US Nursing: Texas
Nurses will find that the state conveniently splits itself into seven geographic regions. Each has a different landscapes and identity. There are beaches, mountains, canyons and dynamic cities:
This region evidences over 600 miles of coastline. Along the way an nurse will find characterful seaside towns.
Exploring this coastline, uncovers quite unique area. For example the Padre Island National Seashore, displays the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier-island beach in the world.
Such a coastline naturally attracts wildlife of all kinds. Notable amongst these are birds. Bird lovers (popularly known as “twitchers’ target Port Aransas, Mustang Island and other popular bird-watching spots such as those on the Coastal Birding Trail. Here they delight in hundreds of rare or even endangered species of birds in their natural habitats.
History is in abundance for US nurses with this interest. This coastline is dotted with historical landmarks, clearly evidencing important episodes in the state’s past. Examples include the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, here Texas gained its independence from Mexico. Also, the Spindletop in Beaumont, the discovery that sparked the oil industry in the state.
With a fine climate predictably the family of an enterprising nurses will discover that this area has a fine reputation for for water parks, amusement parks etc. Even extra terrestrial experiences await such as the NASA Space Center. A well known Texan waterfronts is Corpus Christi is a popular seaport and hosts a wondrous sailboat regatta in the Corpus Christi Marina two or three times a month. During Mardi Gras many activities can be found in Galveston is the place to be.
Nurses will see that Texas is awash with culinary specialities, it possesses all the ingredients for unique culinary experiences. Most feature fresh seafood, scintillating barbecue and ethnic delicacies from around the globe. Houston delights in the nation’s finest dining and shopping, mostly found in the Galleria.
Houston bounds with creative energy and adores the arts and culture. Examples include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is famous worldwide for its unique collection. Also, in an outdoor setting, The Cullen Sculpture Garden is very memorable. Of more intellectual interest Houston Museum of Natural Science is an engaging experience. On a lighter note, the Art Car Museum or Cockrell Butterfly Center are well worth visiting.
Notable here are the canyons. South of Amarillo lies one of this areas most spectacular natural attractions: Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Here on finds the meanders of the Red River have carved remarkable spires and pinnacles of Palo Duro Canyon. Sheer walls plunge almsot 1,000 feet to the floor below and reveal multi-colored rock strata. Similarly fascinating is Caprock Canyons State Park, a marvelous excursion for a nurses young family with trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding.
The US has a past firmly rooted in the automobile industry America’s most famous highway Route66 winds its way through the Panhandle Plains. A nostalgic drive awaits with a plethora of roadside attractions.
Nurses with an interest in 50’s American music will learn that pop legend Buddy Holly grew up in this area. A centre for him is the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock.
Nurses visiting Big Bend Country will appreciate dramatic canyons and probably be hiking and biking enthusiasts. The beauty of Big Bend is its fascinating blend of amazing landscapes and western nostalgia. Dramatic mountains, valleys and plains stretch for hundreds of miles.
Enjoying a huge reputation is the Big Bend National Park which features astonishing vies from its highest point. Similarly to be admired are the dunes of the Monahans Sandhills State Park and the dramatic terrain while canoeing the vigorous rapids of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Thos with relaxation in mind should visit Balmorhea State Park where a dip awaits in one of the largest man-made swimming holes.
Nurses will find that the Old West poignantly lives on. History is redolent in places like Fort Bliss, Fort Davis and Fort Stockton which hosted a good number of gunfights and cavalries. Grounds and surrounding monuments all this past to gracefully unfold with its detail underlined by the of number of well run museums. A more modern view of West Texas life, can be seen in cities like El Paso and Midland-Odessa.
In terms of unique experiences the Marfa lights deserves a visit.
In central Texas nurses will find Hill Country, an area that can be consider this the heart and soul of the state. The terrain embraces picturesque rolling hills, sparkling rivers and extensive Springtime displays of bluebonnets.
Hill Country is predictably displays rolling green hills and dramatic, landscapes populated by all kinds of foliage. Calm flat Lakes abound and spring-fed rivers create a natural environment a for swimming, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Spectacular caves systems such as Cascade Caverns, show glistening drops of water on the Diamond Ceiling as well as a nine-story-high underground waterfall and rare wildlife, too.
Vines were cultivated in Texas as far back as the 1600s, making this one of the oldest and most prolific wine-growing states.
On a lighter note nurses will find unique attractions like Schlitterbahn Water Park on the Comal River. The area is also well populated with music venues such as Austin and the classic dance halls of towns like Gruene.
Nurses will discover that Texas boasts extensive tracts of land capturing the shards of light beneath from these pine trees, (as well as broad hardwood forests too).
The state of Texas is certainly one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. The region features several tremendous national and state forests. Towards the south, towering pine forests slowly transform to lverdant wetlands in the Caddo Lake and Big Thicket National Preserve areas. In the Autumnl, many of Texas’ most epic landscapes put on a real show od arresting autumn colors.
Naturally Oil is a fundamental part of the state’s development. Kilgore, Marshall, Joinerville and Longview, are replete with the East Texas oil tradition. Easily explored are the oil boom days with museums and a variety of attractions marking the state’s impact on the industry.
Numerous parts of East Texas, Tyler and Nacogdoches for example still possess graceful elements of the Old South. The abundant Southern hospitality and charm of this region are unmistakable. Tyler hosts the nations’ largest municipal rose garden.
Nurses living in Dallas, Fort Worth and the number of cities between will have become well aquinated this the area known as the Metroplex. Dallas is known for nightlife. Fair Park hosts the State Fair of Texas, plus museums and art deco. The Deep Ellum Entertainment District and Oak Cliff overflow with colorful experiences. And sports fans could hardly miss the colossal Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, with the Texas Rangers football team nearby. Other attractions include Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
Fort Worth prides itself on contrasting Big D. While Dallas offers plenty of glitz, Fort Worth showcases its heritage and cowboy spirit. The Stockyards National Historic District, National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and Billy Bob’s Texas are amongst the best visited attractions. Fort Worth’ cultural experiences are numerous and feature the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Bass Performance Hall.
The Texans are a proud and friendly people. Everywhere nurses will find totems to well known brands and its historical past. Quirky examples include the Dr Pepper Museum and the famous Blue Bell Creameries. The list goes on: the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Waco Mammoth Site, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Dinosaur Valley State Park and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Here nurses will discover a region with region with a lush, nearly tropical climate, rugged natural beauty and one of the more dynamic urban centers, it’s also rich with wildlife, history and cultural attractions.
The region wears its history with prides. Featuring are the Spanish conquistadors as well as missions built for Franciscan monks. Also to enjoy are some of America’s finest Spanish architecture such as Goliad”s graceful Mission Espiritu Santo or the Mission District of San Antonio.
San Antonio is an incredibly diverse, rapidly-growing city. The famous River Walk is worth spending some time in, overflowing with shops, restaurants and late-nighthappenings. Some the many attractions for nurse and family here include SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Children’s Museum. San Sntonio also values the arts. The McNay Art Museum, Mexican Cultural Institute and San Antonio Museum of Art are among the best known.
Nurses who are nature lovers can delight the semi-tropical Rio Grande Valley, certainly one of the best birding and butterfly-watching spots in North America. Several major migratory routes converge, and this is the home of the World Birding Center.