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The Ultimate Texas Travel Guide Collection - 4 Guides with MAPS

Do You Want To Travel To Texas But Don't Know Where To Start Or Which is THE Best Place to Visit?

Then You Really NEED This Collection of 4 Texas Travel Guides with Helpful Maps, Contact Information and Travel Directions.

More than 700 Pages of PURE Content. Here is just the tip of the iceberg.

1 THE BEST OF TEXAS 5
1 The Best Luxury & Historic
Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
2 The Best Bed & Breakfasts
& Boutique Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
3 The Best Hotel Bargains . . . . . . . . . . . .8
4 The Best Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
5 The Best Texan Dining. . . . . . . . . . . . .10
6 The Best Lone Star Experiences . . . .11
7 The Best Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
8 The Best Shopping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
9 The Best Places for Boot-
Scootin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
10 The Best of Natural Texas . . . . . . . . . .15
11 The Best Historical Attractions. . . . .16
12 The Best Family Adventures . . . . . . .17
13 The Best of Texas Online . . . . . . . . . .18
2 TEXAS IN DEPTH 20
1 Texas Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
2 Looking Back at Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Glossry: How to Talk Like a Texan . . . . 22
3 Texas in Pop Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
4 Eating & Drinking in Texas. . . . . . . . .33
3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO TEXAS 35
1 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
2 Entry Requirements & Customs . . . .35
Cut to the Front of the Airport
Security Line as a Registered
Traveler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
3 When to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Texas Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
4 Getting There & Getting
Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
5 Money & Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Texas: Gateway to Mexico. . . . . . . . . . . 48
6 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
7 Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
8 Specialized Travel Resources . . . . . .50
9 Sustainable Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Its Easy Being Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
The Complete Travel Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
10 Packages for the Independent
Traveler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56iv
CO N T E N T S T E X A S
11 Escorted General-Interest Tours . . . .56
12 Special-Interest Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
13 Planning Your Trip Online . . . . . . . . .59
14 Staying Connected. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
15 Tips on Accommodations . . . . . . . . .62
4 SUGGESTED ITINERARIES IN TEXAS 63
1 The Regions in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
2 Texas in 1 Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
3 Texas in 2 Weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
4 Texas for Families. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
5 Exploring the Texas-Mexico
Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
5 DALLASFORT WORTH 74
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
2 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
The Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . . . 79
Fast Facts: Dallas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Family-Friendly Hotels in DFW . . . . . . 93
Family-Friendly Restaurants in
Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Picnic Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Downtown Dallass Outdoor
Sculpture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106
3 Arlington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
4 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Grapevine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
The Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . .124
Fast Facts: Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128
Family-Friendly Restaurants in
Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136
Christmas in the Stockyards. . . . . . . .141
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad . . . .143
6 HOUSTON & EAST TEXAS 155
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
The Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . .159
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Fast Facts: Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . .177
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Houston Dining Landmark
Rebuilding After Ike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180
Fast Food a la Houston . . . . . . . . . . . .182
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . .187
5 Seeing the Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
6 Sports & Outdoor Activities . . . . . 199
7 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
8 Houston After Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
9 Side Trips to East Texas . . . . . . . . . . 206
Race Relations in East Texas. . . . . . . .208
Texas State Railroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210
7 THE TEXAS GULF COAST 212
1 Galveston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Hurricane Ike & Aftermath . . . . . . . . .216
The Storm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .219
2 Brazosport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Birding Along the Texas Coast. . . . . .222
Texass Most Deserted Beach . . . . . . .225v
CO N T E N T S T E X A S
3 Corpus Christi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
4 Rockport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Whooping Cranes: Back from
the Brink of Extinction . . . . . . . . . . . . .233
5 Port Aransas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
6 Padre Island National
Seashore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
The Race to Save the Sea Turtles . . . .243
7 South Padre Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Face to Face with a Sea Turtle. . . . . .249
8 SAN ANTONIO 253
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
The Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . .256
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Fast Facts: San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . .259
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . .269
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . .279
Local Favorites: Taquerías . . . . . . . . . .280
5 Seeing the Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
6 Sports & Outdoor Activities . . . . . 288
7 Shopping in San Antonio . . . . . . . 289
8 San Antonio After Dark. . . . . . . . . . 292
Conjunto: An American Classic . . . .294
9 Hill Country Side Trips from
San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
A Taste of Alsace in Texas. . . . . . . . . . .297
9 AUSTIN 300
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
The Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . . . .302
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Fast Facts: Austin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
It Pays to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .314
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . .315
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . .324
5 Seeing the Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
Going Batty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .328
6 Staying Active. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
7 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
First Thursdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .336
8 Austin After Dark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
9 Hill Country Side Trips from
Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
10 WEST TEXAS 347
1 El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347
Fast Facts: El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .352
2 Small Towns of Central West
Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Marfas Mystery Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . .370
Gallery Hopping in the Big Bend . . . .372
3 Midland-Odessa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374
4 San Angelo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378
5 Del Rio & Amistad National
Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384vi
CO N T E N T S T E X A S
11 BIG BEND & GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS
NATIONAL PARKS 389
1 Big Bend National Park . . . . . . . . . . 389
2 Guadalupe Mountains
National Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402
3 A Side Trip to Carlsbad Caverns
National Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
12 THE PANHANDLE PLAINS 416
1 Amarillo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416
Unanticipated Rewards . . . . . . . . . . . .422
2 Canyon & Palo Duro Canyon
State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 428
Old Route 66 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .430
3 Lubbock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 433
A Different Kind of Texas Tea . . . . . . .437
APPENDIX: FAST FACTS, TOLL-FREE NUMBERS
& WEBSITES 443
1 Fast Facts: Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443 2 Toll-Free Numbers & Websites . . . 450
INDEX 4 54vii L I S T O F M A P S
The Texas Gulf Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Galveston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
South Padre Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
South-Central Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Greater San Antonio
Accommodations,
Dining & Attractions . . . . . . . . . . 262
Central San Antonio
Accommodations,
Dining & Attractions . . . . . . . . . . 265
Greater Austin Accommodations,
Dining & Attractions . . . . . . . . . . 308
Central Austin Accommodations,
Dining & Attractions . . . . . . . . . . 311
West Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349
El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
Big Bend National Park . . . . . . . . . . 391
Guadalupe Mountains
National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 403
Carlsbad Caverns
National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 409
The Panhandle Plains . . . . . . . . . . . . 417
Amarillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419
Lubbock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
Texas Driving Times
& Distances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
The Regions in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
The Best of Texas in 1 Week . . . . . . . 68
The Best of Texas in 2 Weeks . . . . . . 70
Texas for Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Exploring the Texas-Mexico
Border. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
DallasFort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Downtown & Deep Ellum
Accommodations, Dining
& Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Uptown & Oak Lawn
Accommodations
& Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Fort Worth Stockyards National
Historic District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Downtown Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Fort Worth Cultural District . . . . . . 130
Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Central Houston
Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Central Houston Dining
& Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
East Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

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