In a mammoth state whose diverse attractions range from high-brow cosmopolitan culture and boutique city festivals to miles of mountain trails and sun-kissed coastline, the one constant in Texas is its ubiquitous Southern hospitality. Texans are famously friendly and along with warm welcomes, visitors to the US’s second-largest state can count on the melodious tones of the ever-popular country music drifting from a thousand barroom jukeboxes. Now’s the time to book your Lone Star State getaway – with a number of major international airports to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find cheap flights to Texas from the UK.
The shoulder season of March to May is considered the best time to visit Texas, with temperatures dropping from the often-intense summer peaks and many of the state’s festivals – from rodeos to carnivals – taking place around this time. Although flight fares don’t vary hugely throughout the year, the quieter winter and autumn months are the best times to find cheap flights to Texas from the UK. The high-summer period of June to August is the best time to take advantage of the beaches along Texas’ 360 miles of coastline, but it’s also the busiest time to travel with many families taking advantage of school holidays.
Texas’ 268,000 square miles of surface area makes it bigger than most European countries, so it’s no wonder that it’s served by a number of international airports. The largest is Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which is connected by daily direct flights to and from London Heathrow by a variety of airlines such as British Airways, American Airlines and Finnair. You can also make the most of direct flights to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports, offered by carriers including United Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa. From Birmingham Airport, United Airlines also operates a one-stop route to Dallas via Newark Liberty International Airport.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport serves over 60 million passengers each year, and many of these make their way to their destinations via the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail line, which whisks in and out from the centres of both Dallas and Fort Worth for less than US$5. Transport options from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Houston include local bus and shuttle services as well as taxis. William P. Hobby Airport is connected with central Houston by the METRO Bus 40, with a journey time of about an hour.
Texas is a land of social diversity: from the vibrant big cities of Houston and Austin, alive with top-class culture and culinary offerings, to quaint country towns such as Pecos and Round Top that remain true to the state’s roping-and-riding heritage. And the Texan landscape boasts even more incredible variety, from the golden beaches along the Gulf of Mexico to the breathtaking vistas across the canyons and peaks of Big Bend National Park.
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