Best of Texas

Day 1

ALABAMA • MONTGOMERY:

Today, we travel to Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama. Our city tour will include a drive by of the Capitol, First White House of the Confederacy, the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, the Hank Williams Memorial and many other points of interest. We overnight in southern Alabama.
Day 2

LOUISIANA • MARTIN ACCORDIONS • CAJUN DINNER:

In the Cajun Country of Lafayette, Louisiana, we enjoy a special treat as we tour Martin Accordions to see how accordions are made. Junior Martin and his family custom craft fine diatonic accordions used by professional and amateur musicians around the world. You’re sure to enjoy the demonstration of authentic Cajun Music played on these fine Cajun Squeezeboxes. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Cajun dinner, as well as festive music and atmosphere. We spend the night in Lafayette. (D)
Day 3

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS • DINNER:

Travel today takes us to San Antonio, our home for the next two nights. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas. You’ll understand why when you get a glimpse of this beautiful city! Dinner tonight is included on the River Walk. (D)
Day 4

ALAMO • IMAX THEATER • RIVER WALK:

Highlights of the day include a visit to The Alamo, established in 1718 as the city’s first mission, and a most interesting film, Alamo - the Price of Freedom at the IMAX Theater. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the river walk area along the shores of the San Antonio River. Shops, restaurants, boutiques, and vendors line the banks of the river.
Day 5

Y O RANCH • LUNCH • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR • AUSTIN - STATE CAPITOL:

Saddle up, partner, we’re burnin’ daylight! We get a glimpse of the Old West at the Y.O. Ranch, a 40,000-acre working ranch, and see the country’s largest collection of exotic wild animals. All this sightseeing sharpens the appetite, so saunter-on-up to the table for a mouthwatering Chuckwagon lunch. We then head north to Fredericksburg and visit The National Museum of the Pacific War, the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. This evening we drive by the State Capitol Building in Austin. We overnight in the Austin area. (L)
Day 6

TEXAS RANGER MUSEUM • MAGNOLIA MARKET • FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS • CATTLE DRIVE • STEAK DINNER:

In Waco we visit the Texas Ranger Museum. Here we will find out all about these famous lawmen who have been called one of the most effective investigative law enforcement agencies in the world. We have time for a short stop at Magnolia Market, owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Arriving in Fort Worth, it’s apparent that the Old West is thriving in the Stockyards National Historic District! See a real Texas Longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and enjoy the authenticity of the Stockyards. Dinner tonight is included at one of the area’s popular steak restaurants. (D)
Day 7

DALLAS • SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM • ARKANSAS:

Dallas is probably most noted as the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Sixth Floor Museum displays an interesting exhibition on the life, death, and legacy of President Kennedy. It is here in the former Texas School Book Depository that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly fired his fatal shots. Before leaving Dallas we stop at Pioneer Plaza to see the larger-than-life bronze cattle drive. We travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the night. This evening we enjoy a delicious dinner before checking into our hotel. (D)
Day 8

MEMPHIS • GRACELAND MANSION • NASHVILLE • DINNER:

Graceland Mansion, the home of the legendary Elvis Presley, will give us a glimpse into the personal life of one of the world’s greatest entertainers. The tour of Graceland Mansion includes the living room, his parents’ bedroom, the kitchen, TV room, pool room, the famous Jungle Room, his father’s office, the newly enhanced trophy building, and the racquetball building, all newly restored to how it looked in 1977. We have dinner and overnight in Nashville. (D)
Day 9

HOME:

It’s time to head on back to the homestead, hang our hats, and slide our boots under our own bunk! We’ve had a whoppin’ good time!
Best of Texas
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MEALS INCLUDED
Continental Breakfasts: 8
Lunches: 1
Dinners: 4
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