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Bristol
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Itinerary help

Hi

We are from the uk and are thinking of vacationing in Texas for 3 weeks. We are planning to go in early October and we have a rough idea on what we want to do and see.

We large in our early 50's and would like to experience the real Texas. We like country music and would love to visit some live music venues, spend a few days on a dude ranch, we also like the outdoors and would like to visit some national parks where we can walk or cycle and spend some time on the coast.

We are thinking :-

5th October fly London to Houston( got no reason to visit Houston, it's just that united do direct flights). Then in no particular order, visit Austin for the live music scene, San Antonio and then maybe a week in south padre island before flying back from Houston on 26th October. We would welcome any advice on the following:-

Suggested route

Areas to stay in Austin, San Antonio and south padre and things to do and see.

Suggestions for a dude ranch

How long to spend in Austin and San Antonio

Other places to visit( don't mind driving reasonable distances or would even consider taking some internal flights).

Many thanks in advance for your help

Terry

houston, texas
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The Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera is fabulous!

Houston
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Terry--

Based on what you express as your desires to see in Texas, you probably won't want to spend a great deal of time in Houston, as it's a large city that's not particularly oriented toward tourism (even though there are things to see and do).

San Antonio and Austin are only 70 miles (115 km) apart, both in the heart of the Texas "Hill Country", which will offer you a lot of opportunities to hear country music in various venues within an hour's drive. People who are far more familiar than I can give you many towns with local music scenes, but you could easily make day trips from either city. Depending on what else you want to do, 10-14 days is a good time for this area.

One thing you might consider is a trip to the Big Bend National Park, a full day's drive from San Antonio. You'll need to make reservations very soon at Los Chisos Lodge, as it's about the only place to stay in the park, and it fills early. Otherwise, you'll be relegated to driving back to Marfa, Marathon or Alpine for lodging, which makes for a very long day of driving.

South Padre Island is south of Houston. It's very laid back. Be careful of the sun, as many Brits (and other northern Europeans) get severe sunburns here, even in October. We're not that far from the Equator.

Welcome to Texas, and y'all come back now, y'hear?

Bristol
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Thanks for the advice guys

What will the weather be like in October?

Houston, TX
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Weaather usually is great--the heat of summer is generally gone, days are warm and nights are pleasantly cool. Usually fairly dry. Great time to visit here in Houston as well as San Antonio and Austin. Things may be a bit different if you decide to include Big Bend--warmer days in the lower elevation, cool to very cool at the higher elevations.

Be aware that Oct. 18-20 is Parent's Weekend in Austin for the University of Texas. Accommodations book early for this so if those are your dates for Austin book now.

Edited: 9:43 am, February 15, 2013
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