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You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go-they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

Let Frommer's guide you through the sophisticated cities, glorious beaches, rolling hills, and dusty plains of Texas. Frommer's offers up-to-date coverage of all the Lone Star state's highlights -- hot music scenes, world-class museums, excellent bird watching, hiking in national parks, cafes, honky-tonks, small towns, sprawling cities, wineries, surf 'n' sand, and more. Inside you'll find candid, detailed reviews of the very best dining and accommodations; insider tips on shopping; information on Texas history and culture; and a "gloss'ry" to teach you how to talk like a Texan. We offer a wealth of sightseeing tips, outdoor recreation advice, and special moments--from highlights for the first-time visitor to off-the-beaten-track discoveries that will impress even the most seasoned traveler.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. Your guide to a world of travel experience. Choose the Only Guide That GivesYou:
*Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
*Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
*Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
*The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.
*The expert guidance you need to take charge and travel with confidence.Great trips begin at
*Book flights, hotels, and rental cars.
*Get free updates on attractions and prices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764562235
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baird is a writer, editor, and translator based in Austin, Texas.

Eric Peterson lives in Denver, Colorado, and writes about all sorts of subjects, including but not limited to travel, business, politics, music, skiing, and environmental issues. He is the author of several Frommer’s guides and Ramble Texas (Fulcrum Books, 2010). Peterson's byline has appeared in such publications as the New York Daily News, High Country News, Westwood, and ColoradoBiz.

Neil E. Schlecht was reared in North Dallas. He attended Plano Senior High School, returned for graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, and married a fellow Texan. Now living in northwestern Connecticut, he is the author and co-author of more than a dozen travel guides, including Frommer’s Peru, and is the author and photographer of Buenos Aires Day by Day and Mallorca & Menorca Day by Day. His Texas heroes are Ann Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps     vii
What's New in Texas     1
The Best of Texas   David Baird   Eric Peterson   Neil E. Schlecht     7
The Best Luxury & Historic Hotels     8
The Best Bed & Breakfasts & Boutique Hotels     10
The Best Hotel Bargains     11
The Best Restaurants     12
The Best Texan Dining     13
The Best Lone Star Experiences     15
The Best Museums     15
The Best Shopping     17
The Best Places for Boot-Scootin'     18
The Best of Natural Texas     19
The Best Historical Attractions     20
The Best Family Adventures     21
The Best of Texas Online     22
Planning Your Trip to Texas   Neil E. Schlecht     24
The Regions in Brief     24
Visitor Information     28
Entry Requirements & Customs     28
Money     30
When to Go     31
Texas Calendar of Events     32
Travel Insurance     35
Health & Safety     37
Specialized Travel Resources     38
Planning Your Trip Online     42 The Complete Travel Resource     43
The 21st-Century Traveler     43
Getting There     44
Package Deals for Independent Travelers     45
Escorted General-Interest Tours     46
Special-Interest Trips     46
Getting Around Texas     48
Tips on Accommodations     51
Texas: Gateway to Mexico     52
Recommended Books, Films & Music     54
Fast Facts: Texas     56
Suggested Itineraries in Texas     63
Texas in 1 Week     63
Texas in 2 Weeks     65
Texas for Families     66
Exploring the Texas-Mexico Border     68
Dallas-Fort Worth   Neil E. Schlecht     70
Orientation     70
Dallas     73
The Neighborhoods in Brief     75
Fast Facts: Dallas     80
Family-Friendly Hotels in DFW     87
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Dallas     95
Dinner & a Movie Deal     96
Picnic Places     99
Downtown Dallas's Outdoor Sculpture     103
Arlington     118
Fort Worth     119
Grapevine      120
The Neighborhoods in Brief     121
Fast Facts: Fort Worth     122
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Fort Worth     133
Christmas in the Stockyards     137
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad     140
Houston & East Texas   David Baird     151
Orientation     152
The Neighborhoods in Brief     155
Getting Around     161
Fast Facts: Houston     162
Where to Stay     163
Family-Friendly Hotels     172
Where to Dine     174
Fast Food a la Houston     177
Family-Friendly Restaurants     181
Seeing the Sights     184
Sports & Outdoor Activities     193
Shopping     194
Houston After Dark     196
Side Trips to East Texas     200
Race Relations in East Texas     202
Texas State Railroad State Park     204
The Texas Gulf Coast   David Baird     206
Galveston     206
The Storm     208
Brazosport     213
Birding along the Texas Coast     215
Texas's Most Deserted Beach     218
Corpus Christi      218
Rockport     225
Whooping Cranes: Back from the Brink of Extinction     226
Port Aransas     230
Padre Island National Seashore     233
The Race to Save the Sea Turtles     235
South Padre Island     237
Face to Face with a Sea Turtle     242
San Antonio   David Baird     246
Orientation     247
The Neighborhoods in Brief     249
Getting Around     251
Fast Facts: San Antonio     252
Where to Stay     253
Family-Friendly Hotels     262
Where to Dine     266
Family-Friendly Restaurants     271
Local Favorites: Tacquerias     272
Seeing the Sights     273
Sports & Outdoor Activities     280
Shopping     281
San Antonio After Dark     283
Conjunto: An American Classic     286
Hill Country Side Trips from San Antonio     288
A Taste of Alsace in Texas     289
Austin   David Baird     292
Orientation     292
The Neighborhoods in Brief     294
Getting Around     296
Fast Facts: Austin     297
Where to Stay     298
It Pays to Stay     306
Family-Friendly Hotels     308
Where to Dine     309
Family-Friendly Restaurants     315
Seeing the Sights     318
Going Batty     319
Staying Active     324
Shopping     326
Austin After Dark     328
Hill Country Side Trips from Austin     332
West Texas   Eric Peterson     338
El Paso     338
Fast Facts: El Paso     343
El Paso's Alligator Art     345
The Copper Canyon     357
Small Towns of Central West Texas     358
A Side Trip to Candelaria     361
Marfa's Mystery Lights     363
Gallery Hopping in the Big Bend     365
Midland-Odessa     366
Midland's Famous Son, George     368
San Angelo     371
Del Rio & Amistad National Recreation Area     377
The Legend of Roy Bean     380
Big Bend & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks   Eric Peterson     385
Big Bend National Park     385
Guadalupe Mountains National Park      398
A Side Trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park     404
The Panhandle Plains   Eric Peterson     412
Amarillo     412
Unanticipated Rewards     418
Canyon & Palo Duro Canyon State Park     424
Old Route 66     426
Lubbock     429
A Different Kind of Texas Tea     433
Texas in Depth   Neil E. Schlecht     439
History 101     439
Dateline     440
Talk Like a Texan     443
Texan Style     444
Texan Music     446
Texan Cuisine     448
Larger Than Life: Famous Texans     450
Index     452
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