15-day Texas road trip: Route between Dallas and Houston

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Martí Micolau
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But how did you come up with the idea of ​​taking a trip to Texas? What will there ever be to see? In fact, when I pressed on "book flight", I was quite skeptical too. Then, while I was organizing mine travel itinerary, I realized that there were too many things to see, between cities and natural attractions, so much so that I had to cut a lot to fit everything in the two weeks of vacation!

Il Texas it won me over immediately with its boundless landscapes, the fixation to make everything bigger, the cheerful and relaxed atmosphere and the many live music events. It is a trip that I recommend to those who already know the USA, and want to see something different than the most popular Southwest.



2 useful articles to prepare your trip to Texas
  • What to see in Texas: all the places of interest of the Lone Star State
  • Texas cities: the most interesting to visit

Index

  • Route map
  • September 11: Arrive in Dallas
  • September 12: Visit to Dallas
  • September 13: From Fort Worth to Amarillo
  • September 14: Palo Duro Canyon and Lubbock
  • September 15: Midland, Fort Davis Historic Site and Alpine
  • 16 Settembre: Big Bend National Park
  • September 17: Fort Stockton to Bulverde's Tejas Rodeo 
  • 18 Settembre: Texas Hill Country
  • September 19: Austin to San Antonio 
  • September 20: San Antonio, the Spanish missions and Gruene
  • September 21: Port Aransas
  • September 22: Padre Island National Seashore
  • September 23: Varner-Hogg Plantation and Galveston 
  • September 24: NASA and Houston
  • September 25: Houston

Route map

September 11: Arrive in Dallas

Dallas Dealey Plaza

Our adventure begins with a Milan-Frankfurt flight, and then off to Dallas. Everything runs smoothly and we land in mid-afternoon. We collect, at the Alamo, the largest SUV that our booking allows us (I don't want to make a bad impression on the locals), and we go to the hotel. The flags at half mast remind us that today is not a day like any other, we were so thrilled that we didn't notice.



We arrange the luggage and then immediately have our first dinner at Cheesecake Factory, one of our favorite chains and a must see when in the US.

  • Our hotel: Best Western Cityplace Inn
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September 12: Visit to Dallas

Dallas Downtown

We park in the city center, for the modest sum of $ 7 for the whole day, and immediately start exploring the city.

First step Pioneer Plaza, the park that recalls the times when Dallas was a point of passage for "cattle drives", the large movements of livestock from the farm to the place of sale. There is a large work of art in which the carvings depict a herd of longhorn cattle intent on crossing the river, while the cowboys keep them in ranks.

We stroll through the streets of the center, where old red brick buildings alternate with tall skyscrapers with blue reflections. In the park of the Joule Hotel stands "the Eye”, A gigantic sphere of 10 meters in diameter that represents, as can be guessed, an eye.

We then reach the Perot Museum, the museum of science and technology, which I especially recommend to those traveling with children, because it is very interactive. You can play the little chemist, see dinosaur skeletons, observe the stars. Two hours well spent.

The Eye
Dallas Pioneer Plaza

After lunch we go to the Sixth Floor Museum, which recounts the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The headquarters are in the building from which Harvey Lee Oswald fired the fatal shots. The events are exposed in great detail, together with a review on the life of JFK. Outside, on the street, the point of impact of the bullets is marked with an X on the asphalt.



At sunset we go up to the Reunion tower, the Dallas observation deck. It is certainly not New York, but Downtown still has its own charm, with the sun going down and the lights coming on slowly.

We have dinner at The Rustic, an outdoor venue where they play country music, and we immediately understand that, despite their fame, Texans really like to dance and have fun.

Our guide to Dallas

September 13: From Fort Worth to Amarillo

Fort Worth Stockyards

First we do the usual shopping in view of the on the road: polystyrene fridge, drinks, sandwiches for lunch, and lots of junk food to be consumed on long journeys.

We drive towards Fort Worth, the city of cowboys.

Here we visit the neighborhood Stockyards, the area where livestock auctions are still held. Everything is western-themed, the shops as well as the setting. Here is the famous Billy Bob's Texas, the biggest Hony Tonk in the world (a place where you play and dance country). We visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, where the great George Strait, singer and former Rodeo champion is also mentioned, and then we wait for 11 for the Cattle Drive.

