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Cowboy boots, line dancing and country music meld with slick, oil-wealthy cities, cacti-pricked deserts and weathered mountain valleys: Texas feels like its own country. In fact, it enjoyed a brief period of independence during the 19th century and holds onto its distinct personality. Our specialists have explored the length and breadth of the Lone Star State, from city to country, coast to canyon, and they’ll use their first-hand experiences to plan your Texan trip.

For a taste of the Wild West, head to Fort Worth’s Stockyards. Here, you can walk along old wooden pavements lined with historic shopfronts, watch the city’s herd of Texas longhorn cattle being driven through the historic district, and spend evenings line dancing to live country music in the world’s largest honky-tonk.

The state’s two biggest cities, Dallas and Houston, have both become rich on oil, and sparkling skyscrapers are testament to this wealth. In Dallas, you can examine the circumstances of the assassination of JFK, while in Houston you can explore the cosmos at the Space Center.

Then, take your pick from Spanish-influenced San Antonio, where the Alamo (an 18th-century Spanish fortress) is a surviving reminder of the past conflicts between Texas and Mexico, laid-back Austin with its many live-music bars, and Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country for its German heritage and architecture and vineyards.

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Places to visit in Texas

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Texas, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Texas

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Texas, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Texas

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    Places in and around Texas

    Accommodation choices for Texas

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Texas. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.