Texas holidays

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Famous for being cowboy country, the vast ‘Lone Star State’ of Texas was once a nation in its own right. You can experience the full spectrum of cultures and history here, from Mexican and Spanish to German and African-American. Texas draws you in with its hospitality and independent spirit, and has something for everyone: raise the roof at an Austin gig, shop ‘till you drop in cosmopolitan Dallas, and enjoy the romance of San Antonio.

Things to do

In the south-western South Texas Plains region is San Antonio, one of the best resorts in Texas for families. Look out for huge theme parks like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Splashtown. In the central Hill Country region, further north is bohemian state capital Austin. It’s renowned for a live music scene that’s had it dubbed ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’. In the north-eastern Prairies and Lakes district is Dallas, one of the biggest cities in the USA and Fort Worth National Historic District. Houston is USA’s fourth largest city, is home to amazing museums and cultural centers, world-class shopping and Space Centre Houston. Enjoy Houston attractions at a discount with Houston CityPASS. 

 

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Best time to visit Texas: In the spring (April-May) and early autumn through early winter (October-December).

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Fly to: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Dallas, or George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston Airport (IAH) in Houston. You can also fly direct to Austin Bergstrom International Airport from London.

Texas is best for...

Adventures

Hire a classic car and live your dream of a great American road trip.

Music fans

Put a top arts and music festival like Austin’s SXSW on your itinerary.

Budding astronauts

NASA Johnson Space Center is a must for your time in Texas.

Kids

They’ll never forget meeting real cowboys on a dude ranch in Bandera near San Antonio or at the Wildcatter Ranch near Dallas/Fort Worth.

Fast facts for Texas

Language: The main language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: Texas is six hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Dallas, or George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston Airport (IAH) in Houston. You can also fly direct to Austin Bergstrom International Airport from London.

Flight time from UK: Nine hours non-stop to Dallas. Ten hours non-stop to Houston, then up to four hours to San Antonio (depending on stopover time). 11 hours to non-stop to Austin.

Tourist information: Further Texas tourist information can be found here.

Visa / health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Texas.

Getting around Texas

By car: Easily the best way to get around, the good old car offers you the freedom to explore a city and enjoy a good road trip.

By public transport: Dallas’ DART light rail and Houston’s METRO Rail system have you covered for getting around if you’re not driving.

Events in Texas

Music and culture Austin is famous for its festivals: South by Southwest (SXSW) is an extravaganza of film and music held every March. There’s also Austin City Limits Festival (October) and Fiesta San Antonio (April).

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State Fair From late September to mid-October, Fair Park in Dallas is taken over by the lively Texas State Fair.

Super Bowl This sporting spectacular takes place annually in February and is a highlight of the calendar for sports fans. For more information, visit https://www.nfl.com/super-bowl.

Texas weather

Temperatures: In the mid-20s (°C) to low-30s (°C) May to September, on average.

Best time to visit Texas: In the spring (April to May) and early autumn through early winter (October to December).

Although the climate varies throughout Texas because it is a large state, as a general rule Texas enjoys long temperate periods during spring and summer, has cool short winters, and is hot and humid in the high summer.

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