For a taste of the Wild West, Texas has it all. Tex-mex feasts, rodeos and a rugged wilderness collide in this staggeringly large state. From glitzy oil cities to small town charm and World Heritage Sites to great national parks, it’s amazingly diverse.
Where to stay in Texas
Creative, cool and historically, a music town, Austin has become known as the Live Musical Capital of the World. It’s foodie offerings are equally eclectic yet it retains a laid back vibe that’s hard to find in most US cities.
Flashy hotels, high-end shopping and an upscale dining scene. Dallas certainly lives up to how it was portrayed in the famous TV show. But from those famous Dallas Cowboys to the arts district and fantastic museums, there’s more to Dallas than you might think.
Franklin Mountains State Park is open for year-round recreation.
It’s just 30 miles from the glitz of Dallas but Fort Worth has a character of its own. Explore ranches, rodeos, and the Cowgirl Museum – not to mention the world’s largest honky tonk and bustling cultural district. The cowboy way of life is alive and well!
You’ll find Galveston just 45 miles from Houston, yet its Victorian mansions, Greek revival buildings and 32-miles of rugged coastline give it a charm of its own. From shrimp festivals and top-notch seafood to a lively pier, it offers a fabulous coastal escape.
As well as being home to NASA’s Space Station, Houston is a sprawling, brash, friendly and prosperous place. From its 8,000 restaurants and thriving cultural districts to swanky art galleries and opera theatre, it’s arguably Texas's most cosmopolitan city.
Famous for its five missions and for the infamous battle of the Alamo, San Antonio is a real mix of Hispanic and German heritage. With al fresco dining, a European-style riverwalk and sound of mariachis in the air, it’s a colourful and diverse city.
Essential information for Texas
Explore the history of NASA’s manned space flight program to the cultural districts such as Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi District.