Texas has been named among the Top 10 must-visit regions in 2014 by Lonely Planet.

Texas ranked fifth on the travel media site’s 10 destination recommendations. A panel of travel experts picked the locations based on their “natural beauty and cultural riches,” according to the site.

Within Texas’s recommendation, Houston received a special mention. The ranking pointed out that the city is making an effort to bring greenery back, especially withBuffalo Bayou Park’s large enhancement.

The ranking also factored in the foodie culture of Texas, saying “Celebrity chefs have breathed new life into Texan tucker, fast food has gone gourmet and authentic Tex-Mex means corn from the Mexican plains for your tortillas and Chiapas beans for your coffee.”

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as Lonely Planet’s only U.S. destination on its Top 10 Regions for 2014,” Texas Tourism Director Brad Smythsaid in a statement. “Texas offers a variety of fun and unique experiences for every type of traveler, from the iconic BBQ and cowboy culture to the unexpected gourmet cuisine and major arts districts, it’s no wonder Texas was ranked among some of the most captivating regions in the world.”

The top region named? Sikkim, India.

Other regions mentioned on the list are The Kimberley, Australia; Yorkshire, England; Horkuriku, Japan; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia; Mallorca, Spain; West Coast, New Zealand; Hunan, China; and Ha’apai, Tonga.

In January, the New York Times recommended Houston as a top place to travel in 2013. The Bayou City ranked No. 7 among 46 recommendations.

Sourced from Houston Business Journal