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TEXAS HOLIDAYS   >   USA 


Vacation in  Texas.

Texas is a state in the South and Southwest regions of the United States.

Regions in Texas : Big Bend Country, Hill Country, The Gulf Coast, Panhandle, Piney Woods, Prairies and Lakes, South Texas Plains.

Counties in Texas.

Texas Cities : San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg, El Paso, and more...

Capital City Texas : Dallas.


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Campgrounds

  Texas Association of Campground Owners   -   campground locator

  Koa   -   Campgrounds of America

Car Rental Texas

Car rental  

Car rental  Holiday Autos   -    
Holiday Autos offers the best fully inclusive car hire prices. Get cheap car hire quickly and securely online with holidayautos.co.uk, the experts in online car rental.

Car Rental USA  Sixt   -    

Holiday Homes Texas / Apartments

  VRconnection
Holiday homes, condos, cabins and villas, offered directly by owner. Simply browse and search the properties for that perfect vacation spot.
  VRBO vacation rentals
  GreatRentals.com    -   USA Vacation Rentals


Hostels

  Bluebonnet Council   -   Texas

  South West Texas Council   -   Texas

Hotels in Texas

  Booking.com   -   Hotel Guide Texas
Popular destination : Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Grapevine, McAllen, Inwood, Amarillo, South Padre Island, Irving, Fort Worth, Humble.

  Booking.com   -   Hotel Guide Dallas

  Booking.com   -   Hotel Guide Houston

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

    -   Motel 6 and Red Roof

  Texas Lodging 
Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Ranches.

  Hotels.com   -    

National Parks / State parks

  Big Bend national Park   -   see Big Bend
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande is named for the vast curve of the fabled river in remote southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful natural region, with a complex and fascinating history. Over a millions acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring, along with an abundance of sightseeing opportunities along paved and improved roads. Accommodations run the range from convenient and comfortable to full service luxury resorts.
A few remarkable communities near Big Bend National Park: Marathon, Terlingua and Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, and Lajitas, offer services, amenities, and entertainment. A variety of guided outdoor activities are available. Big Bend is a diverse region with endless possiblilites for adventure, whether you like it soft, hard or in between.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators / Tour Company

  Kuoni    -   Dallas
Dallas is the number one visitor destination in Texas and it is not difficult to see why. The city of Dallas encompasses 384 square miles of rolling prarie with native pecan, cottownwoods and oak trees located along the Trinity River. This skyscraper city is the southwest's leading business and financial centre and has the second busiest airport in the world.

Thomas Cook

  Kuoni    -   Houston

 Kuoni     -   San Antonio




Local Travel Organizations

  TravelTex
TravelTex has made it easy to explore all 267,000 square miles of the Lone Star State. Take a road trip through Texas with our interactive Driving Tours, find an event going on right now, or discover the variety of activities offered in each of the seven Texas regions. And don't forget to visit our Trip Savers coupons, so you can save a few bucks along the way. It's all at your fingertips, and all at TravelTex.com!

  Gulf Coast Travel Info   -   Official U.S. Gulf Coast Vacation & Tourism Guide
Plan and book your entire Gulf Coast vacation here. From the heart of French Louisiana to a relaxing Florida beach vacation, you'll find attractions, events, accommodations, activities and restaurants with this official Gulf Coast travel portal. Welcome to the Gulf Coast of the southern U.S.

Travel Guides Texas

  Texas Monthly

Amazon.com - Travel Guides Texas 

Transport / How do I travel to Texas

  Corpus Christi International Airport

  DFW International Airport   -   Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

  Miller (MFE)
  San Antonio (SAT)
  Ellington Field (EFD)
  William P Hobby (HOU)
  George Bush (IAH)
  Bergstrom (AUS)
  Abilene Regional (ABI)
  Love Field (DAL)

   

 
Book cheap flights to Texas at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares.

KLM UK 
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines take you to hundreds of destinations everywhere in the world.

  Airline Tickets Texas / Bargain Flights
Flight tickets Texas.

