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Everything’s bigger in Texas, as the saying goes. It’s hard to disagree when you consider that the Lone Star State is one of the country’s largest by area and population. Home to NASA’s mission control and countless oil refineries, it’s an industrious place where money talks but manners matter. There’s a proud country music tradition embodied by the likes of George Strait, Willie Nelson and the Chicks. Texans take their food seriously too, so you’ll want to sample some Tex-Mex cuisine, Texas barbecue and kolaches, while chilli con queso and frozen margaritas were invented here.
Texas is as diverse as it is huge. Houston and Dallas are vast metropolises with just as much cultural clout as their east coast counterparts, while liberal Austin is a leading creative hub. Meanwhile, San Antonio’s Spanish-Mexican influence brings another flavour to the mixing pot. If you’re hankering after some history, check out the Alamo and the San Jacinto Monument. Both sites played a central role in Texas’ brief tenure as an independent nation state.
Beyond the cities, discover the fine beaches of the Gulf Coast and swing by Texas Hill Country, an area that’s known for its central European heritage and is rapidly becoming renowned for its wineries. There’s a heap of desert to navigate, but also lakes, forests and mountains galore. Book your flights to Texas to experience all this and more.
The Fairmont Dallas is an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of the Downtown Arts District close to fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. The Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown is a registered National Historic Landmark in the Main Street District. It features rooms decorated with original artworks that celebrate the area’s rich theatre and fashion heritage. The Indigo Downtown - University Austin has an outdoor pool with pool bar and a bar/lounge with outdoor firepit. The towering Fairmont Austin sits in the Central Business District with rooms and suites overlooking the greenery of Lady Bird Lake and the State Capitol. There’s a heated pool and an award-winning spa. Then there’s the historic Art Deco Stephen F Austin Roya, which features upscale dining and sophisticated decor. Elsewhere, the Hyatt Regency Austin is a Four Diamond hotel where you can relax by the pool or work out in the 24-hour gym. Meanwhile, the Hyatt House Houston/Galleria is near a prime shopping area and features suites with fully equipped kitchens and en-suite bathrooms with standalone bath tubs.
Everything’s bigger in Texas – and that means bigger tunes and even bigger artists. Our tribute to the Lone Star State features everyone from Beyonce to ZZ Top. So wind your window down as you zip through the land of ten-gallon hats, cattle ranches, barbecue and endless desert while you bop along to our hand-picked soundtrack of right rollicking ditties.
Plan a road trip that will send your senses dizzy. Explore the valley lakes and snow-dusted peaks of Canada’s National Parks, hit up hypnotic scenery across the US’s west coast and beyond or tick off the big cities of the US’s east coast on an unforgettable trip. Look at our guide to help you decide.
Texas hosts a variety of major annual events attracting visitors from across the globe. Every March, Austin is overrun by the cultural phenomenon that is South by Southwest, while the Texas State Fair in Dallas each September provides ample family fun for weeks at a time.
With the beautiful Colorado River as its backdrop and a vibrant entertainment scene that boasts over 250 music venues, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in the state capital, Austin. “Keep Austin Weird” goes the city’s strapline, and eccentric activities here include water cycling on Lady Bird Lake, playing bingo with chicken poop, visiting a cathedral made of rubbish and watching the bats cluster at sunset.
The Southern states’ second-largest city, San Antonio, is a rich melting pot of Hispanic and Mexican. It's home to the Alamo and various other missions, an engaging River Walk and over 50 museums and galleries, including the McNay Art Museum, the DoSeum children’s museum and the Witte Museum. It also has several amusement parks, haunted hotels, several beautiful parks, attractions like the Tower of the Americas and one giant pair of cowboy boots.
Infamous for being the place where President John F Kennedy was assassinated, Dallas offers soaring skyscrapers, prime shopping and galleries such as the Nasher Sculpture Center. Beyond the bustling downtown lie distinctive districts like music-centric Deep Ellum and hipster enclave Bishop Arts District.
Dallas’ neighbour Fort Worth is widely known as “Where the West Begins”, with a thriving cowboy culture best embodied by the Stockyards hosting twice-daily cattle drives, weekend rodeos and Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honky tonk. Elsewhere, there are art galleries and museums, local wineries, a living history museum, a charming botanical garden and the Texas Motor Speedway.
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