Flights to Texas
The state of Texas is situated in South Central United States, and is the second largest state in the country, behind Alaska, and has the second largest population, behind California. Many tourists may think of Texas as deserts and oil fields, and while these do exist, the state actually has plenty more to offer too!
Although Texas has many airports, most flights to Texas from South Africa will land in one of two major airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (airport code: DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (airport code: IAH) situated in Houston. Travellers will fly to Texas with indirect flights requiring at least one stop. South African Airways, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France, and Delta Air Lines are among the airlines that provide one stop flights to Texas from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions in Texas:
Texas is a larger than life state! Everything here seems to be huge, and if you’re planning to make the most of what Texas has to offer you’ll definitely want to rent a car, and you’ll need to spend several weeks here, just to touch on the iceberg. To start with there are the cities – Texas has many major cities, though the three of the most popular are Dallas, Houston and Austin.
The capital city of Texas is Austin. The huge State Capitol Building dominates the Austin skyline. This is in fact the largest state capitol building in the USA, and when it was built in 1885 it was said to be the seventh largest building in the world.
Austin is a fun and friendly city, often rated amongst the top best big cities in the country, and is nicknamed ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. If you enjoy live music this is the place to come! Other attractions include the University of Texas at Austin which features museums as well as the University of Texas Tower.
Houston is the largest city in Texas, and the fourth largest in the United States. This means there are countless things to keep you occupied by both day and night. Highlights include Chase Tower Observatory – the tallest building in Texas; Space Center Houston; Hermann Park, which contains Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and more.
Dallas is one of the most popular destinations in Texas. This is again a huge city, with lots to do. Shopping is particularly popular here due to the high number of shopping malls, so this could be considered a shopper’s paradise!
Many different attractions include the Sixth Floor Museum – a museum based within the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot JFK. Dallas Zoo features over 8000 animals, whilst Dallas World Aquarium features an aquarium plus rainforest and more animal species. If you’re visiting during American Football season, you’ll find Dallas goes even more mad for the Dallas Cowboys, and if you’re here in the autumn, the State Fair is quite a spectacle!
Texas has two National Parks as well as several national sites. Big Bend National Park sits at the border between the USA and Mexico, whilst Guadalupe Mountains National Park is close to the neighbouring state of New Mexico. You can also visit the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park, the Alamo in San Antonio, and Fort Davis National Historic Site.
When Should You Visit?:
Being such a large state, Texas can experience several different climates. The mountains receive snow in the winter, whilst Northern Texas is within Tornado Alley and the state has the highest number of tornadoes per year, mainly occurring from April to June. Generally Texas is known for being hot in the summer – Austin, for example, has August as its hottest month with average highs of 36C (96F). Winters are mild in Austin – the average high in January is 16C (60F).