  Trinity Railway Express [ TRE ]
The TRE links downtown Fort Worth, downtown Dallas and DFW Airport.
  Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, HOV lane and rideshare services. They serve DFW International Airport and Fort Worth via the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

  Texas Highways Online 


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  TravelTex 

  South Texas Tourism
No matter what your interests are, there is something for you here in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Much of the South Texas area's attraction lies in its geography, its climate, its natural beauty, its history and its rich Hispanic flavor.
Situated as far to the south as Miami, the laid-back subtropical setting easily lends itself to a slower, more relaxed, somehow more pleasant life-style. The musical sounds of the Spanish language you'll hear on the streets and in the
shops simply confirm that you're "not in Kansas anymore," but in a unique, very special place. Fields of vegetables, sugar cane and onions that grow here year round freely invade the county lines. Summer's cotton and winter's grapefruit and oranges can be found across the street from handsome residential neighborhoods just as easily as farther out in the county.
  Texas Government   -   Texas Online

  Dallas   -   Prairies and Lakes   -   Capital City Texas
At the site of this present metropolis the first anglo-American settler built a single cabin in 1841. Two years later the "town" consisted of two log cabins. By the mid-1870s, Dallas had become a thriving business town and market center with a cosmopolitan, urbane air unmatched anywhere on the frontier at the time. This was primarily due to several immigrations of skilled and cultured groups of French, German, Swiss, English, and other Europeans. See also Dallas / Fort Worth Area

  Big Bend Region   -   untamed paradise of colorful mountains and desert floors
The Big Bend Region is named for a huge northeasterly curve of the Rio Grande in the southwest corner of Texas. It is one of the few remaining remote and wildly beautiful natural regions in North America. Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer activities like hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring, and casual sightseeing. Along with the stunning scenery, travelers find a rare sense of peace and quiet.
  Big Bend Region   -   untamed paradise of colorful mountains and desert floors
The Big Bend Region is named for a huge northeasterly curve of the Rio Grande in the southwest corner of Texas. It is one of the few remaining remote and wildly beautiful natural regions in North America. Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer activities like hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring, and casual sightseeing. Along with the stunning scenery, travelers find a rare sense of peace and quiet.
Destinations : Big Bend, Brownfield, Del Rio, El Paso, Fort Davis, Fort Stockton, Midland, Odessa, Pecos, Terrell County (Sanderson), Van Horn.
  Hill Country   -   music, rolling hills, spring-fed rivers, and dude ranches
Texas Hill Country. The enduring, endearing, backyard of Austin and San Antonio that's impossible to drive through in a hurry. Rock walls and stone buildings, rivers, peaches, and towns with funny names. Winding roads, winding rivers, wildflowers, forts, ghost towns and near ghosts.
Destinations : Austin, Bandera, Boerne, Brady, Canyon Lake, Cedar Park, Fredericksburg, Georgetown, Johnson City,Kerrville, Lampasas, New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Marcos, Sonora, Texas Hill Country River Region, Uvalde
  The Gulf Coast   -   600 miles of beaches, sand dunes, and cultural attractions
destinations : Alvin, Angleton, Aransas Pass, Bay City, Beaumont, Brazosport, Brownsville, Clute, Corpus Christi, Fort Bend County, Galveston Island, Harlingen, Houston, Houston (Bay Area), Kingsville, Nederland, Orange, Pearland, Port Aransas, Port Arthur, Port Lavaca, Rockport-Fulton, Rosenberg, Sealy, South Padre Island, Victoria.
  Gulf Coast Travel Info   -   Official U.S. Gulf Coast Vacation & Tourism Guide
Plan and book your entire Gulf Coast vacation here. From the heart of French Louisiana to a relaxing Florida beach vacation, you'll find attractions, events, accommodations, activities and restaurants with this official Gulf Coast travel portal. Welcome to the Gulf Coast of the southern U.S.
  Panhandle   -   big skies, sweeping sunsets, great plains, and breathtaking vistas
This is where a lot of the world gets it's idea of what Texas is really like. Tumbleweeds, pump-jacks, windmills and four open horizons. The vast distances between towns makes people glad to see another human face. They might even be glad to see you.
Abilene, Amarillo, Big Spring, Brownwood, Lubbock, Plainview, San Angelo,Sweetwater, Vernon, Wichita Falls
  Piney Woods   -   Acres of pine forests and historic towns
Destinations : Conroe [ Lake Conroe ], Henderson, Huntsville, Jefferson, Kilgore, Lake Conroe, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, Mount Pleasant [ Titus County ], Nacogdoches, Spring, Shenandoah, Texarkana, The Woodlands [ Town Center ], Tyler.
Prairies and Lakes - Exciting nightlife, shopping, sports, amusement parks
Destinations : Addison, Arlington, Athens, Bedford, Belton, Brenham [ Washington County ], Bryan-College Station, Burleson, Canton, Cedar Creek [ Lake Area ], Cedar Hill, Clifton, College Station [ Bryan ], Columbus, Dallas, Decatur, Denison, Denton, Duncanville, Ennis, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland , Glen Rose, Gonzales, Graham, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Greenville.
  South Texas Plains   -   gateway to old Mexico featuring spanish missions, theme parks, and more
A region with a flavor of its own. Spanish architecture is everywhere, and most yards have miniature botanical gardens - rooted specimens of cacti, succulents and tropical plants each in their own number 10 can. Snowcone stands are nearly as numerous as gas stations and in some cases they're the same.
Tour Los Caminos Del Rio and see the brick buildings of Henry Portcheller in Roma and Rio Grande City. Watch parrots roost for the night at old Fort Brown or in the Brownsville Cemetery. Meet Kennedy's not from Massachusetts and find out why Alice doesn't live there anymore.
Destinations : Balcones Heights, Donna, Eagle Pass, Edinburg, Laredo, Leon Valley, McAllen, Mission, San Antonio, San Benito

