Event description

Join Our State as we immerse ourselves in Texas history, vibrant culture, and the legacies of presidents whose lives became interwoven with some of the most significant events in America.

Trip dates are March 26-April 1, 2022

Package Includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport
  • • Eleven meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • • An expert travel director and a professional driver
  • Our State host
  • • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • • All hotel tips, charges, and local taxes

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • San Antonio River Walk
  • • The Alamo
  • • Austin city tour
  • • Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
  • • Texas State Capitol
  • • George W. Bush Presidential Center
  • • Dallas city tour
  • • Dealey Plaza
  • • Fort Worth tour
  • • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • • Longhorn Cattle Drive
  • • Chef Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Detailed Itinerary:

Saturday – March 26, 2022: Welcome to San Antonio (2 nights)

Arrive in San Antonio, where you will meet your tour guide and be taken to your hotel for check-in and have a free afternoon before our exclusive welcome dinner. Overnight: Marriott Plaza San Antonio

Sunday – March 27, 2022: Scenic San Antonio

After your breakfast that is included, our group will visit the Alamo — site of the famous, pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution. Then we visit the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a local specialist. They will guide us through Mission San Jose, including a visit to the stately King William Historic District. Next stop is El Mercado where you will have lunch on your own. We will then see the San Fernando Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop and one of the oldest cathedrals in the U.S., and we will also explore the King William Historic District. This evening, walk along the famous San Antonio River Walk, a delightful network of walkways along the banks of the river, where we will also board a narrated cruise. You are free to continue to explore this area and dinner will be on your own this evening. Overnight: Marriott Plaza San Antonio

Monday – March 28, 2022: San Antonio – Austin (1 night)

Depart San Antonio this morning after breakfast, taking a short drive to Austin. Upon arrival, meet your local specialist and enjoy an exclusive guided city tour of Austin. View the Governor’s Mansion, University of Texas at Austin, and visit the pink granite Texas State Capitol. Then explore the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, including a brief self-guided tour, and afterwards visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. This evening, enjoy a private dining experience with true Texan hospitality. You will learn about our host’s family history and the science behind this delicious barbecue feast. Overnight: Renaissance Austin Hotel

Tuesday – March 29, 2022: Austin – Dallas (3 nights)

After breakfast, say goodbye to Austin and head toward College Station where you’ll visit the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Continue on to Dallas and visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center before checking into your home for the next three nights. We will enjoy a Dallas welcome with a classic Texas steak dinner. Overnight: Dallas Marriott Downtown

Wednesday – March 30, 2022: Dallas Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will discover the historical heart of downtown Dallas with a local specialist and hear the fascinating tales surrounding the legends and mysteries of the area. View Pioneer Plaza, commemorating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and cattle to market, the Historic West End, and the infamous Dealey Plaza with a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum. Learn all about a moment in history at the museum, the somber location from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Lunch is included for our group today. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Overnight: Dallas Marriott Downtown

Thursday – March 31, 2022: Fort Worth Sightseeing

Enjoy breakfast that is included and then join a local specialist to explore Fort Worth, famous for its unmistakable mix of cowboys and Texan culture. Start your day with a traditional Fort Worth “Longhorn Cattle Drive,” and meet with the cowboys before they take the cattle through the Stockyard Historic District. Enjoy time for lunch on your own here and visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, recognizing excellence in competition, business, and support of the Western lifestyle. Then, take your city tour which includes Billy Bob’s, Downtown Fort Worth, Courthouse, Sundance Square Plaza, the Entertainment District Chisholm Trail Mural, and Bass Performance Hall. Visit the Sid Richardson Museum, featuring paintings depicting the American West. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner bidding farewell to your new friends. Overnight: Dallas Marriott Downtown

Friday – April 1, 2022: Depart Dallas

After a leisurely breakfast, we will depart as a group for the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for our journey home.

Register

Total cost: $3499 per person based on double occupancy, all-inclusive.

Single rates available upon request.

For reservations or more information, contact Beth Rackham at AAA Vacations by phone (919) 832-0543 ext. 16012 or by email barackham@aaacarolinas.com.

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.