Texas defies geographic categorization, yet another reason for its residents to beam with pride. Most states easily fit into a comfortably accepted natural compartment, such as plains, coasts, or mountains, but Texas has as many as 13 distinct geographic regions, including prairies, mountains, basins, and a valley. Together, these various geographical areas comprise a land area of 261,914 square miles, roughly the size of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina combined. Not surprisingly, Texas’s geography contains enormous extremes. The highest point in the state is Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet above sea level, and the lowest point is, well, sea level along the Gulf Coast . Texas occupies nearly 7 percent of America’s land mass, and boasts the distinction of being larger than any European country.