the biggest state in the continental U.S., Texas is committed
to making everything within its borders bigger and better — so
get ready for a good time. From the Alamo and the Riverwalk
in San Antonio, to the bustling big cities of Dallas and Houston,
Texas offers world-renowned resorts, fine dining and luxurious
A CAPITAL RETREAT 72 Hours in Austin Somewhere between its mantra "Keep Austin Weird" and its solid reputation as "The Live Music Capital of the World," the state capitol of Texas — once a laid-back college town — became the Southwest's hippest city.
JUST DO IT Business Travel Guide: Dallas Sophisticated and a little bit cowboy at the same time, Dallas has all the glamour, energy and excitement of any major city. The resurrection of downtown and the nearby neighborhoods of Uptown and Victory Park have helped to rank the city as one of the top convention destinations in the country.
FUN IN BIG D 72
Hours in Dallas There's
more to Dallas than cowboys and "Who shot J.R.?"
This town deep in the heart of Texas has evolved into
a modern cosmopolitan city that still retains plenty
of Texan quirks.
TO THE WINE TRAIL Texas
Hill Country The gateway to the Hill Country Wine Trail is a small
town called Fredericksburg, equidistant from San Antonio
or Austin. It's the Texas you expect: pastoral, historical
and genuinely hospitable. What's unexpected is
its unique German flavor, rooted deep as a Texas oak.
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ENERGY HOUSTON 72-Hour
well-recorded horizon is a shimmering vision of progress
that towers over the historic remnants of the Bayou
City's humble beginnings. Just outside of urban areas,
however, the local landscape is bathed in vivid colors,
thanks to a tropical climate.
TOP 10 BRUNCH HOTELS 17 Restaurant at The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton 17's three-course Sunday brunch is deceptively simple. Opening options include rock shrimp tacos spiced with cucumber salsa, which can be followed by duck hash. Dessert poses a happy dilemma: your choice of crème caramel, sticky toffee pudding with ginger ice cream or banana ice box pie with hot fudge.
CITY DIGS Hotel
Derek In a city known for corporate
meetings run by cowboy boot-clad executives — as
well as for an opulent style dictated by Enron-esque
incomes — Hotel Derek stands out. First, there is
the premise. Designer Dayna Lee, of Sting concert and
Kevin Costner film fame, fashioned the hotel's style
out of the whims and tastes of a fictitious, aging rock
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THE ALAMO Hotel
feature: La Mansion del Rio Prior to becoming a state, Texas was a republic. Today
the Daughters of the Republic care for historical landmarks,
and their number one priority is the Alamo. Home to
the historic Alamo, San Antonio is one of the most charming
places to experience the Lone Star State's colorful
72-HOUR VACATION San Antonio Follow the historic trail of the Spanish missionaries and explore this charming
city, which beautifully marries the rich cultures
of Indians, Old Mexico, German immigrants, the Wild
West, African-Americans, and the Deep South.
TOP 10 VALUE HOTELS WORLDWIDE The Tremont House A four-story atrium, ironwork balconies and bridges, and birdcage elevators lend to the Victorian ambiance at this Galveston Island hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Strand Historic District, Tremont House is just minutes from scores of shops, galleries, restaurants and historic attractions.
STAR LUXURY Texas's
Top Spas Texas
is more than cowboys, barbecue and tumbleweeds —
the Lone Star State takes its spas as seriously as its
football. Well ... almost. Whether you're heading to Dallas,
Irving, Houston or Austin, you'll find some of the world's
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