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  • The Handbook of Texas Online (www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online): The Handbook is an encyclopedia offering concise entries that explain who's who, what's what, and where's where in Texas. It's easy to use and has information on just about everything, from the locations of towns and counties to explanations of some of the state's legends, to biographical data on the many characters who left their mark on Texas history.
  • Texas Department of Transportation (www.traveltex.com): The state's official tourism website is practically the only site you'll need to type in -- everything else will be a link. I especially like the section that offers easily printable discount coupons, primarily for lodging and attractions.
  • Texas Outside (www.texasoutside.com): This is a great resource for planning outdoor activities for just about anywhere in the state. It breaks Texas down into different regions and has separate pages for Texas's largest cities. You'll find maps and information on all sorts of outdoor sports, such as hiking, hunting, fishing, biking, and canoeing.
  • Austin 360 (www.austin360.com): Movie times, traffic reports, restaurant picks, homes, jobs, cars. . . . This site, sponsored in part by the Austin American-Statesman, the city's main newspaper, is a one-stop clicking center for a variety of essentials. It's easy to navigate, too.
  • www.texasmonthly.com: You won't necessarily find San Antonio stories on the Texas Monthly site, but the state's best magazine offers in-depth treatments of lots of interesting topics, so you'll be keyed into a Texas mindset. And the site sometimes highlights hot new San Antonio dining spots.

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