Trip reference number: 139607
Champion the Texan love of freedom with a luxury self-drive through sweeping open plains into the surprisingly green meadows of the state’s hill country. Along the way you’ll stay amongst San Antonio’s revolutionary history and Austin’s thriving music scene before experiencing the progressive culture of Dallas’s art galleries. You’ll also realise your cowboy fantasies with the honkytonk bars and cattle drives of Fort Worth and stays in some of Texas’s most luxurious ranches, complete with a whole range of outdoors activities.
Days 1-2: UK/Dallas-Fort Worth
Make the most of your included airport lounge access before flying to Dallas airport and making your way to that gateway to the Wild West – Fort Worth. Watch the cattle drives and call into a rodeo before following your nose to the restaurants of Sundance Square. Alternatively, take in Dallas' urbane culture, best represented by the 68-acre Arts District and world-class restaurants, a considered contrast to the rough and ready Fort Worth.
Days 3-5: Austin
On your second day, watch as the Texas plains rush by on your way to lively Austin. Roll into town to the thumping beat of the city’s lively music scene, best sampled in one of its quirky honkytonk bars. Be sure to call into the 19th century granite of the Texas State Capitol, the largest of its kind in the country. There are also the leafy sidewalks of the University of Texas campus, home to museums and public art. You’ll also be introduced to the fingerlickin’ world of gourmet food trucks serving everything from brisket to lobster.
Stay: The Driskill Austin (Superior)
Days 6-8: San Antonio
A focal point of the Texas Revolution, San Antonio is home to several historic sites including The Alamo, the mission where a few hundred revolutionaries died defending against thousands of Mexican troops. There’s also the San Antonio National Historic Park where four Spanish frontier missions sit on an area of over 800 acres. Today, San Antonio is perhaps better known for its evocative river walks and European café culture.
Stay: The Emily Morgan San Antonio (Superior)
Days 9-10: Houston
Dropping off your hire car, you'll swap wooden beamed ceilings for the rooftop pool and spacious rooms of your Houston hotel. It’s the ideal base for exploring the sights of Texas's largest city. Expect everything from diverse residential neighbourhoods host to locals-favourite restaurants, to downtown's upscale eateries, sprawling parks and superb museums. Don't miss out on a trip to NASA's Space Center Houston, just 30-minutes from downtown.
Stay: Westin Galleria Houston (Superior)
Days 11-12: Depart for UK
On your final day in the USA, head for the airport and your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 12.
High season: June-September
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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