Join the cities with Giovanna Silva
Day 1: Austin
Hot Air Ballooning is our passion. Let us launch you into the majestic world of hot air ballooning. Experience the sheer joy of the oldest and most romantic form of aviation in the world. The incredible feeling of time suspended as the world drifts quietly below you. It's something you will never forget.
Day 2: Bonham
Lake Bonham Recreation Area has to offer or, spend the day shopping at Trades Day.
The Sam Rayburn House and Library are open daily during the summer or enjoy a stroll through the Fannin County History Museum.
You can do activities include swimming and fishing in the man-made lake, built in 1935, as well as camping, picnicking, mountain biking and boating. If you plan to swim at the park.
Day 3: Wichita Falls
The City of Wichita Falls, TX is comfortably nestled in the North East corner of the Panhandle/Plains area of North Texas. Wichita Falls is an economically progressive city, home to commerce and industry with worldwide interests.
By most accounts, Wichita Falls can be summed up in two words - pleasant and comfortable. This is a family-oriented city conveniently located within two hours of major metropolitan areas: Dallas/Ft. Worth and Oklahoma City. Wichita Falls is linked to major cities in the region by Interstate 44, US Highways 82, 281, 277, 287 and Texas State Route 79. Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 107,000, is the county seat of Wichita County and is considered the population hub of North Texas. Thousands of additional people outside Wichita Falls commute into the city daily for work, shopping and entertainment.
Day 4: Quanah
History: Quanah was organized in 1884 as a stop on the Fort Worth and Denver Railway. The city is named for Quanah Parker.
The courthouse, constructed in 1908, anchors what is now the historic downtown district. The courthouse in Quanah, named after the last Commache chief, is engraved. The courthouse was financed by a bond election approved by voters in 1906. The project architect was R.H. Stuckey of Chillicothe, Texas.
Day 5: El Paso
For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”).
Visitors today marvel at the imagery left by those ancient people.
At Hueco Tanks, you can hike, rock climb, bird watch, study nature and history, picnic and stargaze. Visitors can take guided and self-guided tours to view rock imagery.
Day 6: Presidio
Presidio is a city in Presidio County, Texas, United States. Presidio means garrison or fort in Spanish, which is what the town of Presidio originally was in colonial times. Presidio is located near the confluence of the Rio Conchos and the Rio Grande.
Presidio, Texas was established in 1683 A.D. but has been inhabited since 1500 B.C. The population was 4,167 at the 2000 census, and had increased to 5,106 as of the 2010 US census.
Three Palms Inn, 915-229-3211; La Siesta Motel, 915-229-3611
Big Bend National Park is the most popular attraction in the Presidio area. River rafting in the Rio Grande is a popular activity. Presidio is also a popular jumping off point for tourists heading into Mexico's Copper Canyon.
Day 7: Amarilo
Amarillo, originally named Oneida, is situated in the Llano Estacado region. The availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad contributed to the city's growth as a cattle marketing center in the late 19th century.
Amarillo has a number of natural attractions near the city. The Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the United States' second largest canyon system, after the Grand Canyon and is located south of Amarillo. Palo Duro has a distinct hoodoo that resembles a lighthouse. Another natural landmark near the city, the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is located 30 miles (48 km) north of Amarillo. It is once known as the site for prehistoric inhabitants to obtain flint in order to make tools and weapons. About 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Amarillo in Briscoe County is Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, the state park is the home of the official Texas State Bison Herd, who were captured and taken care of by cattle rancher Charles Goodnight.
The Texas Pharmacy Museum claims to be the only Texas museum specialized in the research, collection, preservation, and exhibition of the history of pharmacy, is also located in the city's hospital district.
Amarillo Civic Center
Day 8: Canadian
Canadian had a Baptist academy. Robert Moody (1838–1915), a banker, rancher, and academy trustee, built the Moody Hotel downtown to reflect on the future of the community.
Visitors to Canadian today are fascinated to find that this really was the wild, wild west made famous in Western movies, TV shows and the dime novels of the time. The most famous heroes, outlaws, Indian chiefs, battles and Texas Rangers seemed to have all converged here. And, you can easily relive that tumultuous time of the 1870’s and, 80’s, with history here being almost fresh enough to reach out and touch, and lovingly preserved by those whose roots run deep in this land.