Experience Texas

Texas holidays promise a truly unique experience. The name Texas comes from the native American Caddo word Tejas, which means friends. Thus, the state’s motto is a simple one; ‘Friendship’, which is quite appropriate as the state welcomes countless visitors every year. ‘The Lone Star’ state was once a republic unto itself; people still remark at how Texas feels like its own country, such is the unique nature of its landscapes, culture and people.

Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and Dallas are its most notable cities. Austin, the state capital, prides itself on being The Live Music Capital of the World with more music venues per capita than any other city in the United States. They say everything is bigger in Texas, so whether it’s the endless landscapes of Big Bend National Park, the space shuttles at Nasa Space Centre, the famous highway that is Route 66, or just a quintessential serving of Texas BBQ ribs, a holiday to Texas is like nothing else.

Tailor Make your Texas Holidays

With flights to Dallas now available and a great range of fly-drive holidays and escorted tours, there has never been a better time to experience something new and book your holiday to Texas. Contact one of our personal travel planners today.

Discover Texas

Texas is the second largest state by size and population. It has 3,700 streams, 15 major rivers and over 100 artificial reservoirs. It divides into 10 climatic regions, – some very dramatic! Thunderstorms often hit the north and east – check out Tornado Alley. Texas is home to 65 species of mammals, 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a huge diversity of bird life. Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and Dallas are its most notable cities. Dallas of course reminds those of a certain age of the eponymous TV series with JR, ‘The Poison Dwarf’, digging for oil and cattle ranching. The last two are not fiction! Austin prides itself on being The Live Music Capital of the World. Associated with the Cowboy and Cattle, Texas is also nicknamed the ‘Lone Star,’ referencing its former status as an independent republic, and acts as a reminder of the state’s struggle of independence from Mexico. Another popular expression is ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and mostly it is!

Dallas, Home of the Cowboys

In terms of events that are worth travelling over to see, Dallas has a great many. The most famous of these is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held in Fair Park every year since 1886. So big is the State Fair, that it is believed to bring in a whopping $350 million to the city’s economy each and every year.

Other exciting Dallas-based events worth checking out include the Mexican-American Cinco de Mayo, which is held on the 5th of May and celebrates Mexican-style culture in a huge, largely street-based party. Halloween is another fantastic time to visit Dallas, as there are all sorts of spooky goings on taking place, including the Downtown Dallas Arts District Zombie Walk and the Cedar Springs Road Halloween Parade.

Dallas also has a pro team for all of the major American sports. The most famous of these is surely the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, but there are plenty of other teams to take a look at including the Texas Rangers (baseball), FC Dallas (soccer), the Stars (ice hockey) and the Mavericks (basketball). So if you every fancy taking in a game, Dallas is the place to go!

Austin Culture

Austin is the capital city of Texas and the fastest growing large city in all of America, with close to one million people calling it their home. It is second only to Phoenix, Arizona in terms of overall size of an American state capital.

While Dallas is seen as Texas’ economic hot spot, Austin is most certainly the beating cultural heart of the state, calling itself “The Live Music Capital of the World”, with more music venues per capita than any other city in the United States. Major annual music festivals include the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Urban Music Festival and the Fun Fun Fun Music festival, which boasts an eclectic mix of hip-hop, heavy metal and stand-up comedy!

Museums in Houston

With a population of roughly two and a quarter million people, Houston is the largest city in the Southern United States and fourth most populous city in all of America. Nicknamed ‘Space City’, Houston is a renowned bastion of scientific thinking and discovery thanks to learning institutions such as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre and the thriving museum district which attracts upward of 8 million tourists per year.

The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences contains all manner of wonderful displays, including the much loved Morian Hall of Palaeontology which is curated by legendary palaeontologist Robert T. Bakker, who is often credited as being the main instigator of the Dinosaur Renaissance. Among the upward of 60 awesome prehistoric creatures on display are the multi-horned Triceratops, no less than four Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons and Quetzalcoatlus, which is probably the largest animal ever to have mastered powered flight (its wingspan is nearly 40 feet across)! Visitors can take a guided tour of the dinosaur hall and take part in a fully interactive mock dino dig.

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Staff Tips

  • Adrienne Keogh

    At American Holidays our slogan is ‘Possibilities Unlimited’ and they truly are!
    American Holidays don’t come off the shelf. We tailor-make down to the finest detail. And because we only employ genuine destination experts, you’ll have the inside track on the hidden highlights and experiences that others often miss.

    Adrienne KeoghSales and Operations Manager
  • Karen Sheals Hoy
    Active tours are suitable for people of all levels of experience and fitness. Active tours embrace the nature of the explorer and usually include a range of adventurous activities, such as walking and hiking, as well as city sightseeing. Walks, hikes and activities cater to everyone from beginner to expert, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. There will often be a wide variety of options available depending on your interests, budget and ability.
    Karen Sheals HoyManager
  • Jennifer Mulligan

    Enjoy a stress free trip with an escorted tour. Let somebody else do the driving as you explore the destination of your dreams. An escorted tour is hassle-free way of exploring several regions with everything taken care of.

    Jennifer MulliganPersonal Travel Planner
  • Sarah McCormick

    In America the cities come alive at night! There is always something to see or do so make sure you check out what’s on while you are there and experience the most amazing live shows, fabulous eateries and unique bars and nightclubs.

    Sarah McCormickPersonal Travel Planner
  • Jennifer Mulligan

    Why not explore at your own pace? Our self-drive itineraries are designed to give you the security of knowing that your daily accommodation is secured, with the flexibility of travelling at your leisure. Do you prefer hiking and sightseeing along the way? Or is the allure of the open road more your style? The choice is yours! Whatever you choose we will help you plan your ideal itinerary.

    Jennifer MulliganPersonal Travel Planner

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