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From the warm waters of the Gulf Coast to the refreshing rivers of the Hill Country, Texas boasts an enticing array of landscapes to explore. Grand adventures await, including a plethora of outdoor recreational activities ranging from swimming to hiking, mountain climbing to biking, and not to mention a world-famous live music scene! Vast cuisine options are to be savored, from iconic Tex-Mex dishes to authentic flavors from old Mexico. Whether you want to explore the region's rich history, experience its diverse cultural offerings, or dine at nationally acclaimed restaurants, the Lone Star State rewards every kind of traveler.


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Texas is located within the south-central region of the United States and is the second-largest state in the country by both area and population. Although it is commonly associated with southwestern deserts, Texas offers a wide array of diverse landscapes. With much of the land made up of forests, grasslands, prairies, and the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, it may be surprising to learn that only a small percentage of Texas’s land is in fact desert.

When it comes to music, it is the birthplace of numerous musicians, and host to a lively country music culture, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only genre you’ll hear – styles range from rock ‘n roll to blues, and beyond. Texas is also home to world-famous festivals, as well as some lesser-known gems that make a trip to Texas well-worth planning.

Historically speaking, it marks the place of the arrival of the first Spanish conquistadors in the region of North America. Which makes it rich with history and heritage and helps explain how Tex-Mex cuisine was born. Tex-Mex is an American cuisine derived from the culinary arts of the Tejano people of Texas, and incorporates ingredients commonly used in Mexican cuisine with some that are not often used.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official website at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling, please provide the appropriate travel documents for the trip. Review required documents here, https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/children-travel.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or https://travel.gc.ca for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official website at https://travel.gc.ca.

Average Celsius Temperature:
  • December through February: 17° to 18° (Winter)
  • March through May: 23° to 30° (Spring)
  • June through August: 33° to 36° (Summer)
  • September through November: 32° to 22° (Autumn)

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Central Time Zone

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.