Today’s images come from the USA, a destination that we’ve loved visiting over the years. Texas is the second largest state (after Alaska) and there’s lots to see. Amarillo is in the northern part of Texas. It’s home to the Big Texan Steak Ranch where if you can eat a huge 72oz steak within 45 minutes, you get it free!

They send a car to collect you from your hotel if you prebook.

Just outside Amarillo is the Palo Duro Canyon – really worth a detour. It’s the second largest canyon in the USA. Lots of hiking and biking trails to explore here, with stables so you can go horse-riding too.

Further south in Texas, you find San Antonio – home to the Alamo, where in 1836 there was a battle between the Mexicans and Texans, after a long siege. Nearly all the Texans who were defending were killed, including such American heroes as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. The actual Mission that they defended can be found in the heart of the modern city. However San Antonio seems to come to life at night-time, with bars and restaurants lining the River Walk. You can take a boat ride along the river as well.

Houston is located on the coast and is a lively city. Home to NASA where you can spend a great day finding out about space exploration in the past and looking forward to future explorations.

Also home to the Houston Astros baseball team – we loved our evening there, such a long event!! The stadium is indoors and is huge.

Austin is known for music with live music festivals and concerts. It is also the state capital.

Dallas is known to those of us of a certain age for the programme in the seventies with the Ewing family! Southfork Ranch actually exists still and the city is full of skyscrapers just like the opening shots in the programme. The city has several districts – note in particular the Bishop Arts District, the Design District and the Arts District for some quirky insights into these Texans

All in all, I’d go back to Texas anyday to explore more of the state. When would you like to visit? Get in touch to plan your next trip to the Lone Star State.

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