Don't get me wrong, I like Texas, Texans, and all that it represents. But I'm just back from my 2nd West Texas trip since October and 11 hours driving out and 11 hours back can beat you up. Near Hobbs the first time and Lubbock the second and shoot there's more Texas further west!! I figure I've seen parts even native Texans haven't. Texas isn't BIG, its HUGE.! I like the wide open spaces and being surrounded by horizon though. It reminds me lots of home in Western Kansas.
By geographic area, and room to spare, you could fit 3 of Kansas, or Louisiana 6 times, 5 of the state of Arkansas. All of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Labrador & New Foundland at once with room for Oklahoma left over.
The way I figure it, the guy who sang " I'd waltz across Texas with you in my arms" didn't have a map.
I'd like Texas much better in smaller doses.