  Highland Lakes Region   -   Texas Highland Lakes Tourist Information
The Highland Lakes region includes Marble Falls, Burnet, Llano, Kingsland, Spicewood
  Lake Conroe   -   Lake Conroe Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor information on area lodging, events, attractions, dinning and more in the Lake Conroe Area. While visiting the area, enjoy Sam Houston National Forest, Southern Empress Cruises, Conroe Outlets, Historic Montgomery, Crighton Theatre and Lake Conroe. Visitors can also enjoy our unique history, golfing and shopping. Conroe is located only 40 minutes north of Houston, Texas.
  Mount Pleasant   -   Mt. Pleasant - Titus County Chamber of Commerce
Centrally located in the beautiful Northeast Texas region, Mount Pleasant offers easy access to seven lakes which provide year-round recreational opportunities, including water sports and fishing. Known as the hub of Northeast Texas, Mount Pleasant, the county seat of Titus County, boasts a healthy economy based on agri -business, industry, tourism, and wholesale and retail trade. A Texas Main Street city, Mount Pleasant has been named one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America." Situated on I-30, Mount Pleasant is within convenient driving distance of the Dallas Metroplex, Tyler-Longview, Shreveport and Texarkana.
  South Padre Island   -   South Padre Island CVB
Padre Island National Seashore, encompassing 130,454 acres, is the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world, and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as recreation.
  Texas Coastal Bend
The Texas Coastal Bend abounds with treasures for all. Beaches, fishing, historical sites, working ranches, hunting, shopping, antiquing, and golf await those seeking fun and excitement in this beautiful unique part of the world. See Coastal Bend Tour Routes.

