Far from gaudy tourist traps, the Lone Star State contains wonders that will amaze the jaded traveler. Texas dry and arid? Not when you consider the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a habitat of subtropical foliage that is home to 400 species of birds; the Municipal Rose Garden, the country's largest, which contains 30,000 rose bushes in 500 varieties; the Rainforest pyramid, a super greenhouse of primary tropical forest; and the 350,000-gallon salt-water tanks of the Texas State Aquarium. Texans eat barbecue but nothing else? Not when they and their visitors can eat their wurst at Worstfest, fried alligator tail in East Texas, buffalo Wellington, and Czech kolaches (fruit-filled pastries) at Westfest in Brazos country. (All right, there is barbecue, but it includes the World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-Off.) Texas is flat? Then what about those 91 mountains more than a mile high? If a visitor is looking for something real that seems like a myth, however, the places to go include Dinosaur Valley State Park, where there are preserved tracks of Apatosaurus along with life-sized models of it and Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the Y.O. Ranch, where there are nearly fifty species of animals seldom seen and rarely spelled (e.g., Wildebeest, addax and Aoudad).