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:-
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