 Amarillo [ Penhandle ]   -   Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council
From families to senior travelers, Amarillo has an activity for the outdoor enthusiast, the arts connoisseur and the western history buff. Attractions include : Palo Duro Canyon State Park [ one of the nation's largest canyons ], Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Don Harrington Discovery Center [ Digital Space Theater ], Cadillac Ranch [ America's most unique bumper crop ], Historic Rt. 66 [ America's Mother Road ], Kwahadi-Kiva Indian Museum, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
  Austin  -  Hill Country
In 1839 five mounted scouts ranged over a broad area of wilderness seeking a site for a new capital city for the Republic of Texas. Location on north bank of Colorado River was chosen where rich blacklands meet scenic hills. Site occupied at the time by a four-family settlement called Waterloo. Name honors Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas." In early Sept. 1839, archives and furniture of Texas government were transported from Houston to Austin by 50 ox-drawn wagons.
  Big Bend
The Big Bend of the Rio Grande is named for the vast curve of the fabled river in remote southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful natural region, with a complex and fascinating history. Over a millions acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring, along with an abundance of sightseeing opportunities along paved and improved roads. Accommodations run the range from convenient and comfortable to full service luxury resorts.
A few remarkable communities near Big Bend National Park: Marathon, Terlingua and Study Butte, Terlingua Ghost Town, and Lajitas, offer services, amenities, and entertainment. A variety of guided outdoor activities are available. Big Bend is a diverse region with endless possiblilites for adventure, whether you like it soft, hard or in between.
  Corpus Christi   -   Gulf Coast
City is major deep-water port and one of Texas' most popular seacoast playground cities. First European to have visited area is believed to have been Spanish explorer Alonzo de Piñeda in 1519. First settlement began as frontier trading post founded 1839 by impresario-colonizer Col. Henry Lawrence Kinney; obscure settlement until about 1845 when accelerated growth began. Institutions of higher learning are Del Mar College and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Seawall, with steps to the water, was built in the late 1930s as part of a major landfill that created Shoreline Boulevard and the popular "T" head docks for pleasure boats. Corpus Christi Beach, north of downtown over the bridge, is the site of the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium, and offers park areas, picnic tables, showers, and rest rooms.
  El Paso   -   Big Bend Region
Grew from earlier settlements dating back to the Juan de Oñate expedition in 1598 and a settlement by Juan Maria Ponce de León 1827, although area missions predate that civil settlement by almost 150 years. Largest U.S. city on Mexican border; neighboring Juárez, is Mexico's largest border city. Combined populations are about two million. Located in ancient mountain pass from which the name derived; surrounded by mile-high peaks.
  Fredericksburg   -   Hill Country
Settled by immigrant families from Germany in 1846, led by John O. Meusebach. Although settlement was on Comanche frontier, Meusebach-Comanche Treaty of following year established lasting peace. Many older buildings retain traditional German styles; several units comprise National Historic District. German is still spoken occasionally, and old customs are regularly observed: Easter Fires, Schuetzenfests (marksmanship tournaments), Oktoberfest, Weinhnachten, and Kinderfest. Visitors attracted by scenic beauty, European atmosphere, historic landmarks, excellent fall and winter hunting, and famous bread and pastries. Birthplace of Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II.
Fredericksburg is an outstanding spot for sportsmen to find year-round opportunities to hunt native and exotic species of animals. Fall hunting leases are available on many ranches throughout the area, and the Fredericksburg
  Galveston   -   Gulf Coast
When first explored by Europeans, the island was an Akokisa Indian site. The Karankawa Indians used the island for hunting and fishing. Pirate Jean Laffite established a settlement in 1817. During the Texas Revolution the harbor served as the port for the Texas navy. Following the war, a group of investors obtained ownership of land at the harbor to found a town in 1838, and the following year the Texas legislature granted incorporation to the city of Galveston. Early years gave city many firsts in Texas: first Roman Catholic convent, first electric lights, and first medical college. Disastrous Galveston storm of 1900, the entire island was inundated during a hurricane, which claimed more than 6,000 lives. A seawall was built two years later, presently 10 miles long, it has proved its staying power several times over.
Galveston Island offers 32 miles of beach and also is a treasure trove of things historically Texan. Details available at the Galveston Island Visitors Centers.
Many city parks, picnic areas and recreation centers offer playground equipment, athletic fields, tennis courts, and golf courses.
  Houston Space City USA   -   Gulf Coast
Named after Sam Houston, general of Texas army that won independence from Mexico, and president of Republic of Texas. The city, largest in Texas and fourth largest in nation, has experienced phenomenal growth since a small riverboat landing was established on Buffalo Bayou by Allen brothers in August 1836. Today, SpaceCity USA is an industrial and financial hub for much of the state. It is one of nation's largest seaports, and has meeting space, hotel space, dining space and sports space.
  San Antonio   -   South Texas Plains
In 1718, at an Indian village at the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country, Spain established Mission San Antonio de Valero (later called the Alamo). A customary accompanying presidio (fort), San Antonio de Bexar (Bay-her), protected mission endeavors. Today's city and county names derive from those 18th-century Spanish beginnings that predate founding of the United States by more than half a century.

