Talkin’ Texas

  • Austin + 7 more
  • Self Drive Ideas
  • 13 Days
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Discover the cities and open space of The Lone Star State with this 13 days tours exploring Dallas, the music city of Austin, enjoy a stay in a Dude Ranch before heading to the Mexican Heritage of San Antonio and the pristine beaches of Corpus Christi.

A Free Personalised Road Book is included as standard with our Self Drive itineraries. 


Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.


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Day 1 Dallas/Fort Worth

Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth. Check-in to your hotel.

Day 2 Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas is the city where Southern hospitality meets a Texas twist for a unique experience in culture, history and food – and we’re full of surprises.
Take the JFK trolley tour, visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Tour South Fork, made famous in the TV series “Dallas”, attend a rodeo in the Stockyards National Historic District.

Day 3 Dallas/Fort Worth – Austin (190mi/306km)

Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum.
Tour Austin’s historic district by foot or carriage. Watch the nightly ritual of bats emerging from Bat Bridge at sunset.

Day 4 Austin

Visit the State Capital, University of Texas, surrounding hill country, eat at one of the notable food trucks, enjoy a live music venue. Tour Austin’s historic district by foot or carriage. Watch the nightly ritual of bats emerging from Bat Bridge at sunset.

Day 5 Austin – Fredericksburg (78mi/126km)

Walk the town's streets and you'll pass gothic-style churches with pointed archways and vaulted ceilings, restaurants serving savory schnitzels and tall pints of dunkelweizen, and the sweet smell of German pastries emanating from historic bakeries.

Day 6 Fredericksburg – Bandera (49mi/79km)

Travel to the Cowboy Capital. Enjoy the Cowboy experience at Dixie Dude Ranch. Your stay includes
all meals.

Day 7 Bandera

Enjoy the activities offered by the Ranch. These include two horseback rides, per day, fishing, hiking, large pool, and many more recreational offerings.

Day 8 Bandera – San Antonio (54mi/87km)

After your Cowboy experience, drive to San Antonio. A stunning history, fascinating culture, and some of the most unique sites in Texas can be found in the dynamic and vibrant city of San Antonio. This thriving city may be best known for being the home of the Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk, two of Texas’ preeminent landmarks.

Day 9 San Antonio

Visit The Alamo and other 18thc Spanish missions, tour an opulent historic residential area, explore the Institute of Texan Culture.

Day 10 San Antonio – Corpus Christi (143mi/230km)

Stroll along a scenic soft sandy beach as a warm surf caresses your feet. Watch sailboats glide on the bay under a luminous yellow and orange sunset from the shoreline. Step inside a legendary World War II aircraft carrier or tour a museum dedicated to an international music icon.
These are among the many experiences you can have when you visit Corpus Christi, the largest coastal city in Texas.

Day 11 Corpus Christi

Why not enjoy a horseback ride on the beach, board a Dolphin Watch, relax on broad beaches leading to warm gulf waters.

Day 12 Corpus Christi – Houston (211mi/340km)

While Houston is notable for many things, it is perhaps best known as “Space City.” The city has been home to the NASA Johnson Space Center since the early 1960’s, a time period that includes the first lunar landing. Experience NASA’s astounding history when you visit Space Center Houston, the gateway to the Johnson Space Center. Get an up-close view of a lunar landing module and roving vehicle trainer, look inside the Apollo 17 command module, and see the enormous Saturn V rocket, the most powerful ever built. For the ultimate experience, reserve a spot on the Tram Tour to go behind the scenes at the space center.

Day 13 Houston

Before leaving, take a morning tour of downtown Houston including historic Texas Avenue and Buffalo