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TRIP TO TEXAS? TICK.

A holiday to Texas will take you to the USA’s second-biggest state. Right in the heart of America’s South Central region, Texas stretches all the way from the Chihuahuan Desert in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east – with rolling plains, lush state parks and vibrant cities in-between. The Lone Star State is the land of the cowboy, so Texas holidays are often associated with all things Wild West. But you’ll soon discover that there’s a lot more to this place than ranches and rodeos

As you’d expect from somewhere so vast, Texas truly does have something for everyone. To get a real feel for the place, we’d recommend splitting your holiday between the state’s pulsing cities and dusty wilderness. Urbanites will feel right at home in energetic Austin – the state capital – where food trucks and live music venues are dotted on every corner. Elsewhere, you can marvel at Houston’s Space Center and brilliant Museum of Natural Science, or catch an NFL game in Dallas. Whichever metropolis you head to, you can expect to find drool-worthy Texas BBQ – namely slow-cooked brisket and juicy pork ribs.

Once you’ve had your fill of Texas’ bustling cities, why not slow down the pace? Head into the countryside, where you can go hiking and horse-riding. It’s also the perfect opportunity to learn about Texas’ fascinating cowboy culture. Gun-toting outlaws are a thing of the past, but raising cattle remains a major way of life here – and so-called ‘working cowboys’ still run the ranches today. To find out more about 19th-century cowboys and see their modern-day equivalents in action, make sure you visit time-stamped Fort Worth. And it goes without saying that no trip to Texas would be complete without watching an exciting rodeo show

Tempted? Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more about our Texas holidays. Whether you want to discover modern cities with great food, or you’re eager to experience an authentic ranch, we’ll help you tailor-make your perfect trip.

 

City sights

Texas BBQ

Cowboy culture

Best time to go

City sights & attractions

Of the 10 biggest cities in the USA, three of them are in the Lone Star State. So you’ll never be short of things to do in Texas. The state capital, Austin, is often referred to as ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ – and it’s not hard to see why. There are live performances every night of the week, across more than 250 music venues. And, if you plan your holiday to Texas for October, you’ll be able to watch hundreds of performances at Austin City Limits Festival.

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Elsewhere, Dallas has a number of attractions. You could watch an NFL game at the enormous AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Or, if it’s history you’re after, visit what used to be the Texas School Book Depository – the site from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy in 1963 – and learn more about America’s 35th President.

And don’t forget Houston. Naturally, the city’s Space Center is the biggest attraction, but there’s plenty more to see. You could tick off the Museum of Natural Science, stroll around some of the city’s 52,000 acres of parkland, or shop ‘til you drop at Texas’ biggest mall, The Galleria.

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Texas BBQ

Texas holidays are often associated with delicious Southern fare – and rightly so. This neck of the woods is famous for its fiery grills and Mexican-inspired dishes. But the cream of the crop is Texas BBQ. As any local will tell you, Texas BBQ is made using a very specific method, where the meat is marinated with a dry rub of spices, then cooked low and slow for maximum tenderness and flavour. Meat-lovers will be in their element on a Texas holiday, as menus feature mouthwatering morsels like beef brisket, sticky ribs and pulled pork. And nearly every BBQ joint serves tasty sides like coleslaw, pickles, jalapeños, cornbread and potato salad.

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Austin, in particular, is great for foodies. There are hundreds of food trucks dotted across the city, plus thousands of restaurants. Beer drinkers should head to Banger’s Sausage and Beer Garden, where you can choose between 100 craft brews from Austin’s largest tap wall.

For something a little different, head to San Antonio. Lying further south, this city’s dining scene majors in top-quality Mexican cuisine – expect to find chicken enchiladas, beef tacos, pork tamale and more.

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Cowboy culture

Texas is fiercely proud of its cowboy heritage. Cattle ranches and rodeos are still a big part of life here, especially in the countryside. But even in the cities, you’re sure to see dozens of people wearing cowboy attire, like checked shirts, big-buckle belts, wide-brimmed hats and cowboy boots.

If you’re interested in cowboy culture, you must visit Fort Worth during your Texas holiday. Said to be “Where the West begins”, this city was where cowboys met in the 19th century, before taking their cattle along the famous Chisholm Trail. You can learn about the city’s history on a guided tour of Fort Worth Stockyards, and watch one of the daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue.

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And make sure you go to a rodeo show. It may sound a little clichéd, but this really is a one-of-a-kind experience. Rodeos are held throughout the year in all Texas’ major cities, but they tend to be more frequent between January and March. Contrary to what you may think, it’s not all about bull riding – you can also look forward to livestock shows, barrel racing, kids’ activities and live music.

