Quite simply, here are the essential facts to get you to Texas:
Best time of year to go
Whether its outdoor or indoor pursuits you’re seeking, there is no bad time to visit Texas, as each season brings certain draws. During fall (September – November), the sometimes oppressive heat of summer is gone, making outdoor activities much more pleasant. It’s the perfect climate for festivals and events, a number of which are held across the state. For nature lovers, spring (March – May) is the best time to head to Texas, when the state blossoms with an abundance of flora and fauna. Although hot, summer (June – August) is a great time for all types of water sports, and we recommend heading to Texas’s coastal resorts for some beach time.
Flights from London are available with a variety of carriers, with the time approximately 10 hours.
Visa and Entry Requirements: For non-US citizens planning to travel to the United States travel authorisation is required as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Not to worry, this is simple and can be done online through an online registration system known as ESTA. It will be valid for a period of two years or until the date on which your passport expires, whichever comes first. Without an ESTA you could be refused travel.
Plane: Due to the State’s size, air travel between Texas is advised if you’re tight on time. Several airlines such as United Airlines offer cheap inter-Texas flights between cities at competitive rates.
Car: The ultimate way to see the state is via Texas’s roads and highways that weave between its main cities that are made for intrepid road trips. All major cities and large towns have car rental facilities on offer. For those looking to carry on your stateside adventure, Texas’s central location means it is well-served from other points in the U.S. by the United States Interstate Highway system.
Bus: For the more adventurous (and more frugal) passengers, the Greyhound bus is a cheap and convenient way to travel around Texas. Bus routes serve all but the tiniest towns, though it may take several transfers and twice as long as it would by car.
As with the rest of the US, tipping is a part of life throughout the state of Texas. As a social custom it is heavily practiced, and for that reason it is expected. Restaurants expect a minimum of 15% gratuity, with 20% sufficient for truly great service.
A few fun facts:
1. Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.
2. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885.
3. The armadillo is the official state mammal.
4. The word Texas comes from the Hasinai Indian word “tejas” meaning “friends” or “allies”.
5. The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston” on July 20th 1969.
6. More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
7. It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else’s cow.
8. The world’s largest (and oldest) rattlesnake roundup is held every March in Sweetwater, Texas.