Texas is known around the world as a state fiercely proud of their heritage and laid-back way of life. Not to be outshone by the USA’s coastal areas, there are two definite sides to this welcoming state – old versus new.
The second biggest state after Alaska, Texas is vast, with seven major areas covering 269,000-square miles of diverse terrain. Within this space you will find beaches along the Gulf Coast, cattle-grazing plains as far as the eye can see, and lakes, forests and mountainous regions galore. The plains are home to the cowboy – raising cattle is a major way of life. Cowboy boots and Stetson hats are widely worn and rodeo is still a favourite pastime. Yet Houston and Dallas are populous metropolises that have all the glitz and glamour of East coast cities. Liberal Austin is a haven for musicians and filmmakers, also famous as a tech capital. And San Antonio’s Spanish-Mexican influence offers yet another side. Texas has everything to offer, it is both natural and industrial, and old-world and high-tech at once. In one day you can travel from a guest ranch corralling cattle to a major city promising the cutting edge technology of the space programme. Little wonder Texans are proud of this wonderful state.
With an area as large as Texas, the only way to travel is by car. Hire a car in Austin, Dallas or Houston and explore in style. Drive to San Antonio, near Austin, for a Spanish-influenced city amid beautiful vineyards and rolling hills. Or journey from Houston along the Gulf Coast’s fantastic beaches at your own pace. Head west toward Big Bend to stay with cowboys at a working ranch or go north east to see centuries-old cypress trees around Caddo Lake.
Texas is ideal for family holidays because you can be outdoors all the time. Try riding horses in hill country, go kayaking down the Rio Grande or discover some of the best amusement parks in the USA. Explore natural swimming spots, like the stunning Hamilton Pool near Austin, and visit the many Water Parks dotted all over the state. Find brilliant museums in Dallas, such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or see the San Antonio Zoo. Houston is home to the NASA Space Center, near to where they launched rockets to the moon.
Make your holiday to Texas cheaper by booking flights and hotels together, pick from our range of three star hotels and hire a car to travel around the state. There is lots do for free, like going to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. You can visit galleries and museums in Houston, watch live music in Austin or go hiking in the Panhandle in northern Texas. Stay at The Fairmont in Dallas in the heart of the arts district, or be amongst the hip bars of Austin at Aloft The Domain.
Let the pioneering spirit take over on holidays in Texas. Travel to Amarillo, the gateway to the Palo Duro Canyon National Park - a stunning expanse home to much flora and fauna. Then, in the west of Texas you will find Big Bend National Park, home to the Chihuahuan Desert and one of the most diverse regions in the USA. Go horse trekking on the plains or try kayaking down the winding rapids of the Rio Grande. Then hike through landscapes that inspired the first Hollywood westerns - Texas is a state made for adventure.
Texas has produced some of the best professional golfers, like Byron Nelson and legend Ben Hogan. The fertile soil, undulating landscapes, perfect weather and laid-back atmosphere create the ideal playing conditions. Stay at one of our golf resorts in Texas to challenge yourself to the Lone Star State’s best course. Like the Omni Barton Creek outside Austin, or the stunning La Cantera in San Antonio. Both resorts have championship-level courses amid breathtaking scenery in the Hill Country. Or nearer to Dallas, the Aloft Las Colinas is surrounded by brilliant courses like the Luna Vista Golf Course.
Popular multi-centre holidays in Texas
Discover the contrasts of the Lone Star State and beyond on multi-centre holidays.
Fly into Dallas, a glittering metropolis where shopping is top of the agenda. Lose yourself in the original Neiman Marcus store or peruse the best cowboy clothing in town at Wild Bill’s. Dallas’s unique museums and memorials, upscale dining and nightlife also put the city on the map. Then move on to Fort Worth, a living museum of the Wild West, where mini-cattle drives and rodeos still draw in the crowds. Head to Billy Bob’s for live country music. Or to Sundance Square for plenty of dining and drinking options.
Start your trip in Austin‘the live music capital of the world’ where you can combine the world-class sounds with eclectic sightseeing and outdoor adventures. Then drive to San Antonio, a large city with a small town feel. Discover quaint riverside cafes and beautiful gardens. Or soak up the history of The Alamo, a celebrated World Heritage Site. Conclude your holiday in Houston. Enjoy the city’s museums and shopping by day, then make the most of the renowned theatre and foodie scenes by night.
Discover the unique personalities of these three Texan cities as you tour The Texas Triangle. With more shopping malls per capita than anywhere else in the US, Dallasis definitely a shopper’s paradise – and the celebrated dining and nightlife provide plenty of options too. Stop next at Austin, the Texan capital and a music hotspot. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by Austin’s evolving culture and spectacular surroundings. Finish up in Houston, for your final taste of Texan shopping, gastronomy and culture.
Fly into Atlantaand enter the gateway to the South. But make no mistake – there is more to this city than you might expect. Among the shimmering towers of glass you will find beautiful examples of pre-war architecture, and lush green spaces interrupting the urban throng. Not to mention blossoming arts and culinary scenes. Drive on to New Orleans and soak up the quirky, soulful vibe of the homestead of jazz. Then drive on to Austinand continue the music theme in the live music capital of the world.
Book a flight to Phoenix, a vibrant city known for both its culture and beautiful surroundings – and don’t forget the year-round sunshine. Then make your way to Dallas, a modern city which will delight you with its unexpected greenery, hidden culture and throwbacks to tradition. Next, stop in Austinto experience its famous music scene and more. Shop for traditional Texan gear and soak up the charm and history of the Texan capital. Then conclude your holiday in San Antonio, a big city with small town charm and appeal.