Texas

Welcome to the Wild West. The second largest state in America, Texas is a leisure wonderland with an abundance of sunshine, spectacular countryside, and sensational cities.

This south-west region of the USA delivers amazing sights, sites, and experiences at every turn. There are vast open spaces, exciting cities, charming old world gems, and outdoor activities, all coated with a unique layer of Tex-Mex style and flair. Find your inner John Wayne and soak up the atmosphere.

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If you fancy staying on a ranch in Texas, you can choose from a guest ranch (more like a hotel with riding), a working ranch (where you can get stuck in with the ranch hands) or a traditional dude ranch (somewhere between the two!).

No visit to San Antonio, Texas is complete without a visit to The Alamo and a meander along the Riverwalk with its array of bars and restaurants, many of which have live entertainment in the evenings.

No visit to Houston is complete without a trip to the NASA Space Centre. Admission is also included in the Houston City Pass.

Explore the German heritage of Texas' Hill Country region, by visiting the shops and attractions of historic Fredericksburg. Feast on German fare and music at the famous Oktoberfest in late September.

Discover world famous BBQ food in Austin at Franklins BBQ restaurant. Should you not be a fan of BBQ food, then sample one of the many food trucks around the city.

See 'America's Team', the Dallas Cowboys American Football team at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington. Contact us for details on tickets.

Friday night is Rodeo night in Bandera throughout the summer months. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to see real cowboys taking part in events such as roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

A big state with a bigger heart

Texas doesn’t do anything in small doses. There’s the glittering city of shopping-heaven Dallas along with heritage-rich and relatively ‘petite’, but lively Austin which is surrounded by wilderness. Then there’s the gateway city of Houston, home to the nation’s space programme with a deserved reputation for its restaurant scene. American lifestyle fuses with a Mexican flair in elegant San Antonio where the Tex-Mex cuisine, colourful history, charming boutiques, and romantic evening river walks ensure a memorable stay. San Antonio is also where you’ll find The Alamo, which dates back to 1724 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Texas’ wide-open spaces

An outdoor adventure beckons with dude-ranching, hiking trails, and other outdoor pursuits whilst the theme parks and 900 golf courses are just the start of the entertainment and activities on offer. Don’t forget that Texas has its own coastline too – Galveston and Corpus Christi are the key coastal cities and the places to drink in the sea air as you wander around the waterfront before a delicious seafood dinner.

Ranching

No trip to Texas is complete without a stay on a ranch. From horseback riding to learning how to rope, the working dude ranches found in Texas are a great place to learn all about the cowboy culture and see how a real ranch works, while getting your hands dirty and helping out. The small town of Bandera, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is the self proclaimed ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’ and features an abundance of ranches, honky tonks and small stores.  Every Friday night throughout summer, the town rodeo takes place and is an iconic Texan spectacle.

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