Fly from London to Dallas and pick up your rental car in the Dallas Fort Worth International terminal. Drive to your hotel and settle in for your first night in the Lone Star State. Stay 2 nights at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria (or similar).
Experience a fascinating mix of urban cowboy and cosmopolitan elegance in the Texan capital. Indulge your inner culture vulture at the Nasher Sculpture Centre and the Dallas Museum of Art or visit the famous South Fork Ranch. If you’re a shopping fan, you’re in luck as this city also boasts the most shopping malls per capita of any city in the USA. In the evening, why not catch a basketball game at the American Airlines Centre or watch the Dallas Cowboys in action at the AT&T stadium?
Day 3: Dallas – San Angelo (approx. 257 miles)
Leave Dallas today and head west towards the historic city of San Angelo. This settlement was founded around Fort Concho, a defensive fort built to protect frontier settlers, stagecoaches and US mail wagons. The fort is now a museum featuring 23 original and restored buildings. You might also like to relax in one of the city’s parks along the picturesque Concho River. Stay 1 night at the Clarion Hotel San Angelo (or similar).
Day 4: San Angelo – Big Bend National Park (approx. 299 miles)
Today, take Highway 67 to Fort Stockton, home of the world’s largest roadrunner! Perhaps take a break for lunch here before continuing south towards Big Bend National Park. This is one of the USA’s most remote and beautiful national parks, boasting more than 1,200 species of plants and over 450 types of birds. Stay 2 nights at the Chisos Mountain Lodge (or similar).
Day 5: Big Bend National Park
Right in the south western corner of the USA, where it borders Mexico along the Rio Grande river, Big Bend boasts epic landscapes, dramatic river canyons and over 800,000 acres of virtually untouched wilderness. Perhaps take a boat trip along the river, head off on a bird watching or horseback tour or take a scenic drive through this stunning area. Alternatively, you can hike along the river, through the desert or up into the Chisos Mountains. In the evening, make sure you look upwards as the night skies here are some of the most spectacular in the world.
Day 6: Big Bend National Park - Bandera (approx. 355 miles)
You can choose today either to make your way to Bandera via Fort Stockton or take the southerly route which dips down almost to the Mexican border. You can stop en route at the beautiful Lake Amistad before continuing to the Mayan Dude Ranch. Make sure you arrive in time for dinner here, served outdoors at the Riverside Gazebo or in the dining room. Stay 2 nights at the Mayan Dude Ranch (or similar).
Day 7: Mayan Dude Ranch
The Mayan Dude Ranch offers you the chance to become a “rootin’ tootin’ cowboy”. A typical day starts with a hayride down to the corral for a Cowboy Breakfast Cookout, followed by a morning ride into the hills or down to the lush Medina riverside. Lunch is served by the pool or in the dining room then, in the afternoon, you can take another ride, join in with one of the onsite activities or just relax by the pool. In the evening, prepare for a satisfying Texan dinner followed by a variety of entertainment.
Day 8: Bandera – San Antonio (approx. 53 miles)
Take the short drive to San Antonio and discover a city like no other, offering history, flourishing culture and a lovely looping river at its core. Wander down the River Walk, visit the site of the Alamo, make a splash at SeaWorld or the Six Flags Fiesta theme park or explore San Antonio’s Hill Country where you’ll find rolling lush scenery and resorts with golf courses, spas and water parks. Stay 1 night at the Wyndham Garden San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel (or similar).
Day 9: San Antonio - Austin (approx. 79 miles)
Head back northwards today and make your way to Austin, the Texan capital. Settle into your hotel and then start exploring! Stay 2 nights at the Crown Plaza Austin (or similar).
Day 10: Austin
This modern, relaxed city boasts a State Capitol Building larger than the one in Washington and a billing as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. Learn more about the origins of the Lone Star State at the Texas State History Museum and then why not take in an evening on Sixth Street or the Warehouse District, checking out some of the music venues for which Austin is famous?
Day 11: Austin – Dallas (approx. 195 miles)
Leave Austin and drive back to Dallas today for your last night in Texas. Perhaps head out to the legendary ranch of Southfork, sometime home of the Ewings today, or pick up a pair of cowboy boots from one of countless Western stores. Stay 1 night at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria (or similar).
Day 12: Dallas – London
There should be time today to grab some last minute souvenirs of your holiday before you head to the airport and return your hire car. Then it’s time to board your overnight flight back to the UK.