Lone Star Trail
Tour Type:Self Drive Tours
Tour Activity:Wild West and Native Americans
Tour Region: Southwest Region
Tour InformationThe Lone Star Trail tour begins in Dallas and ends in Dallas.
Please view itinerary description below.
Arrive Dallas Ft. Worth Airport. Pick up your car and transfer independently to your hotel.
Dallas – Austin / driving distance: 207 mi / 333 km
Today head out for the capital city of Texas, home to the handsome State Capitol Building and the Texas State History Museum. Austin is a lively city that bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World”. Enjoy an evening on Sixth Street or the Warehouse District.
Austin – Houston / driving distance: 201 mi / 323 km
Discover Houston’s past in Heritage Park amid the skyscrapers of downtown Houston. Visit the nearby Johnson Space Center for a fascinating history of America’s love affair with outer space.
Houston – Corpus Christi / driving distance: 213 mi / 342 km
Take a short drive to the island community of Galveston, filled with Victorian reminders of its reign as Texas’ leading port. Galveston dominated commerce along the Gulf until its growth was halted by a hurricane. Then head for Corpus Christi, a seaport specializing as Texas’ playground.
Corpus Christi – San Antonio / driving distance: 149 mi / 239 km
See the open range and farmland of early German settlers on the way to San Antonio. San Antonio’s unique blend of cultures makes it one of the most charming cities in the U.S. Your hotel for two nights is located in the heart of San Antonio within easy walking distance of the major sites.
Stroll along the Riverwalk or visit El Mercado of the Alamo City. The Spanish Governor’s Palace or one of the many Spanish missions will take you into the historical heritage of this charming city. But most of all, remember the Alamo and visit the site of the courageous battle between a handful of Texans and Santa Ana’s vast army, which was instrumental in creating the Republic of Texas.
San Antonio – Pecos/Fort Stockton / driving distance: 330 mi / 530 km
The rolling hill country was the site of early settlements in mid-Texas. The farmers had to battle infertile earth and marauding Comanches to survive here. Overnight in Fort Stockton.
Fort Stockton – El Paso / driving distance: 240 mi / 386 km
The City of El Paso is located on the westernmost tip of the state of Texas and is on the US/Mexico border. Its proximity to Mexico helps promote the best the two worlds have to offer, and El Pasoans have long enjoyed the benefits of being situated between three states and two nations. El Paso’s climate – typical of the desert southwest – the fact that it is located at the base of the Franklin Mountains, and its mix of cultures and traditions makes the Sun City a unique and interesting place to visit.
El Paso – Albuquerque / driving distance: 269 mi / 433 km
Leave El Paso and cross into New Mexico. Between the mountains and the mesas runs a river, and astride it stands a city that embodies the diversity of cultures and breadth of ideals that are uniquely American. It is Albuquerque.
Albuquerque is a city full of exciting attractions and events, from Historic Old Town, where the Villa of Albuquerque was founded in 1706, to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the most popular ballooning event in the world. The code of the West rules here in spirit as you venture north through Pecos County where giants and legends, such as Pecos Bill, are made. Look for deer, javelinas, jackrabbits, and coyote as you journey across this seemingly uninhabitable terrain.
Albuquerque – Santa Fe – Amarillo / driving distance: 341 mi / 549 km
Unique to this area are the Pinyon pines, which produce an edible nut considered a gourmet delicacy in the West. Continue eastward to the panhandle of Texas and hopefully you’ll get a glimpse of the Texas blue sky or a towering thundercloud, both prevalent features of this flat plain. Amarillo was once a railhead town for cattle shipments to the North. The cattle industry remains an important element of the city’s economy. Amarillo is well known for its Cadillac graveyard.
Amarillo – Dallas / driving distance: 370 mi /590 km
Drive eastward today to Palo Duro Canyon and see artifacts of pre-Pueblo inhabitants. Then continue south toward Dallas. Cotton fields and grain silos flank the highway en route to Dallas today.
Return your rental car at the airport before your departure flight.
Prices, Dates and Conditions
|DAILY DEPARTURES||PRICE FROM
|April, May, June, July, August, September, October||742||1033|
|1||Dallas||Best Western Dallas Hotel||Omni Dallas Hotel|
|2||Austin||Red Roof Inn Austin South||Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown|
|3||Houston||Comfort Inn near the Galleria||Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown|
|4||Corpus Christi||Best Western Marina Grand||Omni Corpus Christi Hotel|
|5-6||San Antonio||El Tropicano||Marriott Rivercenter|
|7||Fort Stockton||Comfort Suites||Comfort Suites|
|8||El Paso||Quality Inn Airport East||Quality Inn Airport East|
|9-10||Albuquerque||Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn||Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn|
|11||Amarillo||Best Western Amarillo||Best Western Medical Center Inn|
|12||Dallas||Best Western Dallas Hotel||Omni Dallas Hotel|
- Live large and think big in Dallas, a city built on big dreams
- Visit Austin, Texas’s capital city and the “Live Music Capital of the World”
- Catch a live performance at one of Austin’s nearly 200 music venues
- Visit Texas’ largest city and the fourth largest in the nation, Houston
- Embark on a journey through space at NASA’s Johnson Space Center/Space Center Houston
- Stop in Galveston, a treasure trove of things historically Texan
- Explore Corpus Christi, one of Texas’ most popular Gulf Coast playgrounds
- Stroll along the quaint pathways of San Antonio’s River Walk, an urban sanctuary
- Remember the Alamo, a symbol of courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty
- Travel through Texas’ Hill Country where rolling hills dominate the region
- Discover El Paso, an ancient mountain pass surrounded by mile-high peaks and the largest U.S. city on the Mexican border
- Sample rich culture and the true Southwest in Albuquerque
- Visit Santa Fe, a UNESCO designated City of Design, Crafts and Folk Art
- Experience wide-open spaces and rolling plains in the Texas Panhandle
- Pay a visit to Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch, a ritual site for those who travel The Mother Road
Admission fees not included