Authentic Texas Cowboy Experience
Texas has a long and strong history with cowboy culture. Visitors seeking a true cowboy experience in Texas can choose between a weekend stay at a dude ranch, a rodeo visit, or shopping for the ideal pair of cowboy boots. Here are some terrific cowboy-themed vacation suggestions.
Visit the Cowboy Capital of the World
Bandera, Texas, a little town set in the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country, is known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World," a reference to its strategic location during the last great cattle drives of the nineteenth century. You can book a stay at one of the town's many dude ranches, such as Mayan Dude Ranch, Dixie Dude Ranch, and Rancho Cortez, and enjoy modest bunkhouse lodgings, trail rides, and mess hall-style dinners, all of which are indicated by a dinner bell.
BanderaBandera, TX 78003, USA
Go to a Rodeo
Is this your very first time? Don't worry: Texans will gladly indoctrinate you. Rodeos are hosted in Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, Austin, and other cities around the state from January to March, and typically include excellent entertainment lineups that include concerts and children's activities in addition to traditional livestock exhibitions and rodeo events.
NRG Arena1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054, USA
Grab some breakfast with the ranchers
Cowboys may still be found all over Texas, and you can get a taste of the lifestyle at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera. You can enjoy a quaint western themed cottages and a modern swimming pool for a Texas Hill Country retreat with its picturesque vistas and kind welcome. An early morning trail ride to the cowboy breakfast is as genuine as it gets. A couple of friendly ranchers make eggs, bacon, sausage, and excellent biscuits and gravy over an open fire. You might hear some memorable cowboy folk songs if you're lucky.
Get yourself a hat—and boots
If you're visiting Texas for the first time, you might as well leave with some. Many handcrafted hats and boots are still created in Texas, from Catalena Hatters in Bryan's custom-fit cowboy hats to El Paso's elegant, hand-stitched Lucchese cowboy boots. These things are available in stores around the state, and they may also be ordered online.
Walk with the herd in Fort Worth
At the Fort Worth Stockyards, see a historic cattle drive. This is a must-see if you're in Texas, and it's held every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This event, which is part of the Chisholm Trail, reflects Western tradition. Explore the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District after the cattle drive and get a bite to eat with a cowboy flair. At Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky tonk, visitors may buy cowboy trinkets and dance the night away.