The road trip is an integral part of American culture and also a great way to enjoy US holidays, as it will allow you to take in parts of the country you may never have thought of visiting. Texas is one area which may not be at the top of your list of places to see, but once you have experienced the natural beauty of its vast open spaces, you are sure to want to go back.
Texas has the widest variety of landscapes you will find anywhere in North America. Drive through the state as part of caravan holidays in the US and you can expect to see mountains, deserts, lush green forests, wetlands, mighty rivers and huge stretches of farmland. The selection of places to visit is completed by some fascinating cities, which each boast unique cultures.
One of the main reasons tourists end up in Texas during US caravan holidays is that they have chosen to drive Route 66. This classic road trip runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and takes in many of the country’s most famous sights.
If you decide to drive Route 66, you will soon come to realize just how big the US is, as you travel through the huge wilderness areas between the towns and cities. You will also enjoy spectacular sights including the Ozark Mountains, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater, together with some uniquely American experiences such as a night in Las Vegas and the jazz clubs of St Louis.
You will also travel through the huge Texan ranches close to Amarillo. The city is steeped in cowboy culture and you can enjoy cattle auctions and rodeos during your stop, as well as heading to a steakhouse to taste some of the local produce.
A visit to Amarillo and driving through some of the spectacular countryside nearby may make you keen to see more of Texas. And one of the beauties of a motorhome holiday in the US is that you can change your itinerary at a moment’s notice if you decide you want to explore more of a particular area.
There is plenty to see in Texas, which is so big that it has a range of different climates, meaning the landscape changes dramatically as you drive across the state.
The Gulf Coastal Plains are home to some beautiful marshlands, which eventually meet areas of vast forests. You will also find the tranquil shores of Caddo Lake in this part of the Lone Star State. The views here are stunning, but you may just find your peace interrupted in an unusual fashion, as the Texas Bigfoot is said to live in this region.
Part of the state is covered by the Great Plains, the huge area of prairie which runs from Canada to the south of the US. This agricultural heartland makes a spectacular backdrop for a road journey. Heading into Texas Hill Country will provide you with yet another landscape, with its tree-covered hills forming some of the prettiest scenery in the state.
The most striking views are perhaps to be found in the west of Texas, which is where the deserts the state is famous for are located. The area, known as the Trans-Pecos region, has a rugged natural beauty that it is difficult to find anywhere else in the world.
It is part of the Chihuahuan Desert, which will become apparent as soon as you begin to drive through its arid landscape. But, it is also the site of the Guadalupe Mountains and the combination makes for some spectacular terrain.
The Trans-Pecos region is home to El Paso, the city close to the Mexican border on the banks of the Rio Grande. Stop here for a few hours and you will be able to experience a blend of US and Mexican culture, something which is particularly apparent in the local cuisine.
It is just one of the fascinating Texas cities you may want to visit during your caravan holiday in the US. Stopping in Houston will give you the opportunity to look around Nasa’s Space Center, while you could take a trip to the Alamo in San Antonio or enjoy Austin’s famous live music scene.