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Find out everything you need to know about the Lone Star State with the TravelSupermarket guide to Texas holidays…
Located in the south-central region of the United States of America, Texas is not so much an “east meets west” kind of place as a fiery fusion of America and Mexico. Everything you think you know about Texas - cowboys, sports, big hats, big hair, big portions - is all true. And yet, it’s so much more. It might be subject to more stereotypes than you can shake a cowboy boot at, but Texas never fails to surprise those lucky enough to take a holiday in this vast, easy-going state.
So be prepared for a big welcome y’all, welcome to you sir, and to you ma’am, because Texas is home to some of the friendliest folk you’ll encounter in the good ol’ US of A. It doesn’t matter whether you base your Texas holiday in cities such as Houston or Dallas, or opt for an historic tour of beautiful San Antonio, warm hospitality and good manners will be second nature to your convivial hosts.
The big city of Houston is an excellent base for a holiday to Texas. The Johnson Space Center is a prime attraction in this city of skyscrapers. Dallas is also worth a look. Tourists can learn more about the killing of JFK, while the excellent arts district showcases the modern face of the city. Nearby Fort Worth, meanwhile, is the place to experience the Old West – you’ll see plenty of Stetsons when you visit this cattle-farming land.
Elsewhere, Austin lures holidaymakers with plenty of outdoor activities on the doorstep of the city, while its bars and clubs present some of the best live music in the US. Cheap holidays to Texas can also be taken in Corpus Christi, which is known as the Texas Riviera due to its seaside location.
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Texas is vast and the weather varies greatly. Use our climate guide to figure out when you might enjoy an American adventure…
Down on the Gulf Coast, in areas such as Corpus Christi, warm summers and mild winters are the norm. Inland, in the east, where Texas shares a border with Louisiana, you can expect the year-round heat and humidity associated with the Deep South. In the west of Texas, dry and sunny weather is common. The big cities, such as Dallas and Houston, experience very hot summer days, with average temperatures rising to 35C, and mild winters.
Texas has a packed calendar of events. We’ve highlighted just three, but there is much to see throughout the year…
Old Fashioned Fourth of July: Dallas Heritage Village hosts this lovely throwback to another time on Independence Day. See the red, white and blue flying over traditional funfair rides, carnival games, and wagon rides that make tours around a gathering of 19th-century pioneer homes.
State Fair of Texas; September-October: Running since 1886, this fair is Texas on a plate and served up in Fair Park, Dallas. Football games, animal races, fairground rides, artery-clogging foods… they are all here at the annual State Fair.
Texas Renaissance Festival; October-December: Be transported to a 16th-century English village in Texas (no, really). Plantersville, an hour by road from Houston, hosts this eight-week recreation with the help of jugglers, knights, magicians and comedians.
The second-largest state in America has no shortage of things to see and do, whatever type of holiday you crave…
Kids and teens: San Antonio is a fine destination for family holidays. The Alamo is the highlight of the city’s historic attractions, while waterside eateries on the River Walk evoke European cool. The theme park, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, provides plenty of thrills for families of all ages. There’s a SeaWorld park in the area too.
Grown-up families: “Houston, we’ve had a problem”, “Houston, we have lift off”… these phrases will ring in your ears as you tour the fascinating Space Center Houston. There is much to see, do and learn at this fantastic attraction.
Active types: Go west, way out west, where Texas meets Mexico and the Rio Grande takes a major turn (hence the name) as it runs along the international border. Hike through deserts, along riverbanks and up mountains in this stunning slice of geographical Tex-Mex.