Here there is a small herd of longhorn cattle, about 15, which are taken for a walk around the neighborhood twice a day, to the delight of young and old. A very touristy thing that lasts a quarter of an hour, but fun. The herdsmen are then dressed in perfect cowboy style, with hat, boots and lasso.


Fort Worth Cattle Drive

Just outside of Fort Worth, we take a short break to visit the state mint (Bureau of Engraving and Printing), a free and very interesting visit, even if unfortunately it is strictly forbidden to take photos or videos. About half of the dollars in circulation in the US are printed here.


Our guide to Fort Worth

We have a packed lunch and then we leave, 500 km await us to get to Yellow, a town on Route 66, famous for two things: the hotel restaurant Big Texan, and the Cadillac Ranch, which we'll see tomorrow.

Il Big Texan it's the most tacky and kitschy thing there can be, but it's impossible not to fall in love with it. All western-themed, with an adjoining gift shop and games room. The restaurant serves excellent meat, and in addition it is possible to participate in the challenge of 72 oz steak, the 2 kg steak to eat in an hour, side dishes included.

Big Texan Ranch

The hotel is built like a wild west village, each room is themed and the pool is Texas-shaped. We already had dinner and stayed here in 2012, when we traveled Route 66 in Texas, so tonight we change.

We sleep in a classic roadside motel, and have dinner at Coyote Bluff Café, a restaurant seen on tv serving huge and delicious burgers.

  • Our hotel: Ashmore Inn & Suites
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September 14: Palo Duro Canyon and Lubbock

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We have waffle-based breakfast at the hotel. Yeah, but they're not regular waffles, these are Texas-shaped ... did I mention I love this state?

Let's go see the Cadillac Ranch right away. In practice, these are 10 cadillacs planted in the ground one behind the other, with the nose down. The installation dates back to 1974, and the funny thing is that you can write on the cars with spray cans, which are already on site or can be bought at the supermarket. We too give vent to our artistic vein, and then we leave again towards the south.

Our destination is the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. In breadth, it is second only to the Grand Canyon, and its red rocks are reminiscent of the views of Utah. The area is notoriously dry and hot, but we come here on a cold rainy day.

Given the unfavorable climate and the limited time available, we choose a single trail, the one that seems most representative to us. The Lighthouse trail it is 9,5 km long, and crosses a large part of the canyon between high pinnacles, dry rivers and a vegetation of low bushes, up to the rock formation known as Lighthouse, the lighthouse.

The last stretch is almost vertical, you need to climb with the help of your hands. Along the way we also see a couple of roadrunners, the famous cartoon "beep-beep". We end the visit of the park with a scenic drive, and then we get back into the car.

We arrive at Lubbock around 17pm. This nondescript West Texas town is the hometown of Buddy holly, rockabilly artist who died at the age of 23 in a plane crash. Despite a very short career, his talent has inspired songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, and he is considered the father of rock n roll. The unfortunate singer is remembered with a statue and a small museum in the center.

Buddy Holly statue

Lubbock is an ugly town, but it has a university, and many western-themed museums, such as the Prairie Dog Town and National Ranching Heritage Center. We don't have time to see it all.

Texas is there bbq homeland, in particular of the brisket, the brisket of beef flavored with a mixture of spices and cooked slowly on the grill. And where can we eat an amazing brisket? From Rudy's, a widespread range in the southwest.

The place is the way I like it: spartan service, plastic cutlery and placemats, little appearance and a lot of substance. The brisket is delicious, but pulled pork and desserts are just as good. Plus, there is a large selection of ice cold beers.

  • Our hotel: Sleep Inn & Suites
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September 15: Midland, Fort Davis Historic Site and Alpine

Fort Davis

We start from Lubbock heading south, in region of oil wells, the wealth of Texas. Suffice it to say that here gasoline costs less than $ 2 per gallon, equivalent to € 0,50 per liter. Driving through endless expanses of drills and wells, we arrive at our first goal, Midland. Here we visit the home of the Bushes.

Then we go to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, an interesting and well done museum on oil extraction. There is also a section also dedicated to sustainable energies. Everything is explained interactively, with practical examples, experiments and plastic installations.

We set off again, crossing green plateaus up to Fort Davis Historic Site. Nestled in the mountains, this military outpost was used in the 800th century to guard the passage of people, livestock and goods along the road that connected San Antonio and El Paso. The site is well preserved and you can visit the main structures: the officers' houses, the grocery store, the hospital, the stables.

