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Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin
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Explore the second-largest state in the Union on a tour that combines the Space Age modernity of Houston with Fort Worth, starting point of the Chisholm Trail; historic, oil-rich Dallas; colourful state capital, Austin; and colonial San Antonio. Enjoy the highlights of this unique state, where fiercely proud locals offer a warm and big Texan welcome for all visitors.
Fly to Houston, and upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by comfortable coach to your overnight hotel in The Woodlands, a pleasant district to the north of the city. Rest and relax after the journey, or perhaps enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Journey north to 'cattletown Fort Worth, the starting point of the famous Chisholm Trail, and still home to authentic Western culture. The famous Stockyards are the focal point of the Historic Quarter, with its wooden boardwalks and old-fashioned storefronts, recreating the days of the Old 'Wild' West.
Spend the morning at the Stockyards, perhaps witnessing a famous Texan cattle drive. We'll then travel to glittering Dallas, forever associated with the events of November 1963, which are faithfully recreated in the Sixth Floor Museum (entrance payable locally) of the Texas Schoolbook Depository overlooking fateful Dealey Plaza. This evening, back in Fort Worth, perhaps visit Billy Bob's Texas, the world's most rip-roarin' Western Saloon.
Today you'll head south, crossing the Rio Brazos at historic Waco en route to leafy, Bohemian Texan State Capital, Austin, for an overnight stay. The city's thriving music scene is home to countless clubs and bars, including the famous Broken Spoke. Listings' magazines might spawn a famous name or two, when they're in town. From March to November, the city is also home to the world's largest urban bat colony, a thrilling sight when one-and-a-half million of the critters take to the skies at dusk!
After a relaxed morning in Austin, perhaps taking in the impressive pink granite capitol building -
predictably bigger and grander than its Federal counterpart in Washington DC - or the famous Driskill Hotel's 19th-century bakery and cafe, make the short journey further south to historic San Antonio, for a two-night stay. This capital of 'Tex-Mex' culture is one of America's most attractive cities. Soak up the atmosphere on its famous River Walk and at historic La Villita district.
Relive the Siege of The Alamo, when Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie held out heroically before finally succumbing to the overwhelming forces of General Santa Anna, in one of the most celebrated episodes of American history. Visit the preserved remains of the mission buildings - a shrine for all Americans - and spend another evening wandering along the River Walk as it snakes its way across the city.
Bid adios to San Antonio and journey east towards the glittering skyline of Houston, for a final two-night stay. Enjoy the opportunity to take in the city, perhaps enjoying the view from a lofty observation platform atop a skyscraper, strolling the green acres of historic Sam Houston Park, or enjoying a visit to one of several world-class galleries or museums.
A guided tour introduces oil-rich Houston's highlights this morning. The tour ends with an unforgettable visit to the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center, the heart of the moon landings nearly 50 years ago. Still a working base for the International Space Station, the center offers an incomparable taste of modern history, brought to life in restored Mission Control and by the sight of the towering Saturn V rocket that fired the astronauts into orbit.
A last morning is free, perhaps to browse the stores of vast Galleria Mall close to the hotel, before you transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.
Arrive back in the UK, after a wonderful Texan journey.