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Friends and sponsors

As we traveled the length and breadth of Texas, we met many friends and sponsors who offered their support, ideas and cooperation. Use this list as a place to start in developing your own “Big, Better, Best Adventure in the Lone Star State,” of whatever duration you choose.

Trip Sponsors

Advantage Rent A Car has been serving the West and Southwest for over 40 years with a full range of vehicles and the best rates in the industry. They promise their guests the best services and value in the industry.  Make reservations online at or call 800-777-5500.

The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and company spirit. Today Southwest operates almost 400 Boeing 737 aircraft in 58 cities from coast to coast. Visit them online at

Lowepro® is globally recognized as the leading brand of quality protective cases for cameras, notebook computers and personal electronics. Selling in over 90 countries, the same principles and innovation behind their successful cases for professional photographers are used to create carrying solutions for digital/video equipment, notebook computers, PDAs and more. Visit them online at


Surrounded by the scenic Hill Country of central Texas, the Hyatt Regency Austin is located downtown on the shores of Town Lake, within easy walking distance of Palmer Auditorium, Austin Convention Center, the legendary Sixth Street entertainment district, and the State Capitol Complex. Visit their website at

The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) exists to enhance the quality of life for those living with, through, and beyond cancer. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF seeks to promote the optimal physical, psychological, social recovery and care of cancer survivors and their loved ones. Online at

Welcome to barbecue heaven! Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse has been an Austin institution since 1979. Pok-e-Jo’s is Texas’ Catering King, with five locations in the Austin area with traditional, slow-smoked barbecue. Visit them online at for more information.

is the oldest family owned working ranch in Texas – the pride and joy of the pioneer Schreiner family since 1880. Now they invite you to spend the day, spend the night, or have a fantastic getaway. Wildlife tours, cattle drives, adventure camps and exotic and native game hunting. Visit online at  or call (800) YO-RANCH.

is truly a Hill Country paradise. We are located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where sparkling spring fed creeks meander through the rugged terrain and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley. The accommodations are first-rate, the scenery is majestic and the people are friendly. Call the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-221-7958 or

 Come live the Texas legend with us and enjoy our special brand of hospitality. We are dedicated to the spirit of the Texas ranch heritage. The hotel is rich in character and filled with antiques, artifacts and remembrances of an era 100 years past. Toll Free 1-877-967-3767 or

South Padre Island

Welcome to South Padre Island! Beautiful beaches, warm gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping and a diversity of year-round activities make South Padre Island one of the fantastic vacation destinations in the world. For more information or to contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau, call 1-800-SOPADRE or visit

Join Osprey Fishing Trips aboard the finest fishing vessels on the Texas Coast. Whether drift fishing for kingfish, shark, or dorado or bottom fishing for red snapper, grouper, and amberjack, we strive to make your experience an enjoyable one. Visit or phone 1-888-867-7739.

uses a double-deck, aluminum catamaran built by Thomas Marine of Louisiana as a stable platform for observation and fishing. Excursions include dolphin watches, sightseeing tours, dinner and private cruises, as well as fishing trips. Check out or phone 956-943-BOAT.

Corpus Christi

  With its beautiful bayfront, wonderful sea breezes, clear blue skies and warm welcome, Corpus Christi is a perfect destination for business or leisure travel. Downtown is minutes from scenic beaches and famous Corpus Christi attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. Visit Corpus Christi online or call 1-800-678-OCEAN.

  Located in the downtown Marina District, the AAA Four-Diamond Omni Bayfront Tower offers sweeping views of the Corpus Christi Bay and convenient access to deep sea fishing, sailing and snorkeling. Just 15 minutes from Corpus Christi International Airport. For reservations call 1-800-THE-OMNI or visit

Wind and Wave Watersports is Corpus Christi's premiere water sports outfitter, with the largest and most extensive selection of surf boards, kayaks, skateboards, beach apparel, and active lifestyle accessories for the active waterman. Call them at 361-937-9283 or visit their web site,

U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay From her bridge to her engine room – 910 feet long and 16 decks high – the Museum is designed to educate as well as entertain. A tour of the Blue Ghost is a return to her glorious past from 1943 through 1991 with memorabilia and artifacts donated by those who served. For more information visit .

Piney Woods

Caddo Canoe Rentals has been offering canoes and pontoon boat tours for over 30 years in Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area. Enjoy scenic tours of  Big Cypress Bayou, fishing, picnicking, bird-watching and the many other attractions of Caddo Lake. Call Capt. Dave Lomax at  (903) 679-3743.