The village of Fort Davis, on the other hand, is a small cluster of quiet houses isolated from the world. We stop at the drug store, in perfect 50s style, where a tender elderly gentleman serves us a tasty homemade ice cream. We continue towards Alpine, first passing by the very strange Prada Store in Marfa, a fake Prada store in the middle of nowhere.

Alpine is a university town, there isn't much to see except a few craft shops. We stay here two nights, because tomorrow we will visit the Big bend national park. Pizza dinner al Guzzi Up.

  • Our lodging: Quality Inn
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16 Settembre: Big Bend National Park

Window

The sun seems to never rise today. We're on the Texas time zone, but close to New Mexico, so we're actually an hour behind. We leave even before dawn, the park is almost 200 km away and we want to see as much as possible while there is still a human temperature.

Big Bend is one of the most remote national parks in the United States, as big as the Aosta Valley. It is on the border with Mexico, where the mythical flows Rio Grande seen in so many Western movies. It is divided into three macro-areas: a desert area, river canyons, and a mountainous area. The climate is hot and, upon our arrival, it is already almost 30 degrees. The abundant rains of the past few weeks, however, give us a beautiful green landscape.

We descend to the border at Boquillas del Canyon for our first trail. The path is 2 km long, but at the beginning you have to go over the hill to go down into the canyon, and in this heat it is quite tiring.

The Rio Grande flows placidly between high sheer rock walls. The other side of the river is in Mexico, in fact several Mexicans cross it by boat to sell some small objects to tourists in American territory. We go back up with not a few difficulties, we are already sweaty and, stupidly, we have not brought the gear.

Santa Elena Canyon
Canyon nozzles
Chisos Mountains
Desert area

At this point we would like to visit the hot springs, of the thermal springs where it is possible to swim, but passers-by tell us that they are unusable due to the unusual rains I mentioned earlier.

We then move to the mountain area, al Chisos Basin, where there is a much more acceptable temperature. We do a couple of simple trails between mountain landscapes, and admire the view on the Window, the point where the mountains meet creating a V-shaped window, with a view over the valley and the boundless desert.

We go back down to the desert area of ​​the park, along the panoramic road Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. We just admire the landscape from the coolness of our car, it's too hot and we can't risk going into the trails. The landscape is very varied, in front of us the rocky desert extends, behind us the Chisos Mountains, while at the bottom we see the Rio Grande canyon.

The last stop is the Santa Elena Canyon, similar to the Boquilla canyon but even more majestic. A long and very high wall appears before us, an immense rocky ridge across the river, which marks the border with Mexico. We leave the park, and go back to Alpine. It is now so late that the restaurants are all closed, and we have to make do with Sonic's take away.

Our guide to Big Bend Park in Texas

17 September: from Fort Stockton al Tejas Rodeo di Bulverde 

We leave Alpine and head to Fort Stockton, where we visit theHistoric District, with some interesting buildings dating back to when the city was a crossing point for trade routes. There are all the ingredients of the western village: the inn, the bank, the courthouse and the prison. Historic buildings are now surrounded by modern structures, but you can get an idea of ​​how the city was structured in those days.

We spend the rest of the day in the car, headed to the Texas hill country. The road is long and boring and there is absolutely nothing, so much so that we almost run out of petrol.

We stop right at Kerrville to shop at a country shop, and after freshening up at the hotel, we head to what is the real attraction of the day, the Roof tiles Rodeo di Bulverde.

The rodeo takes place every Saturday from March to November, in a splendid country-western themed context, with stalls, food stands and the mechanical bull. I find it a bit similar to our village festivals. We have a brisket-based dinner early, and we get into a position to watch the rodeo.

The show lasts an hour and a half and is a lot of fun, there are several performances, including of course the bull riding. But the great thing is, it's not your usual tourist rodeo. We are among the very few foreigners, for the rest they are all local people and many young people. This is their way of spending Saturday nights.

Once the rodeo is over, the country party begins, with live music and lots of dancing. This evening wins hands down the award for best evening of the holiday.

  • Our hotel: Best Western Boerne Inn & Suites
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18 Settembre: Texas Hill Country

Boerne

We are in the Texas hill country, the region that we could define as the "Tuscany of Texas" because the villages are scattered among green hills. In addition, wine is produced here and sweet peaches are grown. For me, the most beautiful area in the state.

