Bluebonnets are in bloom in Texas and waiting for your arrival! Begin in Fort Worth to explore one of Texas’ trademark attractions—the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, now not only will you find hectares of cattle pens but a 10-block district encompassing galleries, museums, restaurants, saloons and western shops in the refurbished buildings once used during Fort Worth’s cattle-boom era. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame showcases history’s top cowboys and cowgirls and you can watch a herd of legendary longhorns walking the runway—descendants of cattle Christopher Columbus brought over from Spain. Enjoy the famous Ennis Bluebonnet Trail during peak wildflower season.
In Waco—home of HGTV Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, see where it all began for the couple and explore their city known as the Heart of Texas. Waco is also home to a lively cultural district, Baylor University, and the popular soft drink, Dr Pepper. A tour of Waco with local guides reveals many locations seen on Fixer Upper and even passes a couple of the renovated homes. An entire free day allows for shopping at the Magnolia Silos, located just blocks from your hotel, as well as several other stores featured on the show.
- Guided tour of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
- Tour the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
- Wander the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail
- See Fixer Upper homes on a tour of Waco with a local guide
- A full day free for shopping at Magnolia Silos and stores frequented by show hosts
- Hotel accommodations blocks from Magnolia Market and on free trolley route for getting around at leisure
- Explore Grapevine with lunch and wine tasting at a local winery
- Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis Dallas, Texas
- 4 nights accommodations
- Breakfast daily
- 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
- Ground transportation
- Hotel baggage handling
Note: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking is required.
Mon, April 17: Fly to Dallas, Texas and arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the day. A visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens will showcase the beautiful flora of the area. Enjoy a docent led tour of the grounds followed by lunch at the on-site café. After lunch, spend time exploring the grounds before checking in to the Springhill Suites Fort Worth Historic Stockyards for two nights. Spend the rest of your day perusing the shops and museums at the stockyards. (Meal: Lunch)
Tue, April 18: This morning, learn about the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, once home to cowboys, cattlemen, and outlaws. See the Old West come to life before your eyes as the daily cattle drive passes before you. Enjoy a Texas-style barbeque lunch followed by a guided tour that reveals the rich history of the area and the stockyards, as well as the background of the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk”—Billy Bob’s Texas. The balance of the day is yours at leisure to spend time discovering the 10 blocks of history, museums, restaurants, and attractions—there is plenty to see and do! (B,L)
Wed, April 19: Depart Fort Worth for the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail. Reaching their peak display in mid-to-late April, the stunning natural beauty of the bluebonnets will take your breath away. See why visitors come from near and far to marvel at the blooms. Continue to Waco for a guided tour and see the Suspension Bridge, historic homes and neighborhoods, Baylor University, Harp Design Co., and pass by a few of the Fixer Upper homes. A highlight will be a stop at Jimmy Don Holmes’ JDH Iron Designs, frequently featured on the show. Check in to the Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor for two nights and enjoy dinner upon arrival. (B,D)
Thu, April 20: Today is yours to explore! Magnolia Market is just blocks from the hotel. Take your time shopping in the Market, playing games on the lawn, checking out the garden, and dining at the food trucks located at the Silos. The free Silo District Downtown Trolley makes it easy to get around to local museums and the unique shops, many of which that have been featured on the show. Be sure to stop by the Waco Visitor Information Center and take a selfie with a life-size cutout of Chip and Joanna! (B)
Fri, April 21 Following breakfast, depart for Historic Downtown Grapevine, a walkable, preserved historic area with a year-round farmers market, “one-of-a-kind” shops, and art galleries to wander through. Lunch is included at the historic Harvest Hall, a European-style food hall, followed by a private wine tasting at a local winery, before heading to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for the flight home. (B,L)
Springhill Suites Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. Located in the Historic Stockyards district, steps from all of the action, the hotel offers the perfect combination of convenience, comfort, and Southern hospitality. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • rooftop bar • outdoor pool • fitness center.
Hotel Indigo Waco-Baylor. This modern hotel is just a few blocks from the Magnolia Market and ideally situated for independent exploration. Highlights: In-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor/outdoor pool or hot tub • fitness enter.
- Package with Air
- Double P/P – $1,849
- Triple P/P- $1,729
- Single – $2,229
- Land Only
- Double P/P – $1,429
- Triple P/P – $1,309
- Single – $1,809
*Subject to change due to fuel surcharge