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On this 14 day adventure you will venture across the Lone Star State of Texas and into New Mexico.

Texas is the heart of America's cowboy country and what better way to experience it then by doing what the locals do.

Everything in this state is big and that goes for their cities too - on this self drive trip of a lifetime you'll get to explore the gleaming skyscrapers of Dallas, the bustling live music scene of Austin and get involved in America's love of outer space in Houston.

Step into cowboy country and rich western history in Fort Worth, watch daily cattle drives and rodeos in Stock Yards.

Head across the state on roads that seem never-ending and embrace the company that's with you driving past breathtaking scenery and to culturally important sights into the state of New Mexico. Discover cities such as Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Amarillo.

Duration

14 Days

Recommended For

Adventure, City, Couples, Culture, Family, Honeymoons, Iconic Journeys, Self Drive, USA Road Trips

Options

Private basis

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Trip Highlights

  • Listen to the live bands playing in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin
  • Fall in love with outer space like the city of Houston has
  • Stroll along the San Antonio River Walk
  • Santa Fe, UNESCO City of Design, Crafts and Folk Art
  • Lively Dallas
  • Saddle up and embrace cowboy country in Fort Worth

Start your Journey

Day 1

Dallas

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Arrive into Dallas Airport, pick up your car and transfer to your hotel for the first night of your trip. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure in the city. 

  • Suggested Accommodation Sheraton Dallas Hotel or similar
Day 2

Dallas to Austin (207 miles)

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Your journey truly begins today. Leave Dallas and head for the state's capital city - Austin. This exciting and dynamic city is best known for its amazing music scene, and with over 250 live music venues, a vibrant art scene and impressive historic monuments, you will never be short of something to do.

  • Suggested Accommodation Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown or similar
Day 3

Austin

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Today you will have a full day to explore Austin, stroll down Sixth Street or through the Red River District for some of the city’s hottest bars and honky-tonks.  Visit the boutiques on South Congress for unique shopping or head over to The Domain for more familiar brands.

  • Suggested Accommodation Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown or similar
Day 4

Austin to Houston (201 miles)

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Discover Houston including the unique Heritage Park, pay a visit to the NASA Johnson Space Center or just explore this large and impressive city including its impressive skyscrapers. 

  • Suggested Accommodation The Westin Oaks or similar
Day 5

Houston to Corpus Christi (213 miles)

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Take a short drive to the island of Galveston, filled with Victorian architectural reminders of its reign as Texas' leading port. The island dominated commerce along the Gulf until it was brutally ended by hurricanes. Then head to Corpus Christi otherwise known as Texas' playground. 

  • Suggested Accommodation Best Western Paradise Inn or similar
Day 6

Corpus Christi to San Antonio (149 miles)

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Admire the open range and farmlands of the early settlers on your way to the city of San Antonio. San Antonio's unique blend of cultures makes it one of the most charming and diverse cities in the United States. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the heart of the city within easy reach of the major sights and landmarks.

  • Suggested Accommodation El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel or similar
Day 7

San Antonio

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Spend the day as you wish, exploring the historic and cultural delights of San Antonio. Visit the Alamo, stroll along the beautiful Riverwalk or just soak up the atmosphere from a pavement cafe.

  • Suggested Accommodation El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel or similar
Day 8

San Antonio to Pecos County to Fort Stockton (330 miles)

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The rolling hill country was the site of early settlements in mid-Texas. Farmer had to battle infertile earth and Comanches to survive. The code of the west rules here as you travel through Pecos County where giants such as Pecos Bill are made. Look for a wide range of wildlife that call these baron landscapes and regions their home including coyote, deer and jackrabbits.

  • Suggested Accommodation Hampton Inn Fort Stockton or similar
Day 9

Fort Stockton to El Paso (240 miles)

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The city of El Paso is situated on the most western tip of the Lone Star State and is located on the border between the United States and Mexico. It's allowed the best of both cultures to combine and create the Tex-Mex traditions and cultures alongside its typical desert landscape make it a unique and interesting place to visit.

  • Suggested Accommodation Quality Inn Airport East or similar
Day 10

El Paso to Albuquerque (269 miles)

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Cross the border into the state of New Mexico. Between the mountainous terrain and mesas runs a river heading towards the city of Albuquerque.

  • Suggested Accommodation Hyatt Regency or similar
Day 11

Albuquerque

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Albuquerque is a thriving city full of attractions and events to see and do. From the historic Old Town where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706 to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most popular ballooning event in the world.  

  • Suggested Accommodation Hyatt Regency or similar
Day 12

Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Amarillo (340 miles)

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Unique to this area are the Pinyon pines, which produce an edible nut considered a gourmet delicacy in the west. Continue eastward to the panhandle of Texas and hopefully you'll get a glimpse of the Texas blue sky or the towering thundercloud. Amarillo was once a rail-head town for cattle shipments, the cattle industry is still an important part of the city's economic welfare and we recommend visiting the Cadillac graveyard.

  • Suggested Accommodation Quality Inn Medical Center or similar
Day 13

Amarillo to Fort Worth (340 miles)

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Drive eastward today to Palo Duro Canyon and see artefacts of Pre-Pueblo inhabitants. Then continue south towards Fort Worth. The City of Cowboys and culture is the 16th largest city in the United States and offers visitors rich Western history, world class art and entertainment. The Old West is alive and well in Fort Worth; learn to two-step at the world's largest honky-tonks, watch a year-round rodeo, see a daily cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District or have a drink in a real Western Saloon.

  • Suggested Accommodation Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards or similar
Day 14

Fort Worth

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Return your rental car at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport before your departure flight to either head home or to your onward destination. 

Includes

  • International flights
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire and insurance

Excludes

  • One way drop car hire fees (if applicable)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)

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