Expect cowboy hats, cowboy boots and lots of two-steppin'. Day 1: Arrive in Dallas-Fort Worth The Dallas-Fort Worth area is a good starting point for any Texas trip. For dinner, head across the Rio Grande into Mexico for dinner in Ciudad Acuña, one of our favorite border towns. Another option is camping in Big Bend National Park or staying in park limits at Chisos Mountains Lodge. Day 4: Explore San Antonio It's an 80-mile drive south from Austin to San Antonio. You can stay in Fort Davis, or continue -- stopping at the oasis of a swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park if it's hot -- and cut down on the drive to the Gulf Coast. Cattle and agriculture eventually became the primary sustainable commerce in the city as it grew through the Civil War and moved into the 20th century.
Take time to wander the beach, surf, fish, swim, or simply read a book and nap in the sun. Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Restaurants and Dining Home-style cooking is the rule at Threadgill's, an honest-to-goodness Austin restaurant dishing up chicken-fried steak, fried okra and ham with Jezebel sauce. Stay either downtown or on South Congress at the Austin Motel or the Hotel San José. Kennedy Memorial and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and, if you have time, make an excursion to Fair Park. Sophisticated Dallas loves diversity, from nutty pad Thai to Greek moussaka, while neighboring Fort Worth cranks up the country music and serves oversize steaks and barbecue.
Once it goes down, take U. Visitors hike the piney woods in East Texas and spend afternoons charter fishing the Gulf Coast shoreline. Kennedy Memorial recounts a darker chapter: the assassination of America's 35th President. In fact, the nation's second largest state is vast not only in size, but in variety. Janis divides her time between Texas and New Orleans, when she is not traveling. In her highly opinionated book, she? Nightlife and Entertainment Antone's has always been synonymous with the blues. The real fun in SoCo comes on First Thursdays each month, when the shopping district throws a street festival to attract customers.
Day 2: Explore Dallas-Fort Worth Split time between the artistic highlights of Dallas and Fort Worth, hitting the Arts District in Dallas be sure to visit the Nasher Sculpture Center , but leave plenty of time to roam in Fort Worth's incomparable Cultural District, where the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Kimbell Art Museum are must-sees. Do some hiking and exploring before stopping at the Gage Hotel in Marathon for the night of Day 5. This organization of German nobles brokered land in Texas to increase German emigration. Take your can-do spirit and a full wallet to the original Neiman Marcus store downtown, where the newest shoes and clothing are displayed in the original 1960s building. However, Dallas is not stuck in the past. You don't fall into tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's.
The city offers the quintessential Lone Star experience to those who want it -- barbecue and steaks, cowboy boots and live country music at Gilley's. Explore Padre Island National Seashore. It was the second main settlement, after New Braunfels, from the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, or Adelsverein. Have dinner downtown and explore the famed Austin music scene in the Warehouse District, on 6th Street, on Red River, or in South Austin. Things to Do Austin is home to the largest State Capitol in the U. When Etta James or Edgar Winter head to Austin, it's Antone's they're heading to, although Willie Nelson and other country acts have been known to show up, too. In the evening, have dinner in the Stockyards National Historic District before paying a visit to Billy Bob's Texas, a mega-country club, or taking in live music at another one of the city's many honky-tonks.
Explore Padre Island National Seashore. You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and nightlife; accurate neighborhood maps; the best historial sites the Alamo, Dealey Plaza ; and advice on planning a successful family vacation. Since her first job as a stringer for a small-town newspaper, she has known the pang of wanderlust, and through years of study, writing, editing and traveling, she has always sought to travel hopefully and write well. Stay in Corpus Christi, or -- if you are up for more driving -- head farther down the Gulf Coast to South Padre Island. Stay and eat in Marfa or Alpine.
You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and nightlife; accurate neighborhood maps; the best historial sites the Alamo, Dealey Plaza ; and advice on planning a successful family vacation. When she's not running with the bulls in Pamplona, wandering the souks of Morocco, on safari in Kenya, sipping tea in a Bedouin tent in Wadi Rum, or sailing around Cape Horn, Turk loves driving the backroads of the Lone Star State and spending time with her family. Day 3: Explore Austin Get going early for the 200-mile drive to Austin. SoCo, or South Congress, is home to art galleries, funky clothing boutiques and bargain antique stores. Return downtown for some time on the River Walk, culminating in dinner at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity. Do like the locals: Head to the Gulf Coast for a watery respite. Crowds of people hang around the Congress Avenue Bridge for the star attraction -- the evening flight of the million bats who live beneath the span.
Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip. The Dallas County Historical Plaza brings visitors face-to-face with the city's history, and the John Neely Bryan Cabin recreates the settlement that became Dallas. In southwest Texas, Big Bend National Park combines lazy Rio Grande River expeditions, barren desert landscapes and towering, multicolored buttes in a single dramatic wilderness area. Days 5-6: Explore Padre Island National Seashore From San Antonio, head down to Padre Island Seashore, a 180-mile drive, and take your time unwinding from the hectic urban pace of the first 4 days of the trip. Stay in Corpus Christi, or -- if you are up for more driving -- head farther down the Gulf Coast to South Padre Island. Visit the new Blanton Museum of Art in the afternoon, then make it to the Congress Avenue Bridge for the sundown bat exodus. In spite of being the Texas state capital and home to the University of Texas, Austin maintains its small-town feel and green spaces.
Look for grilled bratwurst, gooey, cheese-filled chiles rellenos and spicy beef tacos -- sometimes all on a single menu. Since 1910, this humble restaurant has left satisfied diners licking their fingers and coming back for more. Frommer's Texas covers all of the Lone Star State's highlights--from the vibrant nightlife in Austin to the historic sights of Dallas and San Antonio, from the trails of Big Bend to parades of longhorns in Fort Worth and more. Honky-tonkin' is the name of the game at The Broken Spoke. Since Austin prides itself on being a little different, why not visit the Bat Bridge? The food says Americana, too: Meatloaf, chili and fried catfish.