From the hearts of the people to the economy to the sheer size of the state, the Lone Star State of Texas is big. Second only to Alaska in area, Texas is the second largest state in the nation and has a diverse landscape. Desert land, coastlines, forests, swamps, and mountains of the Big Bend are only a small sample of what can be found in Texas. With a rich history, deep heritage, and strong sense of independence, Texas is a major tourist destination and business hub. In fact, the state is the largest exporter of goods in the United States, and brings in more money than a majority of countries on earth. Over 50 Fortune 500 companies call Texas home. Agriculture, healthcare, defense, aeronautics, energy, and tourism are only some of the major industries in the state. In Texas one must prepare to go big.