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Best time to visit Texas

Like the rest of the Deep South, Texas has hot and humid summers. Temperatures regularly reach 38°C and thunderstorms are common. So it’s best to book your Texas holiday for spring or autumn, between March and May or September and November. During these months, you’ll have comfortable weather for exploring, with temperatures hovering between 21°C and 26°C. You might get the odd shower but, generally, it’ll be dry. Plus, autumn is a great time to experience some of the state’s big events, like Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Texas Renaissance Festival in Houston. And, of course, it’s the right season for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Winter in Texas is much cooler, but daytime temperatures still average 12°C. If you do fancy a winter getaway, December or February is the best time to go, as January can be very cold.

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City sights

City sights & attractions

Of the 10 biggest cities in the USA, three of them are in the Lone Star State. So you’ll never be short of things to do in Texas. The state capital, Austin, is often referred to as ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ – and it’s not hard to see why. There are live performances every night of the week, across more than 250 music venues. And, if you plan your holiday to Texas for October, you’ll be able to watch hundreds of performances at Austin City Limits Festival.

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Elsewhere, Dallas has a number of attractions. You could watch an NFL game at the enormous AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Or, if it’s history you’re after, visit what used to be the Texas School Book Depository – the site from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy in 1963 – and learn more about America’s 35th President.

And don’t forget Houston. Naturally, the city’s Space Center is the biggest attraction, but there’s plenty more to see. You could tick off the Museum of Natural Science, stroll around some of the city’s 52,000 acres of parkland, or shop ‘til you drop at Texas’ biggest mall, The Galleria.

Show More
Show Less

Texas BBQ

Texas BBQ

Texas holidays are often associated with delicious Southern fare – and rightly so. This neck of the woods is famous for its fiery grills and Mexican-inspired dishes. But the cream of the crop is Texas BBQ. As any local will tell you, Texas BBQ is made using a very specific method, where the meat is marinated with a dry rub of spices, then cooked low and slow for maximum tenderness and flavour. Meat-lovers will be in their element on a Texas holiday, as menus feature mouthwatering morsels like beef brisket, sticky ribs and pulled pork. And nearly every BBQ joint serves tasty sides like coleslaw, pickles, jalapeños, cornbread and potato salad.

Show More
Show Less

Austin, in particular, is great for foodies. There are hundreds of food trucks dotted across the city, plus thousands of restaurants. Beer drinkers should head to Banger’s Sausage and Beer Garden, where you can choose between 100 craft brews from Austin’s largest tap wall.

For something a little different, head to San Antonio. Lying further south, this city’s dining scene majors in top-quality Mexican cuisine – expect to find chicken enchiladas, beef tacos, pork tamale and more.

Show More
Show Less

Cowboy culture

Cowboy culture

Texas is fiercely proud of its cowboy heritage. Cattle ranches and rodeos are still a big part of life here, especially in the countryside. But even in the cities, you’re sure to see dozens of people wearing cowboy attire, like checked shirts, big-buckle belts, wide-brimmed hats and cowboy boots.

If you’re interested in cowboy culture, you must visit Fort Worth during your Texas holiday. Said to be “Where the West begins”, this city was where cowboys met in the 19th century, before taking their cattle along the famous Chisholm Trail. You can learn about the city’s history on a guided tour of Fort Worth Stockyards, and watch one of the daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue.

Show More
Show Less

And make sure you go to a rodeo show. It may sound a little clichéd, but this really is a one-of-a-kind experience. Rodeos are held throughout the year in all Texas’ major cities, but they tend to be more frequent between January and March. Contrary to what you may think, it’s not all about bull riding – you can also look forward to livestock shows, barrel racing, kids’ activities and live music.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Texas

Like the rest of the Deep South, Texas has hot and humid summers. Temperatures regularly reach 38°C and thunderstorms are common. So it’s best to book your Texas holiday for spring or autumn, between March and May or September and November. During these months, you’ll have comfortable weather for exploring, with temperatures hovering between 21°C and 26°C. You might get the odd shower but, generally, it’ll be dry. Plus, autumn is a great time to experience some of the state’s big events, like Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Texas Renaissance Festival in Houston. And, of course, it’s the right season for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Show Less

Winter in Texas is much cooler, but daytime temperatures still average 12°C. If you do fancy a winter getaway, December or February is the best time to go, as January can be very cold.

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