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Tours in Texas

The second largest state in the USA, Texas is home to a mix of fascinating cities and beautiful open spaces. 

The Lone Star State is roughly three times the size of the United Kingdom, and couldn’t be more different, and therein lies the adventure. Immerse yourself in Texas’ culture – you’ll find real life cowboys, thriving cities and indulgent foods. From seemingly endless desert plains, through plentiful wine country and wild national parks, Texas is varied, full of surprises, and has a reputation for its warm hospitality.

For a flavour of what Texas has to offer, A Taste of Texas and the Two-Step Tour will show you some of the state's highlights over the course of eight days. Starting things off in Fort Worth, you’ll have the chance to witness a cattle drive, attend a rodeo and make friends with the locals at the dance hall. You’ll explore state capital, Austin, and historic San Antonio before heading to bustling Houston where you will visit the remarkable NASA Johnson Space Center.

If you’ve got more time to play with, or simply want to discover more of this fun-loving state, explore our longer self drive options such as the Lone Star Trail Self Drive Tour. Gain an insight into the life of a modern cowboy when you saddle up and join in a cattle drive. You’ll also explore the best of Texas’ big cities and some of its hidden gems, gaining a well-rounded picture of what it means to call yourself a Texan.

15 days Eaglerider road trip along Route 66

EagleRider Route 66 Guided Motorcycle Tour

Guide Price £5,309 pp  

The quintessential USA road trip but only this time cruising in style on a classic dream machine motorcycle! Take our 15 night escorted tour along the USA's Mother Road all the way from Chicago through eight states past 1950's nostalgia...

Escorted tours

EagleRider Route 66 Guided Motorcycle Tour
8 days Woodshed Patio

A Taste of Texas and the Two-Step Tour

Guide Price £3,129 pp  

Head out on a Texan adventure to discover some of the diverse and most popular cities in the USA's second biggest state. This thrilling eight day small group tour includes some fantastic active experiences such as the scenic trail rides...

USA road trips

A Taste of Texas and the Two-Step Tour
13 days Espada Mission

The Great Texas Escape

Guide Price £2,289 pp  

Texas has it all; from Wild West adventures and big city lights, to small-town simplicity, unique culinary traditions and miles upon miles of white sand beaches. . You will get a real sense of all what the USA's second largest...

Multi centre holidays

The Great Texas Escape
14 days The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Lone Star Trail Self Drive

Guide Price £2,599 pp  

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...

Self drive holidays

Lone Star Trail Self Drive

Charlie

Destination Manager

“Just outside Fredericksburg, there’s the little-known Willow City Loop that will take you on a scenic ride past beautiful Texas bluebonnets. Bring a picnic with you for the perfect romantic day out.”

Isla

Destination Executive

“Texan summers get incredibly hot, so do as the locals do and find yourself a swimming hole. I’d recommend Jacob’s Well, a natural artesian spring above Texas’ longest underwater cave system.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“Every evening around dusk in Austin, approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from the nooks and crannies of the Congress Avenue Bridge. They’re the largest urban bat colony in the world, and it’s absolutely amazing watching them fill the sky.”

The shoulder seasons of March to May, and September to November, tend to have the most comfortable weather, and it’s also when the most rodeos and festivals take place. Summer can get really hot while in winter, in the north of the state, it has even been known to snow.

Texas is well known for its vast farms which provide the state with some excellent produce and enormous quantities of meat. We recommend trying brisket (beef slowly smoked for eight hours), chicken-fried steak, pecan pie and deep fried Twinkies. Chili con carne and barbecue are on many Texan menus and you will also see Tex-Mex dishes such as enchiladas and tacos. If you’re feeling hungry, order a King Ranch casserole, which contains cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, green chillies, chicken, tomato and bell peppers.

Many ranches in Texas are open to adventurous travellers wanting to try their hand at life as a cowboy, this is generally very safe but we recommend you have comprehensive health insurance cover for your own peace of mind. You can also try floating down a river in a rubber ring (tubing) and country-style dancing in a traditional dance hall; hiking, kayaking and rafting through the sprawling national parks is also very popular. 

With vast canyons, sprawling ranches and steaks the size of dinner plates, in Texas bigger is definitely better. Home to real life cowboys, The Lone Star State is the perfect destination for those with an adventurous side. Saddle up and start exploring.

Why you'll love Texas...

  • Remembering The Alamo and the Texans’ struggle for independence
  • Driving along the iconic Route 66, past Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch
  • Calling in at Buc-ee’s, Texas’ beaver-themed roadside rest stop
  • Strolling along the scenic river walk in San Antonio
  • Biking through Palo Duro Canyon, also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Texas’
  • Dancing the two-step at Gruene Hall, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas
  • Wandering, well and truly, off the beaten track in the 800,000 acre Big Bend National Park
  • Making the pilgrimage to Rothko Chapel, one of the world’s holiest places
  • Camping overnight at Enchanted Rock, and gazing up at the stars in Texas’ big sky
  • Hiking out to 60 foot Gorman Falls, which is hidden away in the depths of Colorado Bend State Park
  • Shopping for a pair of authentic cowboy boots at Little’s Boots in San Antonio
  • Shouting “yee-haw” at the rodeo, which is Texas’s official sport

 

Did you know? 

  • The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America. Honorary Rangers include John Wayne, Chuck Norris and former president George H. W. Bush.
  • If you see Big Foot in Texas, you are within your legal rights to shoot it.
  • With 26 lanes at its widest point, the Katy Freeway at Beltway 8 is the world’s widest freeway.