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Feast on fiery Tex-Mex cuisine, saddle up for an authentic ranch experience, delve into the local music scene and explore the natural wonders of Big Bend National Park on this Lone Star State small group adventure.
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Seven nights hotel and two nights ranch accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified and services of a Grand American Adventures tour leader
30 Apr, 18 Aug & 02 Oct '18
Enjoy a stay at a Texan Ranch to enjoy horseriding and home cooked meals. Paddle a canoe or raft down the Rio Grande. Discover Austin's lively music scene, including a visit to a honky-tonk bar, and discover the diverse history of Texas, from fascinating Dallas to The Alamo in San Antonio
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San Antonio River Walk and Alamo
Big Bend National Park
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Welcome to the Texan city of Dallas and the largest of the lower 48 states. Things are bigger in Texas and Dallas is no exception. You'll find several galleries with vast art collections and fascinating museums, as well as some terrific local steakhouses. The day is yours to explore Dallas at leisure.
This morning make your way back to Dallas where you will head out on a John F Kennedy tour featuring the grassy knoll and the infamous 6th Floor of the School Book Depository. The assasination of JFK is obviously one of the darker moments in Dallas' history however, it does make for a fascinating tour as you come to your own conclusions about the fate of the then president.
Leave the cowboys and oil wells of Dallas behind and head for Austin. Laidback best describes the capital of Texas and if you're in the mood for some live music, then there are plenty of authentic honky-tonk bars offering an enjoyable evening's entertainment. You're free to explore Austin at your leisure. Optional activities such as Barton Springs or tackling ribs at Stubbs' BBQ are always highly memorable. Head for a recommended local bar, such as the Mean Eyed Cat. Austin has proclaimed itself as 'The World's Livel Music Capital' so you can expect to find all manner of evening entertainment available with toe-tapping country tunes always providing plenty of happy hoe-down moments.
See day three for more details.
it's time to experience Texas on a totally different scale as you head for the historic streets of San Antonio. You'll quickly discover a wide range of cultural sites with the Battle of the Alamo museum proving to be one of the many popular highlights. Aside from the Texas Revolution, San Antonio is also well-known for its River Walk, which features bars and restaurants.
Welcome to the Silver Spur Ranch. This is an authentic Western experience, from evenings around the fireplace to days spent in the saddle or by the pool. Silver Spur promises to be an absolute Texas treat, with an air of the Wild West and from learning how to ride to tucking into the delectable Tex-Mex cuisine, this is your chance to savour the best of both worlds. In the evening, enjoy a hay ride to learn more about their longhorn cattle, make s'mores on their fire pit or head into Bandera to the legendary 11th Street Cowboy Bar.
See day five for more details.
Journey to Big Bend National Park where you can walk the desert trails and paddle the Rio Grande. With over 2,500 square-kilometres of protected desert and mountain park land to explore, your journey from the ranch to Big Bend National park signals the start of truly memorable days along the US side of the Mexican border. Big Bend National Park is home to almost 500 varied species of birds, making it a bird-lover's paradise. Take in the scenery in a canoe or raft down the legendary Rio Grande before hitting one of the trails, or visiting the Trelinga ghost town.
See day seven for more details.
Next stop is the fascinating city of San Angelo - founded by European Americans in 1867, when the United States constructed Fort Concho to protect the frontier from hostile threats. The fort was home to cavalry, infantry and the famous Black Cavalry, otherwise known as Buffalo Soldiers.
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