More Texas towns : Addison, Annetta, Annetta South, Bartonville, Bedford, Buda, Double Oak, Fairview, Flatonia, Livingston, Niederwald, Pantego, Prosper, Quintana, Red Oak, Shady Shores, South Padre Island, Sunnyvale, Trophy Club, Westlake, Westover Hills, White Oak

  News   -   Dallas Morning News
  News   -   Texas Cable News
  News   -   The Daily Texan Online [ Austin ]
  News   -   Texas news and newspapers [ UT Library Online ]
  Radio   -   Texas Public Radio
  TV   -   Public Broadcasting Central Texas
  University   -   The University of Texas at Austin
  University   -   Texas Christian University

Cuisine   -   Texas Recipes

  Texas Beef Council
Appetizers, fondue, casseroles, roasts, ribs, and crockpot recipes.
The Texas Beef Council is a non-profit organization charged with the promotion and marketing of beef and beef products in Texas.
  Texas Blueberry Recipes
Easy Blueberry Crunch, Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins, Hot Spiced Blueberry Sauce, and more.
  Texas Pecan Growers Association - see Recipes
Honey Pecan pork chops, Texas Pecan country chicken, Southern Crescents, Golden Pecan Bars, Oatmeal Cookies and more.
  Texas Restaurants Association
  Texas Wineries
  Texas Monthly   -   see 'Food'
  San Antonio Recipes

History Texas

  History of Texas
Pre-Columbian history, Early European exploration, French colonization of Texas: 1684–1689,Spanish Texas: 1690–1821 [ Establishment of Spanish colony [ Difficulties with the Indians, Encroachment and Spanish legacy ], West Texas: Comancheria, Mexican Texas: 1821–1836 [ Texas Revolution ], Republic of Texas: 1836–1845, Statehood, war, and expansion: 1845–1860, Confederate Texas and Reconstruction: 1860–1876 [ Historiography; Reconstruction, Democratic control and disfranchisement ], 19th century Post-Reconstruction, Texas in prosperity, depression, and war [ World War II ], Texas modernizes: 1945–present [ 1960s and Higher education ].
  The Story of Texas
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the "Story of Texas" with three floors of interactive exhibits, the special effects show, The Star of Destiny, in the Texas Spirit Theater, and Austin's only IMAX Theatre, featuring the signature large-format film, Texas: The Big Picture.
  The Portal to Texas
The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections.

  Texas Association of Museums 
art centers, historic houses and sites, children's museums, community cultural centers, zoos, science centers , university galleries, any institution  -  especially in Texas  -  that exist to exhibit and interpret the historic, cultural, artistic, ethnic, or scientific heritage of mankind.

  A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary   -   South and West Texas

Music, Art & Culture, Entertainment

  Music of Texas 

  Texas Authors and Books
Texas literature is as wide and varying as the state itself.

  Fiesta San Antonio
Fiesta San Antonio spans 10 days the third and fourth weeks of April. This major event includes art exhibitions, coronation of King Antonio, Pilgrimage to the Alamo, concerts, parades, "Night in Old San Antonio" festival and more.

  Texas Music   -   see Texas Music History Tour


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