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Discover the heart of Texas in this exciting exploration of the largest of the lower 48 states, steeped in old-West history, basking in a courageous spirit and pioneering fortitude.You'll enjoy Insider moments like true Texan hospitality at a typical barbecue feast and learning how to dance the Texas Two-Step and the Cotton-Eyed Joe on an authentic Texan ranch.
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Join a Local Specialist and start exploring Fort Worth, once known as the biggest and busiest livestock-trading centre in the Southwest, famous for its unmistakable mix of cowboys and Texan culture. Start at the Sid Richardson Museum, featuring paintings depicting the American West.
Stop for lunch on your own in Sundance Square-a dazzling, 35-block area filled with boutiques, restaurants, bars and art galleries. Next, stop at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, to learn about the cowboys and cowgirls who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of western lifestyle. End your day with a traditional Fort Worth "Longhorn Cattle Drive," through the Stockyard Historic District, before a meet and greet with the cowboys and drivers. This evening, head for renowned Chef Tim Love's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.
After breakfast, visit The Alamo, site of the famous, pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution. It was here, in 1836, that the Mexican army besieged a seriously outnumbered group of settlers, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, for nearly two weeks before they were overrun. Next, view the San Fernando Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop and one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States, and explore King William Historic District to see more of San Antonio's magnificent architecture. The rest of the day is free.
Head to Houston, the state's largest and most diverse city, stopping in Schulenburg-home to some beautiful painted churches. Once in Houston, meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour including Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros baseball team; Market Square Park, a historic square surrounded by 19th century buildings; the original courthouse and City Hall; the Theatre District and the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world. Visit the JP Morgan Chase Tower's observation deck (subject to availability), perched on the 60th floor with great views over the city and pop into the Houston tunnel system, a network of climate-controlled walkways located 20 feet (6 metres) below ground and connecting 95 city blocks. This evening, get together with your newfound friends for a "Farewell to Texas Dinner."
This morning, visit the fascinating Houston Space Center (home to NASA's Johnson Space Center) for a behind-the-scenes look during a guided tram tour (subject to availability) and experience the drama and scale of America's manned space program. Witness how engineers, scientists and astronauts are shaping the future of space exploration. Your Texas adventures come to an end as you arrive at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Your adventure doesn't have to end here. You may decide to extend your stay and travel to Oklahoma City or maybe include some time in New Orleans.
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