With its large size and diversity, Texas locals say, “Texas, it’s like a whole other country.” On this tour you’ll discover its major cities—Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston—and some of its historical landmarks, museums, and must-see sights before crossing into Louisiana for time in Lafayette and New Orleans. Tour highlights include a behind-the-scenes tram tour of Johnson Space Center, home to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. Witness engineers, scientists, and astronauts as they shape the future of space exploration. Visit Southfork Ranch, the renowned filming location of the “Dallas” television series, and the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Take a barge tour on the San Antonio River Walk and a boat cruise through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. History buffs will be fascinated at the Sixth Floor Museum, the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot President John F. Kennedy. At the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Texas White House, hear the story of Johnson’s life. Also visit the Bob Bullock State History Museum that tells the “Story of Texas.” Of course, no history buff can leave Texas without visiting the Alamo. All this and more await on your tour through the Lone Star State.
Sightseeing:In Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and New Orleans; Sixth Floor Museum, Southfork Ranch, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bob Bullock State History Museum, San Fernando Cathedral, the Alamo, barge tour on the San Antonio River Walk, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Texas White House, NASA-Johnson Space Center, boat cruise through the Atchafalaya Basin, and Houmas House Plantation & Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
DALLAS Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown (F)FORT WORTH Radisson Hotel Fort Worth – Fossil Creek (F)AUSTIN Drury Inn & Suites Austin North (ST)FREDERICKSBURG Comfort Inn & Suites Fredericksburg (ST),SAN ANTONIO Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk (ST)HOUSTON Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria (ST)LAFAYETTE Ramada Lafayette Conference Center (F)NEW ORLEANS Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans (MF)
2 breakfasts, 7 continental breakfasts
NOTES:Choose to travel on departure October 12 and be in Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair. Held in the same historic Fair Park since 1886, this is the largest state fair in the United States.Travel on departure March 29 and be in New Orleans for the largest free music festival in the South. The streets come alive with more than 150 musical performances on stages throughout the French Quarter.
Transportation:Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.