First we visit Boerne, the city where we stayed. A quiet and pretty village, of German origin like many other cities in the region, with a beautiful riverfront and a Main Street lined with colorful buildings and arcades decorated with plants, wooden benches and rocking chairs.

Comfort

We quickly pass even from lowercase Comfort, and then we go sent to theEnchanted Rock. It is a state park, the attraction of which is a huge monolith of pink granite that comes out of the hills, a kind of small Ayers Rock.

There are several paths, we go a bit at random, jumping from one path to another to see a bit of everything. We go around the big boulder, then we take a narrow passage between the rocks, and climbing a little we arrive at the top, with a beautiful 360 ° panorama over the whole area.

Enchanted Rock

It is already time for lunch, and we move on to Fredericksburg, the capital of the Hill Country, a town always of Germanic origin. In fact, we eat in a German restaurant based on Wienerschnitzel, which here however is called "country steak", and then take a walk on Main Street, similar to that of Boerne. There is also a nice Christmas decoration shop, a bit expensive but quaint. There would also be a museum about the Second World War, but as usual we don't have time to visit it.

Instead, let's head for the lowercase Luckenbach, a fraction of Fredericksburg with 3 permanent inhabitants. Let's say that more than a country, it is a location for events, similar to the structure of the rodeo. We are very lucky, there is a free concert, and a kind of harleys gathering. We love it so much that we spend all afternoon here, skipping the rest of the schedule (we should have visited the ranch di Lyndon Johnson and Hamilton Pool).

Luckenbach

Finally we arrive in Austin, the state capital. Before dinner, let's go to the Congress Bridge to see the famous bat colony that lives under the bridge and comes out at sunset to feed. We are not very lucky, by the time they leave it is pitch dark, and you can't see anything. The best time is June, when the days are so long that the bats wake up hungry before sunset.

We have dinner with a good hamburger a SoCo, the nightlife district, but after dinner we go straight to bed. There are many live music venues, but we have already filled up for today.

  • Our hotel: Hampton Inn Austin North
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September 19: Austin to San Antonio 

Austin, 6th Street

Let's start the Austin tour from the grandiose Capitol, in pink granite. It is said that everything is bigger in Texas, and indeed this is it the largest capitol of all states, second only to the Washington DC Capitol.

The building reflects all the Texan pride and pride, especially in the large central space with the portraits of the governors, dominated by the large dome. At the center of the dome we find the "lonely star”Symbol of the state.

So let's take a tour of the center in the area around the 6th street, the other street of clubs and nightlife, between old buildings and new skyscrapers. We really like what we see, it's a shame we only spent one night in Austin.

Austin Capitol
Austin Capitol Interior
Saltlick BBQ

In fact, we must already leave. We return to the Hill Country to go for lunch at an iconic restaurant, the Saltlick BBQ di Driftwood. It is a carnivore's paradise, obviously the menu is all based on meat: sausages, pulled pork, brisket and ribs.

Our guide to Austin

We arrive in San Antonio, where we have booked a hotel near the center with a parking space. We can therefore move on foot, a good fortune given the parking prices.

Let's start from Cathedral, dedicated to Sant'Antonio da Padova, and then we go straight to the famous one Riverwalk. It is a pedestrian promenade along the San Antonio River, in Mexican style with the lights hanging from the trees and the colorful umbrellas.

Riverwalk
San Antonio Cathedral
Riverwalk

It is an area mainly aimed at tourists, full of restaurants, bars and shops, very lively. It is also possible to take a boat ride along the river. The beauty is that we are below street level, away from the traffic and noise of everyday life.

We would like to try a Mexican restaurant, but it's too hot and humid to think about having dinner. We are therefore "satisfied" with an ice cream of Ghirardelli, which we enjoy by the river.

  • Our hotel: La Quinta Home & suites Market Square
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September 20: San Antonio, the Spanish missions and Gruene

Alamo

First we go to visit the Alamo mission, famous for the bloody battle of 1836, in which a handful of 200 Texans bravely faced the Mexican army of Santa Anna. Their ferocious extermination was the fuse that ignited the revolution, which culminated in the victory of Goliad, which led toindependence of Texas. The site is small but very interesting, with many information panels and explanations of the battle.

Our guide to San Antonio

We leave San Antonio to go and discover the Spanish missions around the city. There are 5 in all, including the Alamo. They date back to the 700s and had two functions: the first was to colonize and convert the natives, the second was to offer shelter to pilgrims.

