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Deep in the <strong>heart of Texas</strong>

Deep in the heart of Texas

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Hit the road in Texas with our specially devised US road trip and you’ll find everything from cowboy ranches to big city excitement. We’ve added major American historic landmarks like The Alamo and The Sixth Floor Museum as well as some of the most scenic parks in the southwest. Hop in a car to explore the very best that Texas has to offer.

Deep in the heart of Texas

Stop 1: Trinity Forest Adventure Park 1/12

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Before you hit the open road, visit the only aerial adventure park in Texas. The thrilling tree-top tours, courses and challenges of Trinity Forest are just minutes from the centre of Dallas but let you escape into a daring world of ropes, zip-wires, ladders and safety nets. You choose the level of difficulty; they provide a route through the oak trees. Expect a memorable exploration using wobbling bridges, balancing bars, climbing aids and high wires.

1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd. Dallas, TX 75217

http://www.trinitytreetops.com/

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Stop 2: Davy Crockett National Forest 2/12

Davy Crockett National Forest

Here’s a chance to take a break at another huge and beautiful forest. The Davy Crockett National Forest covers a massive 160,000 acres, which means you’ll have a fantastic choice of trails, camping grounds, picnic sites, streams and recreation areas. Enjoy the well-equipped beach at Ratcliff Lake or take an inspiring hike through the wilderness area. Expect long shaded stretches and clearings with panoramic views across the woodlands. (Image credit: Brian Stansbe)

18551 Texas 7, Kennard, TX 75847

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/about-forest/districts/?cid=fswdev3_008441

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Stop 3: Sam Houston Park 3/12

Sam Houston Park

Once you arrive among the skyscrapers at the heart of Houston you can discover an unlikely peaceful oasis of calm. The Sam Houston Park may be right in the downtown area, but offers a tranquil and historic 20 acres centred on an old crossing over a stream. The leafy shade around period fountains leads you to the acclaimed open-air museum of ancient buildings re-assembled in the park. These include an early settlers’ log cabin, a Victorian chapel and Houston’s oldest brick house.

1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

http://www.heritagesociety.org/sam-houston-park/

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Stop 4: The Galleria 4/12

The Galleria

A short drive across the city to the west, you’ll find an escape of a very different kind: The Galleria is the biggest shopping centre in Texas and one of the ten largest in the USA. With close to 400 stores and restaurants, two hotels, two swimming pools and a full-size ice rink, it’s no surprise that The Galleria is the city’s most popular retail attraction. And don’t worry about parking: there are six garages with 13,000 spaces in total. (Image credit: Postoak)

5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

http://www.simon.com/mall/the-galleria

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Stop 5: Space Center 5/12

Space Center

A short drive to the southeast, you can explore the extraordinary world of space travel at Houston’s famous Space Center. This is the source of the iconic ‘This is Houston’ messages that punctuated US space missions. Visiting the Space Center gives you the chance to step inside that same Mission Control and see the planet’s best collection of lunar vehicles. You can also enjoy a mind-boggling array of astronauts’ equipment and experience interactive rides designed to bring to life what it’s really like in space. (Image credit: ilovebutter)

1601 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX 77058

http://spacecenter.org/

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Stop 6: The Alamo Mission 6/12

The Alamo Mission

The Alamo fortified Mission complex was a symbol of liberty even before it was besieged by the Mexican army for two weeks in 1836. The handful of heroic Texan defenders, including Davy Crockett, were killed but their stand inspired generations of Americans. Today you can stroll round the four-acre site in the footsteps of the brave Alamo defenders and see inside historic buildings that were at the heart of the battle.

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

http://visitsanantonio.com/english/Explore-San-Antonio/Only-in-San-Antonio/The-Alamo/The-Alamo-Timeline

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Stop 7: San Fernando Cathedral 7/12

San Fernando Cathedral

Experience the historic heart of San Antonio by visiting this landmark church in a leafy spot in the city centre. To many Texans it’s much more than an elegant church that’s almost 300 years old; the cathedral is the last resting place of Davy Crockett and the site of Texan hero Jim Bowie’s wedding. Visitors can also see how the towers of the 18th-century building were used by Santa Anna’s Mexican troops as a look-out post.

115 W. Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

http://visitsanantonio.com/Browse-Book/Attractions/San-Fernando-Cathedral

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Stop 8: Hill Country Mile 8/12

Hill Country Mile

In the picturesque hills just north of San Antonio, you’ll find the pretty town of Boerne (pronounced ‘Burnee’). Among period mansions and attractive waterfronts, you’ll be able to wander the Hill Country Mile. This walking trail is an adventure through classic small town charm. It leads along the riverside and main street, where you’ll find the best restaurants and most interesting independent local speciality stores, ranging from fashion boutiques to antique shops.

Main St., Boerne, TX 78006

http://www.visitboerne.org/about-boerne/hill-country-mile

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Stop 9: Silver Spur Guest Ranch 9/12

Silver Spur Guest Ranch

For a real taste of the Texan rustic lifestyle, check into the acclaimed Silver Spur Guest Ranch near Bandera. On this 300-acre dude ranch, you’ll be immersed in the traditional rural ways. You’ll be able to sit around the campfire at night or help feed the longhorn cattle by day. And then choose between horseback tours or hiking adventures in the Hill Country State Natural Area next door. Look out for armadillos and porcupines along the way.

9266 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003

https://silverspur-ranch.com/

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Stop 10: The Bosque 10/12

The Bosque

In the heart of San Angelo this brand new park gives you the chance to enjoy the wooded Concho riverbank. As part of the sprucing up of the waterfront, the picturesque recreation area has been carefully designed to offer a wide range of entertainment, including mini-golf, volleyball, fishing, chess and ball games. You can even rent a paddleboat on the river. You’ll find food stalls here too, and look out for regular outdoor music events.

330 S Irving St. San Angelo, TX 76903

http://www.cosatx.us/departments-services/parks-recreation/the-bosque

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Stop 11: The Sixth Floor Museum 11/12

The Sixth Floor Museum

You’ll realise the significance of the Sixth Floor Museum when you discover it stands in Dealey Plaza, in a building formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository. It’s the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President Kennedy in 1963. The museum is full of impressive video and interactive displays telling the story - but it’s the sniper’s spot and the fateful view over the road outside that is most memorable.

411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202

http://www.jfk.org/

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Stop 12: Trinity Groves 12/12

Trinity Groves

Head to the west side of downtown to find the liveliest restaurant area in Dallas. The new Trinity Groves area spreads across 15 acres and has been called ‘a dining theme park’ by locals. You’ll find everything from Spanish tapas to gourmet hot dogs, Cajun seafood to classic Texan barbecues.

3011 Gulden Ln. Dallas, TX 75212

http://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-do/dallas-neighborhoods/west-dallas/trinity-groves.html

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