Discover Texas, the Lone Star State, home to rolling plains and rugged hills, dusty desert, towering mountains, prairie land and forest. Explore the laidback capital of Austin, cowboy crazy Dallas, space age Houston, vibrant cities, stunning national parks and cultural hot spots.
Release your inner cowboy with a Stetson and cowboy boots, get your adrenalin pumping at a rodeo and visit a ranch for a truly enlightening experience. Feel in tune with nature as you traverse this beautiful rugged landscape by horseback and try your hand at canoeing and clay pigeon shooting.
Visit The Alamo in San Antonio and pay homage to the bravery and courage of the Texan troops as you make your way through the Shrine, the Long Barracks Museum and the Gift Museum. Wander through the stunning Alamo Gardens and stroll along the picturesque River Walk.
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Texas holidays highlights:
• During your Texas Highlights trip explore the dynamic city of Dallas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and marvel at its 20th century architecture and modern skyscrapers. Immerse yourself in history and culture in San Antonio and be at one with nature in the immense Big Bend National Park.
• On the Discover Texas Tour visit Houston and the NASA Johnson Space Center, see Fort Worth’s National Cowgirl Museum and the largest Honky Tonk before enjoying the live music scene in Austin.
Texas in Detail:
The most famous attraction in the city is doubtless the Houston Space Centre, where you can handle real lunar rock or climb into a space capsule. Culture vultures will flock to the centre which boasts the second-biggest theatre district in the USA after Broadway and 18 top museums. Every March, this glitzy cultural metropolis becomes a genuine Wild West city with cowboys, ranchers and country stars gathering at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
A shimmering skyline and supersize ego, football stars and television millionaires, this economic hub is also home to the largest artists’ district in urban USA as well as The Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art. The Sixth Floor Museum is a must for any history-lover for it was at this very spot that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shot at J. F. Kennedy. Dallas is also a shopper’s paradise and the city is full of excellent restaurants.
A stroll through the Stockyards district is like walking onto the historical set of a Western. You can watch the daily herding of cattle along Main Street and stop by for a drink in a saloon - this is Texas as it was 100 years ago. Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky tonk, gives you the chance to try your hand at bull-riding.
Seat of government in the Texas ‘Hill Country’, the state's charming capital is at the centre of the geographic heart and surrounded by rivers, meadows and vineyards. Students and politicians, music fans and friends of nature — they all come to Austin. The emblem of the city, the mighty dome of the Texas State Capitol, trumps its counterpart in Washington in terms of height. Almost 200 clubs Downtown showcase concerts of all music genres, and every night the city-owned bat colony under the Congress Avenue Bridge offers a unique spectacle as the inhabitants swarm out during the sunset to catch their prey. For even more wildlife, why not plan a stay on a guest ranch nearby and live like the cowboys.
Mariachi melodies, colourful lights and the aroma of tortillas and chilli, a stroll along the River Walk transports you right into Mexico with the pleasant shade of poplars and cypresses, galleries, boutiques and restaurants inviting you to linger awhile. Hispanic and Texan culture didn’t always mix so harmoniously and a walk on the Mission Trail leads past five Spanish missions originally founded to convert the Indians to Catholicism. Starting point of the footpath is The Alamo, the long-defended bastion in the Texan War of Independence and today a symbol across the country for the indomitable Texan spirit.