We start the tour from the biggest and most important one, the Mission San Josè, a small community where life revolved around the church. It is surrounded by walls and included the mill, a granary, and dwellings for soldiers, natives and missionaries.

Sword Mission
Mission San Josè

Let's move on to the mission San Juan Capistrano, where you can also see the remains of the homes of the natives and a mill, and then to the Sword Mission, small but lovely. It is immersed in a luxuriant park, a bucolic picture in which it appears as if suspended in time. The last is the Mission Conception, the closest to San Antonio and surrounded by tall palm trees.

We go back to the hotel to cool off in the pool (which is actually a broth), and then we take the car to go to Gruene, another small town in the Hill Country. It is very nice, there are many shops, including grocery stores that look like they are left from the 50s, country and hunting / fishing clothing, souvenirs, antiques and gastronomy. We take the opportunity to do some shopping.

Gruene

After dinner we go to the Gruene Dance Hall, the real reason we're here. It is a historic ballroom where there is live music every night, and we can dance to our beloved country. I didn't think I would find so many clubs, and so many live music evenings, even during the week. Texas is indeed a very happy and partying state.

21 September: Port Aransas

Port Aransas

We say goodbye to San Antonio and leave for the Gulf coast. We are headed to Port Aransas, a quiet seaside resort close to Corpus Christi. The goal is to relax by the sea for a couple of days.

As soon as we arrive, we immediately go to the beach. The coast is immense, of golden sand and, what never seen before, you can reach the seafront directly by car. The sea ​​of ​​the Gulf of Mexico, here, it vaguely resembles our Adriatic. The water is warm, calm and not deep.

We throw ourselves in for a swim but, alas, we have a nasty surprise: it's full of jellyfish, it's impossible to stay here. We just have to go back to the hotel, and content ourselves with spending the afternoon in the pool.

Before dinner we go out to see what it has to offer Port Aransas. Not much, actually, just beach and souvenir shops. The beauty is, however, that these shops are huge, and obviously very kitsch, so we still have fun turning them around to browse the bizarre items on sale.

We go to the beach to enjoy the sunset, and then Mexican dinner at the excellent restaurant The beach.

  • Our accommodation: Best Western
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22 September: Padre island national seashore

Padre island national seashore

Considering that the sea option is to be discarded, we decide to visit the Padre island national seashore. It is part of theNPS, and it is a protected natural reserve, a 100 km long strip of sand, dunes and marshes, up to the border with Mexico.

The first part, 15 miles, is accessible to everyone, while the rest of the route requires a 4 × 4, because the sand is very high.

At the Visitor Center they give us some information about the park. Thus we discover that, due to the currents, a large amount of garbage is poured on these coasts. We therefore gladly participate in the park's initiative to have tourists collect a bit of waste. We get two plastic bags and off we go.

There are no tourist facilities and it is very wild. The locals come here to fish, we meet a young couple and he shows us the catch of the day, three big fish that I don't recognize.

The internal part of the park overlooks a lagoon, a kind of bayou like in New Orleans. We make a short trail through the scrub and then we go back.

We spend a relaxing afternoon in the pool again, and for dinner we choose theIries Island Seafood, a very simple family-run restaurant. I eat good Po' boy (fried shrimp sandwich), and my husband what he still defines today the best burger of his life. It is really true that you shouldn't judge the book by its cover.

September 23: Varner-Hogg Plantation and Galveston 

Varner Hogg Plantation

We leave for Galveston, but first we stop at Varner-Hogg Plantation, one of the few plantations in Texas.

Surely it is not like those of Louisiana, it is much smaller, but it has a beautiful garden and is well-kept in detail, from the flowery arcades to the Spanish moss that covers the larger trees. The house has an interesting feature, namely the internal kitchen. This is no small detail, considering that the houses of those times all had a separate kitchen, outside the house.

Unfortunately, nothing remains of the slave dwellings, the site was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900, and rebuilt later.

To reach Galveston we take the coastal road, where we see a large number of stilt houses, supported by very high wooden poles, which are used to cope with the frequent storm surges.

Galveston Downtown
Ocean Star platform

Galveston became rich during the Prohibition thanks to casinos and other more or less legal activities. Today it is known for its carnival, but unfortunately it is also an unfortunate city, often a victim of hurricanes. For this reason it has no longer been able to recover its ancient splendor, and today it has a sometimes neglected and decadent appearance.

