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Best of Texas: Wildflowers & Cowboys Tour

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Max 10, Min 6

Languages

English

Pricing

Double Occupancy- $6,850 per person.

Single Occupancy- $8,975 per person.

Please call (435) 940-4212 if you have questions regarding this trip.

Overview

2025
Wednesday, April 2, 2025 – Wednesday, April 9, 2025

Everything really is bigger in Texas. This tour celebrates the highlights of the state from cowboys to presidents. We visit five of the largest cities in the United States and we see vast open prairies and hill country covered in wildflowers. You’ll see where history was made and experience what makes Texas the Lone Star State.

● This tour takes you to one of only 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States and one of only 50 UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy in the world.

● This tour sheds light on history and places directly connected to several US Presidents including the “Texas White House” and Dealey Plaza.

● Enjoy the spectacle of Lady Bird Johson’s legacy. She once said, “For me, wildflowers are joy-giving. They have enriched my life and fed my soul and given beautiful memories to sustain me.” Most Texans would agree as they experience the wildflower blooms every year with bluebonnets (Texas State Flower), Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, verbena, phlox, primrose, and more cover hillsides, fields, and highway medians throughout the state.

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Kevin Earl

Meet your Guide

Kevin was born and raised in DFW. Although he now lives in Utah, you can take a Texan out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of a Texan. As a member of The Texas Boys Choir, Kevin traveled the state in his youth and sang songs celebrating the state’s history and proud culture. Kevin is excited to share Texas with visitors from all over the world just as he does in Utah—to take guests along the old Chisolm Trail, inspire them with natural beauty, and help them marvel at the historical and modern nature of Texas’s grand cities. Because of his experience living several years in China and two in Hungary as well as his extensive travel experience to more than 30 countries, Kevin understands what makes a great tour and travel experience and uses that knowledge to help his guests make special memories that will last a lifetime.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Houston and Welcome

After arriving in Houston and checking into the hotel, join the group for a fun evening out on the town at Post. This mid-century historic US Post Office has been converted into a destination for food, drinks, and entertainment. The evening includes an introduction to your guide and driver, an overview of the itinerary and what to expect throughout the tour, and opportunities for you to meet your fellow tour participants. All of this with fantastic views of downtown Houston’s skyline. Dinner is on your own with several options to choose from at Post.

Day 2: Houston – Space Cowboys and Texas Victory

"Houston, we have a problem” and “Remember the Alamo” are two phrases that everyone knows, whether they grew up in Texas or not. Your day includes visiting the locations connected to both of these infamous statements including the NASA Houston Space Center and San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield. Your guide takes you to these two historically important destinations where you can explore the space center on a tram tour and stand in the shadow of the tallest masonry column in the world to commemorate the final battle and Texas victory over Mexico.

Day 3: San Antonio – Culture and Food Capital of Texas

San Antonio is the oldest municipality in Texas being established in the early 1700s by Spanish missionaries and soldiers. It is also a vibrant city of culture. Your guide will help you experience the history and modern culture of this fabulous city with the famous Riverwalk at its core. The day includes visiting one of only 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States made up of five Spanish Missions including the Alamo. You also experience the Hispanic culture and authentic Tex-Mex food at Historic Market Square, and we enjoy a boat tour on the world-famous San Antonio Riverwalk.

Day 4: Hill Country – Deep in The Heart of Texas

Texas Hill Country is the heart of the state where the stories of Spanish colonization, Texas independence, German and Czech pioneers, and the great American cowboy all intersect. Mix in the iconic Texas longhorn and thousands of acres of wildflowers in bloom every spring, and you see why one song boldly declares that “God blessed Texas.” After breakfast in San Antonio, we drive to Luckenbach, Texas, a town consisting of little more than a post office with a bar and made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson through their song of the same name. We then visit the birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson and see where he was born, lived, and buried as well as the so-called Texas White House. We end the day in the quaint Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, settled in 1846 by German immigrants and was the birthplace of Admiral Nimitz.

Day 5: Austin – The Capitol and Bats

We drive through the spectacular Texas countryside on our way to the capital city, Austin. In Austin we visit the largest state capitol building in the country, billed as the “seventh largest building in the world” at the time of its opening. Our visit to this seat of government includes a guided tour led by a local tour guide. While in Austin, we’ll also be witness to a spectacular natural wonder as thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from their seasonal roost of Congress Street Bridge. We enjoy this spectacle from a private boat on the river.

Day 6: Waco, Ennis, and Fort Worth – Cowboys, Bluebonnets, and The Silos

From Austin, we drive north to the DFW Metroplex with a couple of points of interest and millions of wildflowers along the way. In the morning, we make a quick stop in Waco at The Silos where you can pop into one of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ shops or grab a treat from the hottest destination in town (outside of Baylor’s McLane Stadium during football season). We also see the Chisolm Trail Bridge that was the longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi when it opened in 1870. We next visit Ennis and drive the oldest bluebonnet trail in the state where stunning fields of native wildflowers are admired by visitors every spring.

We arrive in Fort Worth in time for the afternoon cattle drive in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. You can watch as real cowboys drive a herd of Texas longhorns down the street back to their barn for the night. This drive may also include a stop at one of Texas’ most peculiar tourist destinations, Bucky’s. And, in the evening, be sure to visit Billy Bob’s Texas, the largest honkytonk in the world, for dinner and dancing, or just people watching and maybe some bull riding.

Day 7: Dallas – Kennedy, Thanks-Giving, and Flowers

Our final explorations of Texas take place in the Big D. On our drive to Downtown Dallas, we’ll pass AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys), Globe Life Field (home of the Texas Rangers), and the American Airlines Center (home of the Dallas Mavericks). Once in downtown, you visit the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination at Dealey Plaza, experience a tranquil garden and modern architectural masterpiece by Philip Johnson that President Gerald Ford recognized as a national shrine at Thanks-Giving Square, and wander 66 acres of blooming gardens at the Dallas Arboretum. Additionally, our tour of Downtown Dallas includes the Cattle Drive sculpture and seeing several spectacular pieces of architecture such as I.M. Pei’s Dallas City Hall, the Reunion Tower, and the Old Red Courthouse, which served as the offices of the Texas Rangers in Walker, Texas Ranger.

Day 8: Departure from DFW

After breakfast, sit back and relax as you travel from your hotel to Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

We will provide airport transfers at 7:00am and 11:00am. Please plan your flights accordingly.

Guest Accommodations
Professional Tour Guide
Transportation (while on tour)
Entrance Fees for all the museums & sites listed in the itinerary
Breakfast (when not included with hotel)
Lunch
Solar Eclipse Party
Entrance Fees
Riverwalk Boat Cruise
Austin River Cruise (dinner included)

Dinners
Guide Gratuity
Airfare
Hotel Incidentals
Houston Airport Transfer

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