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Holidays in Texas

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.

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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.

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Lone Star Trail

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  • 1 night Fort Stockton, 1 night El Paso, 2 nights Albuquerque
  • 1 night Amarillo, 1 night Forth Worth

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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 NASA Johnson Space. Enjoy Houston attractions at a discount with Houston CityPASS. For information on the NASA Johnson Space Center click here.

As well as nearly 200 live music venues, Austin is also home to a range of great bars, boutique shops, and now to the Circuit of the Americas which hosts the F1. Outdoorsy types will love the number of parks, and the chance to explore some Texan terrain on a hiking trail. The Texas Hill Country surrounding Austin is a great golf and spa destination.

Gaze out over rolling hills and up at the elegant 18th-century mission buildings; browse its art museums, and get yourself a real cowboy hat from Paris Hatters to a Pope… and Kid Rock. Make sure to try the local take on Mexican food; almost a food group in itself, you won’t taste better Tex-Mex anywhere else.

This is big-country America at its best. Practise your drawl as you try on cowboy boots, and see the JFK memorial at the Sixth Floor Museum. Don’t miss the contemporary culinary scene which combines the culinary influences from the cultures that made Texas. Dallas has great shopping from high-end boutiques to outlet malls, the choice is yours.

Now the nation's 16th-largest city by population, Fort Worth is a destination redefined. The city brands itself as the "City of Cowboys and Culture," featuring world-class museums, art galleries, live theater, concerts, opera and ballet along with a year-round rodeo and the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. Fort Worth offers varied entertainment districts, where visitors can experience Western heritage, world-class art, shopping, nightlife and dining.

The Lone Star State offers an incredible variety of experiences in its exciting cities. Thanks to its rich Western heritage, there are plenty of rugged outdoor adventures to be had, and centuries of unique history to soak up. Dallas has the Sixth Floor Museum, and Southfork Ranch will be familiar to fans of America’s most iconic soap opera. Enjoy a thrilling local rodeo show; work off that Tex-Mex lunch or dinner by learning the Texas Two-Step. Thinking of a road trip? Austin or Dallas are perfect places to start, offering miles and miles of stunning scenery.

If you are cruising on Interstate 40 (the legendary Route 66 in Texas) near Amarillo look out for the Cadillac Ranch. See ten Cadillac cars buried in the ground to mimic the Cheops Pyramids. The beautiful 18th-century Spanish missions are worth admiring; the Witte Museum and Institute of Texan Cultures give you an overview of south Texan heritage.Take a tour of Austin’s imposing Texas State Capitol government building. Up in Dallas is the Nasher Sculpture Centre. A true modern architectural gem, it’s a sculpture garden and 20th-century art gallery.

No Texas trip is complete without hanging out with real cowboys. Here’s your chance to say "back at the ranch…" and mean it, by staying at the Mayan Dude Ranch (Bandera, Texas) or the Wildcatter Ranch and Resort (Graham, Texas). See the city’s colonial architecture by pushbike, heading out along the Mission Reach trail. If you’re in Austin, pull on your hiking boots or hire a bike to venture out onto its rugged routes. There are lots of water-based sports here, from kayaking to paddle boarding. With over 16,000 acres of land to explore, adventurers are spoiled for choice.

Take a day off from ranching, road trips and rodeos to experience a classic American theme park. Indulge in all the thrills Six Flags Fiesta Texas can throw at you; get some relief from the Texan heat in one of the three big Schlitterbahn water parks (San Antonio, Galveston and South Padre Island). Another essential experience to tick off the list is a trip to Houston’s NASA Space Centre.

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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.


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

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.

Weather and climate

Temperatures: In the mid 20°Cs to low 30°Cs 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.

Getting around

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.


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).

Tuck in Those with gourmet tastes should make a beeline for Culinaria, a wine and culinary arts festival in San Antonio (May) or the Savor Dallas food festival (both in March), and the Austin Food and Wine Festival in April.

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

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