Your Texas holidays simply invite you to take on the role of explorer as you venture into this mighty state’s medley of landscapes, cities and cultures. As cows graze on the Great Plains, soak up the southern sun on golden Gulf Coast beaches, hike towering mountains and dense forest, and sail across open lakes.
You don’t have to look far to get a taste of the traditional Wild West here. Roam the Texas prairies on horseback, or head to Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World. You can while away the hours in saloons and sit beside local ranchers in the town’s honky tonks. With landscapes straight out of a classic Wild West film, it’s not usual to pass by rodeoing cowboys in these parts.
Discover Big Bend National Park and uncover its bountiful beauty. Stretching out over an area bigger than the state of Rhode Island, the park encompasses the red hue of desert land, forest-topped mountains, and the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico on its journey from the Rockies of Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas Holidays: Explore the diverse cities
Your Texas holiday is incomplete until you’ve explored the vibrant cities that make Texas the intriguing place it is. The modern cities of Dallas and Houston stand proudly, as their skyscrapers shimmer in the city lights.
Austin, on the other hand, shines with an independent spirit, evident through its bohemian locals and its title of the ‘Live music capital of the world’. Head to San Antonio, home to tex-mex cuisine and the iconic Alamo, a standing symbol of Texas’ battle for independence.
After touring Texas, why not explore the American Deep South? Take a road trip to Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans, or travel through Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana, and experience true southern hospitality on your tailor-made Deep South Discovery tour.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Texas holidays. With so many options for your Texas holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
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Texas enjoys relatively mild temperatures all-year-round but sees its highest temperatures in the summer months. The best time to go to Texas is from May to September, when you can expect temperatures ranging between an average of 23°C and 29°C. The only downside is that rainfall is at its highest throughout the summer, with average monthly rainfall ranging from 41mm to 97mm between May and September. In winter temperatures fall to an average of 9°C to 10°C.
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‘Most cities are only a short drive away from each other and have their own identity, so try and visit as many as you can. Away from the main cities you can experience the old Texas. A stay on a ranch is a great way to end your holiday where you can have fun being a cowboy for the day.’
‘Texan summers get incredibly hot, so do as the locals do and find a swimming hole. I’d recommend Jacob’s Well, a natural artesian spring above Texas’ longest underwater cave system.’
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Texas holidays, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Mardi Gras Southeast Texas
Mardi Gras Southeast Texas lights up the streets of Beaumont each February for a weekend of flamboyant fun. This festival prides itself on having something for everyone, with live concerts and colourful parades, as well as delicious food and art vendors.
South by Southwest
Each March, the city of Austin hosts South by Southwest, an event that features a fusion of music, film and technology. Over the course of a week, multiple venues across the city welcome tech companies, musicians and filmmakers to showcase their material to fans from all over the world.
Fiesta San Antonio
Over 120 years ago, San Antonio began honoring the fallen heroes of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Now an annual tradition, Fiesta San Antonio also celebrates the city’s diverse cultures. Each April, this ten day party kicks off with an opening ceremony, and features a bounty of vibrant parades, colourful events, great food and lots of confetti.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Get a real taste of Western life at the 23 day Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Hosted in the city where the cowboy lifestyle lives on, the show features endless parades, rodeos, live music, a fair and, of course, great food. Basically this has everything you need to experience the Western Way of life, so we highly recommend you timing your Texas holiday with ths fun-filled event.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Texas holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie hotspots.
Just like the rest of southern USA, Texas boasts varying styles of barbecue. The classic Texas barbecue taste comes from Central Texas, where beef steals the show. Smoked brisket is slow cooked over a wood fire, which is then sliced up and served with onions, pickles and bread.
Unlike many other types of chili, Texas Chili doesn’t use any tomatoes or beans. Instead, it’s made from a tasty beef and a chili paste that has been slow cooked together. The result is a comforting bowl of tender beef in a warming chili sauce.
A Czech dessert adopted by the Texans, kolaches typically consist of a pastry that has been filled with fruit. Texas has put its own spin on the dish, serving up not only traditional fruit jam filled kolaches, but also ones with savoury fillings, like sausage, eggs and cheese.
From breakfast tacos to cheese topped enchiladas, Tex-Mex food is a comforting favourite across the state. The defining feature of Tex-Mex food, as compared to Mexican food, is the heavy use of cheese, meat, beans, cumin and chilli powder. Experience the ultimate feast during your Texas holidays with Tex-Mex.
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