A state as large as Texas (it’s bigger than France, don’t you know?) has a lot to offer even the most seasoned of travelers. So once you’ve feasted upon its unique cuisine and delved into Texas’s distinguishing cowboy culture take a look at its artsy side, its surfing meccas, and of course no trip would be complete without a real Texan football game.
Football: Dallas Cowboys
A city that rarely does anything by halves, Dallas plays host to one of the USA’s biggest sporting teams, The Dallas Cowboys. One of the most iconic teams in the NFL, the fans are die hard and The Cowboys Stadium is one of the most opulent in the country. Costing over a billion dollars to construct, it’s served as a super-bowl venue in 2009, as well as hosting boxing, basketball and rodeo events and Dallas’s biggest concert events. Imbibe the true sporting finesse of Texan life by taking a look at what’s on at the stadium.
When you think of ‘hanging-ten’ stateside, it’s usually the strong swells of California’s Pacific Coast that first springs to mind. Think again. Galveston – or G-Town as it’s affectionately dubbed – is tucked away in the northernmost corner on Texas’s coastline, and is known for its surf scene both in and out the water. Thanks to the winds off the gulf-coast and a system of sandbars and shallow waters the waves are usually small and gentle: perfect for beginners. To unearth the best surf spots it’s best to ask the locals. Or to get started, head to one of the many board-rentals that line the shore and make your way to Flagship Hotel Pier, a spot where the waves are consistent and there’s always an audience to cheer you on.
Art: Cadillac Ranch
Not only confined to the museums and galleries of Texas, art has been popping up in some unusual locations across the state. If you happen to find yourself making your way across Route 66 heading west of Amarillo, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Cadillac Ranch, an impressive installation piece on the side of the highway. Built by a group of hippies from San Francisco who go by the name of The Ant Farm, Cadillac Ranch is said to pay tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin and was designed to baffle the locals. Back in 1974, ten Cadillacs were driven into the middle of the desert, half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt, supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Today the art instalment has become a ritual site for those who travel the ‘Mother Road’. It sees art-anarchists from across the globe make their mark on the bizarre art form, so come armed with a can of spray paint and get ready to create your master-piece (that is, until someone else sprays over it).