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Texas Activities overview

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Aarhus, Denmark
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Texas Activities overview

My wife and I are planning a trip to Texas for about a week (Sep.27th-Oct.3rd). We might rent an RV and just drive nice places, but are trying to find out what activities we might find for that period. I have been surfing some, but haven't really found an overview. Kind of activities? We are in our fourties and it could be cultural or sports events.

Any suggestions for websites which would be helpful - I really thought that tripadvisor would have those facilities, but then I need to go city by city and even if I do the information is rather limited (maybe its just me).


Aubrey, Texas
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1. Re: Texas Activities overview

You've asked a question that takes entire guidebooks to answer. I suggest you get one of those, such as Frommer's, Moon or Insight Guide.

You can also visit the Texas tourist website to learn more about the state. http://www.traveltex.com/Index.aspx

Do some reading then come back when you have specific questions. We'll be happy to help.

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2. Re: Texas Activities overview

Here's a few to get you started






Your planned dates are during the state fair so here's their site


I was curious that you posted in Fort Worth forum- is this where you hope to start your trip? Are you interested in spending some time in FW before starting your RV journey?



Once you have read over some of the other general Texas threads, you might post again in the "Texas" forum to get a broader range of input.

As you know from your previous research, Texas is 696,000+ sq km (as compared with Denmark ~43,000)- that's a whole lot of country!

Aarhus, Denmark
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3. Re: Texas Activities overview

Thanks poodleone,

http://tourtexas.com/listbydate_0810.html was exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

Aarhus, Denmark
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4. Re: Texas Activities overview

The reason I am starting from Fort Worth is that I am there on business for a week. So this trip is a private extension I am making with my wife.

We will study events and the other links that has been provided and I am sure we will be back with more questions.

Thanks so far :-)

Aubrey, Texas
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5. Re: Texas Activities overview

yes, tourtexas is a good site. Good to know about that. I'm always learning something new here at TA. Thanks, poodleone.

As you'll be in Ft. Worth, you should go to the Stockyards for some Old West atmosphere. There you can visit Billy Bob's Texas which may be what it claims to be, the world's largest honky tonk.



Czech Republic
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for San Antonio, Lubbock
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6. Re: Texas Activities overview

In brief, I would suggest a quick trip to San Antonio and Austin if you have the time. You could

take Hwy 281 south from Fort Worth to SA and then on to Austin and back to DFW via I35.

suggestions include Luckenbach TX, Gruene TX..2 old Texas music plasce.




Santa Barbara, CA
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7. Re: Texas Activities overview

I agree with texashombre. That is by far the best way to see the best parts of Texas in that time period. Do not try to find something better, this is it.

DO NOT waste any time in Dallas, it is not "Texan" at all.

In Ft. Worth eat at Joe T. Garcia's. Order the "regular dinner". Eat some BBQ at Angelo's.

Then hit the road.

Take US 183 SW out of Ft. Worth until it connects with US 281 in Stephenville I believe. Then head south on 281.

US 281 is a great road for an RV because it is two lanes each way with a large open median between the north-south lanes. I-35 in an RV would not be a fun drive at all.

San Antonio would be a great destination and Austin is fine for a couple days. Johnson City and Stonewall (Home of President LBJ) are nice little towns, Marble Falls would be a great place to spend the night (Hampton Inn or La Quinta with a Lake view). Fredericksburg is also a nice town with a good WWII museum.

A week would be just about right for this trip.

1 night in Ft. Worth, 1 night in Marble Falls, maybe a night in Fredericksburg, 2 or 3 in SA, 1 in Austin and then back to FW.

Aarhus, Denmark
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8. Re: Texas Activities overview

Thanks all, San Antonia is not a bad idea.

We might actually extend the trip for another week. I guess we will make our minds up next week.

One of the ideas is to drive all the way down to the big-bend, but not sure if it is worth the long drive, but it does look beautiful though.

Any comments on that?

Czech Republic
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9. Re: Texas Activities overview

Big Bend is a different beauty. If you have the extra week, I think you would enjoy it. (The town of Alpine is a nice little respite on your way out of Big Bend area)

There is obviously no trees but the sunsets are wonderful. You could drive for quite some time and maybe not see another car. Some definite solitude.

Did you ever the movie 'Giant', if not, try to find it. It may just peak your interest in the area.

"The story begins with a trip to by a Texas rancher, Jordan 'Bick' Benedict (Rock Hudson) to Maryland to look at and buy a horse. He falls in love with the daughter of the horse's owner, Miss Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), whom he marries and brings back to his Texas ranch. Not everyone back at the ranch is glad to see her, and a rivalry between them and cowboy / oil tycoon Jett Rink (James Dean), develops and unfolds over two generations between the families"


If you go, Terlingua will give you a definite feel of olden days..a true ghost town near by and only about 3 store fronts.

Definitely stop by the Gage Hotel in Marathon, 100% Texana http://www.gagehotel.com/

Czech Republic
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10. Re: Texas Activities overview

As well, there is still plenty around Austin and San Antonio. North of San Antonio, West of Austin is the LBJ Ranch which is a working ranch. (As mentioned, Luckenback TX) Also, you may want to check out Bandera TX...claims to be the cowboy capital of the world....a neat main sreet.




to or from Bandera via San Antonio is Helotes TX,

Floore's Country Store..music etc.



while in TEXAS try Blue Bell ice cream, chicken fried steak, stuffed jalepanos, margarita, any TEX-Mex, Shiner beer, fajitas, BBQ, pecan pie..find a Texas dance hall, listen to some Texas music

(in Fort Worth their is Kincaid's hamburgers on Bowie-yum!)

Enjoy! If I/we can be of further ask please ask (pm).