Nacogdoches – the oldest town in Texas – today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. People come here to discover the town's historic past and to enjoy its slow-paced and relaxing atmosphere. E-mail us for your free Visitors' Information Guide on Nacogdoches or visit online at

Fort Worth

Fort Worth No other Texas city offers such a vibrant mix of the arts, Western heritage and family fun. Experience the Cultural District, the legendary Stockyards, historic Sundance Square, the Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Motor Speedway, and much more. Fort Worth travel packages are now available at or by calling 800-373-4311.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Fort Worth is located deep in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. Our proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center makes us an excellent choice for business travelers and convention attendees. We make mixing business with pleasure very convenient and easy! For reservations call (800) 333-3333, or visit us online at

is the world’s largest honky-tonk, with 127,000 square feet of space, for entertainment and events. Billy Bob's has country music's biggest stars, Live Pro Bull Riding and a Texas size dance floor – and dance lessons – for everyone to enjoy. Visit their Web site at

is the world’s only daily cattle drive, taking place twice daily in the Stockyards district of Old Fort Worth. They also run education programs for school children and other community events. Visit the virtual home on the range at

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is a magnificent exhibition of top-quality animals, and home to the first national indoor rodeo. The 108th Annual event takes place in at the Will Rogers Center from January 17 to February 8, 2004. For more information visit their Web site at

Amarillo (Palo Duro)

has attractions for the outdoor enthusiast, the arts connoisseur and the western history buff. Attractions include Palo Duro Canyon, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the American Quarter Horse Museum, Cadillac Ranch, Big Texan Steak Ranch, Historic Rt. 66, and professional ballet and opera companies and symphony. Visit us at

offers its own, beautiful Texas flair. With 247 beautiful guest rooms, we're sure you'll find everything you need...right here in our hotel. Nearby businesses and attractions include Palo Duro State Park, the Amarillo Globe News, Amarillo College, and more. Come see us online.

is known the world over for its free 72-ounce steak. Have you taken the challenge? There's always something happening at the Big Texan, from our Opry to Cowboy Poets, and special appearances by featured guests artists. The Big Texan has been serving great food for over 30 years. Visit in Amarillo on Interstate 40, call at 806-372-6000 or check them out at

, “the Grand Canyon of Texas,” consists of 16,402 acres in Armstrong and Randall Counties, south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. The canyon is approximately 120 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 800 feet deep; its slopes reveal the colorful natural history of the area. For more information visit the Web site or phone 806/488-2227.

Big Bend Country

is situated on the boundary with Mexico along the Rio Grande, and is a place that merges natural environments, from desert to mountains, where south meets north and east meets west. The park covers over 801,000 acres of west Texas in the place where the Rio Grande makes a sharp turn - the Big Bend. For more information please visit the Web site at

Known as the last frontier of Texas, Big Bend National Park encompasses over 800,000 acres of breathtaking landscape. Located right in the middle of it all is Chisos Mountains Lodge, offering comfortable overnight lodging all year long. Reservations and information at 432-477-2291 or online at

as been putting people and rivers together since 1977, and besides being safe, comfortable and educational, river trips are a whole lot of  fun. Our mission is to acquaint you with the natural world of rivers: from peaceful float trips to thrilling whitewater adventures. Call 800-359-4138 or visit online at

explores the rich and vast territory of the Big Bend in river boats and 4WD jeeps. From spectacular sunsets to intriguing geological formations, our tours offer a close encounter with some remarkable landscapes. For more information visit

was constructed in 1912 and is situated in downtown Alpine, in West Texas, in the midst of the scenic Davis Mountains of the Big Bend National Park area. The hotel has been a cultural, social and historic center of the area for decades. Call (800) 535-8040 oronline

is made up of a variety of cultures and nationalities, with cultural influences ranging from Native American to Spanish to Mexican. We’re proud of our cultural offerings and more than 400 years of colorful documented history. Wherever you go, you’ll find hospitable, friendly service delivered with a smile. Learn more at

features a tremendous earth fault, lofty peaks (including Guadalupe Peak, highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet), unusual flora and fauna, and a colorful record of the past. For more information visit

is a landmark hotel in the heart of El Paso, bringing together the elegance that characterizes the Camino Real name and all the warmth and tradition of Southern hospitality. Located in the revitalized downtown, the Camino Real El Paso is a shining testament of the city’s colorful past and vibrant future. Visit

presents an eagle-eye's view of 7,000 miles of Southwestern natural beauty and culture atop Ranger Peak in El Paso's Franklin Mountains. A four-minute 946-foot vertical rise treats visitors to the 5,632 feet summit view. Visit their website for more information.

provided accommodations in Van Horn, en route to Guadalupe National Park. Equidistant from Tucson, Dallas and San Antonio, the hotel is conveniently located right off Interstate 10 exit # 138 in West Texas. Reservations at 800-662-8826 or visit them online.