Hot dang! Texas is huge: more than 261,000 square miles, in fact. Size isn’t everything, of course, but it packs a real punch when it comes to things to do too. Out in the wilds there are barrier islands ringed with dunes, three mountain ranges marking the west of the state as hiking territory, large swathes of pine forests and beautiful bayous for drifting along in a kayak. Back at the ranch, the bright lights in the big cities of Dallas and Houston dazzle with their arts and cultural and announce a thriving nightlife when that lucky ol’ sun goes down. The party never stops in Austin whose refreshingly alternative vibe goes stridently against the Texan grain. San Antonio offers the romance of its Riverwalk and a hoedown or fiesta to spice things up. If you need a break from the city thrills there are plenty of opportunities to mellow out in a historic small town’s courthouse square and watch the tumbleweed roll by. Book a hotel in Texas today!
Austin – Alternative Austin offers a laid back vibe and a counter-cultural edge alongside a steady diet of live music concerts and lush hotels. The 'Live Music Capital of the World' parties not just during its major music festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Festival, but every night of the week.
Houston – We have a problem: Houston offers a relaxing day of museums, shopping and tree-shaded decks before it kicks up a gear for a foodie and theatre thrill fest by night – and top hotels to lay your head in once you’re done. From low-key to high-powered it’s hard to get Houston’s measure but you can find its soul at the rodeo and the barbecue pit. Step outside the city limits for scientific wonder at NASA's Space Center in Clear Lake and the natural wonder of Galveston Island.
Dallas –The 'Big D' is the stuff that American legends are made of: the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, JR and the Ewings, JFK and Dealey Plaza and oil tycoons a plenty. Its contemporary upscale dining scene and well-dressed nightlife mingle amongst historical monuments and a massive 68-acre Arts District. Cultural concerns play second fiddle to conspicuous consumption, however, there are more malls per capita than anywhere else in the US. So load up that credit card, book a hotel and go wild.
Fort Worth – Get a feel for how things used to be in the city that once saw more than 10 million head of cattle passing through on the Chisholm Trail. Today you take in a mini–cattle drive, visit a honky-tonk and cheer at the rodeo to channel that cowboy spirit. Ride ‘em cowboy!
Test out your conspiracy theories at the JFK memorials in Dallas or take in the latest cultural theory and practice in its 68-acre Arts District. Watch the cattle drive through Fort Worth or take a scenic drive to Big Bend National Park. Admire the scenery on Galveston Island or gawp at the science at NASA’s Houston centre. Texas is big enough to contain a world of sights.
Take a trip to the rodeo in Fort Worth or enjoy the upscale restaurants of Dallas. Shop till you drop in the Big D or party till you flop in Austin. Hike the mountains of the west or kayak down the bayous of the Texan countryside. Watch the cheerleaders at a Dallas Cowboys game (you can take in the game too if you fancy) or chow down on a big pile of brisket without even daring to ask for cutlery. Texas is the state to get your hands dirty!