It happens to see, side by side, a luxurious villa and a dilapidated house. Those who have the economic means renovate, those who cannot leave the city.

First we visit the Ocean Star oil rig, decommissioned in 1997. Today it is a very interesting museum on offshore oil extraction, always with interactive installations as it is in the American style.

Let's take a ride downtown, which is reminiscent of other southern cities like New Orleans, but less beautiful. We have an ice cream in a nice candy shop, where they also do demonstrations of fudge production, and then we move on to theEast End, the rich neighborhood. Here are beautiful Victorian villas with wrought-iron balconies and elegant gardens, as well as the 1894 Opera House the Grand.

For dinner we try a typical dish from the south, the gumbo (fish stew with rice and okra) from Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar.

After dinner we try to go to the Pier, the famous pier with the rides, but we give up because you have to pay not only to get on the rides, but also to access the pier itself. We limit ourselves to night photos from the beach.

  • Our accommodation: Americas Best Value Inn (closed)
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September 24: NASA and Houston

Houston NASA Control Room

Last full day of vacation. We leave Galveston, which we didn't like very much, and go straight to the Johnson Space Center di Houston, or the headquarters NASA.

Missions started and departed from Cape Canaveral, but this is where the operational command center is located in Houston. The reason is simple: the headquarters of Houston it was commissioned by Texan President Johnson, who wanted the space agency to have an office in his state.

Let's take the guided tour of the station right away, it's Saturday and we want to avoid the crowds. The main attraction is the old one Control Mission Center, from which the Apollo missions were operated, including the one that took man to the moon.

We then visit the Rocket Park, an area where some huge rockets are exhibited. The largest exhibition space is dedicated to Saturn 5, also used for lunar missions. Along the walls of the structure there are panels bearing the most famous quotes from astronauts. Obviously, "this is a small step for man, a big step for humanity" and "Houston, we have a problem" cannot be missing.

NASA ISS model

The decision to take the first tour of the day turns out to be a winner. As soon as we return, a strong storm breaks out, and all outdoor activities are suspended until early afternoon. Instead, we have plenty of time to explore the various sections of the museum, where various relics are exhibited. The most interesting part, for us, is the one on the International Space Station and life in space. In addition to this there is an entire area dedicated to the moon landing, where it is also possible to see a piece of the moon.

My guide on visiting NASA

We leave NASA and head to Houston, our final destination. It takes us a long time to arrive, the traffic is very intense despite being Saturday. It's a little reminiscent of Los Angeles.

Let's have the last dinner of the holiday at the mythical Cheesecake Factory, and then we dedicate ourselves to packing everything we bought on this trip.

  • Our lodging: La Quinta Inn and Suites Houston Galleria
  • All Houston accommodations

September 25: Houston

Houston City Hall

The flight will be in the afternoon, we still have half a day to visit Houston.

Let's start from the center, the area around Market Street. It's Sunday and we are the only people around on foot, indeed, we are the only ones around.

We pass by Main Street, which is not bad, then we go through the financial district to Tranquility Park, where the imposing town hall stands out. Finally, let's go to the neighbor Sam Houston Park, an area of ​​historical interest. The old buildings look tiny next to the tall skyscrapers, which almost seem to crush them.

We conclude with a very quick bet on Museum District, which is really a shame not to have visited calmly. Here are several museums, the zoo, and a huge park with a Japanese garden, ponds and fountains. In hindsight, I would have spent more time in Houston, although with just two weeks it would have been difficult anyway.

Museum District

Our guide to Houston

We arrive at the airport, leave the car and do all the control procedures. Time passes and there is no sign of embarking. After several delay announcements, the communication arrives that our flight to Munich is canceled.

So they book me another flight for the next day, but to New York, from which we will then reach Milan. They also give us vouchers for dinner and sleep, plus a bathroom kit, since our suitcases are now gone.

The next morning we present ourselves immediately at the gate, and await the flight to New York. We board, and the plane begins the taxiing phase. Unbelievable but true, just before take off they tell us a brake problem, we have to go back to the gate and find us (again) another flight!

Elbowing and arguing with whomever I get to the counter first, where, amidst curses and threats, I manage to get me on another flight to New York, which leaves after just 20 minutes.

We arrive at the gate like centometrists and, devastated, we finally manage to embark and get to the Big Apple, and finally home. The suitcases will arrive a few days later, for some obscure reason from the Frankfurt airport.

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