This self-drive trip takes you through the best of the Lone Star state, from the 'Live Music Capital of the World', Austin to the island of Galveston, with its Victorian architecture. Relive the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio and dip into New Mexico to explore the Historic Old Town in Albuquerque.

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Santa Fe, a UNESCO designated City of Design, Crafts and Folk Art

El Paso, an ancient mountain pass surrounded by high peaks

Spot deer, jackrabbits and coyote as you cross the rolling hill country

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Lone Star Trail

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Day 1


Pick up your car and check in to your hotel, before venturing out to explore the city.

Day 2

Dallas - Austin

Austin is home to the State Capitol Building and the Texas State History Museum. It’s a lively city that bills itself as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, filled with more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene.

Day 3

Dallas - Austin

See Day 2 for today's itinerary.

Day 4

Austin - Houston

Discover Houston’s past in Heritage Park amid the skyscrapers of downtown, or visit the Johnson Space Center for a fascinating history of America’s love affair with outer space.

Day 5

Houston - Corpus Christi

Take a short drive to the island of Galveston, filled with Victorian architecture and formerly Texas’ leading port before its growth was halted by a hurricane. Then head for Corpus Christi, known as Texas’s playground.

Day 6

Corpus Christi - San Antonio

San Antonio’s unique blend of cultures makes it one of the most charming cities in the US.

Day 7

San Antonio

Stroll along the River Walk or visit El Mercado. Remember the Alamo and visit the site of the courageous battle between a handful of Texans and Santa Ana’s vast army, which was instrumental in creating the Republic of Texas.

Day 8

San Antonio - Fort Stockton

The rolling Hill Country was the site of early settlements in mid-Texas; farmers had to battle infertile earth and Comanche to survive. Look for deer, jackrabbits and coyote as you journey across this seemingly uninhabitable terrain.

Day 9

Fort Stockton - El Paso

The city of El Paso is located on the westernmost tip of the state of Texas and is on the US/Mexico border. Its proximity to Mexico helps promote the best the two worlds have to offer. El Paso’s climate, typical of the desert south west, and its mix of cultures and traditions makes the Sun City a unique and interesting place to visit.

Day 10

El Paso - Albuquerque

Leave El Paso and cross into New Mexico. Between the mountains and the mesas runs a river, and astride it stands a city that embodies the diversity of cultures that are uniquely American.

Day 11


Albuquerque is a city full of exciting attractions and events, from Historic Old Town, where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706, to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most popular ballooning event in the world.

Day 12

Albuquerque - Amarillo

Unique to this area are the Pinyon pines, which produce an edible nut considered a gourmet delicacy in the west. Amarillo is well known for its Cadillac graveyard.

Day 13

Amarillo - Fort Worth

Drive eastward today to Palo Duro Canyon and see artefacts of Pre-Pueblo inhabitants. The Old West is alive and well in Fort Worth: learn to two-step at the world’s largest honky tonk, watch a rodeo, see a cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District or have a drink in a western saloon.

Day 14

Fort Worth

Return your rental car at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport before your departure flight.

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