Wild rodeo rides, classic ranches and cowboy boots, past tense experience? Forget it, in Texas its is very much alive and part of the present and believe us, Texas is more than worth exploring.
For about two weeks you put on those boots of yours and discover the real United States. The Wild West is never far away. Better still, occasionally you seem to be part of a western! You see wild horses being tamed, a herd of cattle passing by you and purebred cowboys who steer it all in the right direction. From the rugged outdoors to progressive cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. You mix the best of two worlds. That way you can dive back in time one day to focus upon the future in the hypermodern NASA space center the next.
Charming and adventurous at the same time. Jiehaa! Bored is just not in the Texas dictionary and yes, you can keep your boots on no matter where you go. ;-)) So long stranger!
Day 1 - Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas is your starting point. The town of Fort Worth where you will spend the first 2 nights of your selfdrive is a mere half an hour's drive from here. Exciting!
Day 2 - Dallas/Fort Worth
No better place to start a selfdrive in Texas than in Fort Worth, The City of Cowboys. At Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District time stood still. Here, in this old livestock market, you will be able to attend cattle drives twice a day. The streets are dotted with authentic saloons and every weekend a real rodeo is sheduled at the Cowtown Coliseum.
Day 3 - Dallas/ Fort Worth > Austin (306 km)
After two days of acclimatization, we take the road: a little over 3 hours to reach Austin where the musical atmosphere is very special. There are no less than 200 locations where you can listen to live music. The city boasts of being the world capital of live music.
Day 4 - Austin > San Antonio (128 km)
A short drive will take you to the charming city of San Antonio. Its cozy River Walk district is the ideal starting point to explore the city center. The variation of green landscapes, the winding river and open-air squares may give you the impression you are in Europe. There are numerous restaurants, bars and small shops to enjoy and in order to do this at your own pace, a two night stay is just perfect.
Day 5 - San Antonio
San Antonio has played an important role in American history, in particularly through its fort 'The Alamo'. Originally a Spanish mission post, it was here that a battalion of 189 Texas soldiers managed to hold off 4,000 Mexican soldiers for 13 days. Follow the Mission Trail which will lead you to the other take you to other stations in the city. Feeling peckish ? Head to Market Square, the biggest Mexican market outside of Mexico for enchiladas, tacos and burritos!
Day 6 - San Antonio > Del Rio (304 km)
Time to leave the cozy and diverse city of San Antonio. Del Rio, on the border with Mexico, awaits your visit. Enjoy the authentic "Southern" atmosphere here. Make sure you pop in at Val Verde, the oldest wine house of the state. Not only does it come highly recommended, it is free of charge!
Day 7 - Del Rio > Big Bend Nationaal Park (352 km)
Time for a solid piece of nature. Today you drive to Big Bend National Park, named after the curve in the Rio Grande river. The contrast of the Chihuahuan desert and Texan Mountains is stunning. Visit the park on foot, by mountain bike or jeep. You have plenty of time as you stay here for 2 nights.
Day 8 - Big Bend National Park
An extra day to explore the Big Bend National Park is probably more than welcome. There is just so much to see.
Day 9 - Big Bend National Park > Midland (341 km)
Midland, that' is yournew end destination today. Half way down you may wish to stop and explore Fort Stockton. This 19th century fort is a witness to the fascinating past and as such definitely worth a visit. Enjoy lunch in town before starting the second part of your drive.
Day 10 - Midland > Amarillo (382 km)
The second largest canyon in the USA, Amarillo's Palo Duro Canyon, is the main highlight today. Count on a 4-hour drive before you arrive at the entrance to this impressive natural phenomenon. You can either explore the park aboard your own private, rental vehicle or hop on one of the jeeps with rangers. You spend the night in Amarillo, on Route 66.
Day 11 - Amarillo > Wildcatter Ranch (450 km)
The perfect way to epitomize the experiences highlighted during this trip is to spend the last two nights on a true guest ranch yourself. The village of Graham, home to the Wildcatter ranch, gladly obliges. Indulge and find out what true Texan charm is all about.
Day 12 - Wildcatter Ranch
How about planning your day yourself? Unwind near the pool or in the Jacuzzi of the ranch or choose from among the numerous optional activities such as horseback riding or canoe trips (at surcharge). At night you can enjoy a real Texan dinner served in the restaurant on site.
Day 13 - Wildcatter Ranch > Dallas (188 km)
Hotels & Meals
Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.
Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.
Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.
The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
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The United States span 4 time zones:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
- Central (- 7 h)
- Mountain (- 8 h)
- Pacific (- 9 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 10 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
- 2 nights on an authentic cattle farm: The Wildcatter
- Your roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)
What's not included?
Your international flight and car rental. The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.