Texas football road trip help
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 7:43 AM Last Post By: tilos
Oct 14, 2012 1:44 PM
Oct 14, 2012 7:20 PM
No. The problem is that there are thousands of high schools in Texas, so you can't really know which ones are good choices.
Friday Night Lights (the book) was about a high school in Odessa, but Odessa is WAY too far west for this trip. (The book is excellent, and I highly recommend it, by the way; it was made into an also-very-good movie. The subsequent TV series is also widely praised, but it departs into the realm of fiction (even soap opera), which the book and movie do not. For this trip you're planning, the book is practically required reading.)
What I'd suggest is asking around once you get there. "If I wanted to see great high school football around here, where would I go?" Remember that high school varsity games are typically on...Friday night.
Oct 15, 2012 3:34 AM
17See if there's a high school football game on Thanksgiving Day in the place you'll be. Such games when they exist are usually old rivalries (derbies in British English, more or less), and no matter how good or bad the teams are at least the crowd will be enthusiastic.
WWII-era reference at about 1:50 here.
Oct 15, 2012 9:05 AM
You might want to make an exception to your exception and advance-book the Menger in San Antonio.
Oct 15, 2012 9:15 AM
Oct 15, 2012 12:11 PM
Oct 16, 2012 12:16 PM
21Good HS games will be available in each Big City Austin, S.A, Houston, Dallas wherever you are on a Fri night or Sat afternoon, there will be a great game. I am a HS Football coach originally from Texas now living in Hawaii, you will see a great game and the closer to Lockhart for BBQ the better!!!!
PM me if you need any help, plus I used to be a Texas History Teacher.
Oct 16, 2012 1:46 PM
Oct 16, 2012 1:53 PM
23Two lunches and two dinners (all in one day). Go to all four.
You order your meat (typically brisket, saugage, pulled or sliced) and you get it on a big piece of paper along with Texas Toast and a soda to wash it all down with.
You won't be disappointed; unless you're a Vegan, but then again you wouldn't be there if that's the case.
Oct 16, 2012 3:31 PM
24Walk up order and take it back to your chosen seat. Go during lull, after 1 pm and after 7:30- 8 pm and get your questions answered and maybe some Texas hospitality if you tell them where you are visiting from!!
Oct 19, 2012 2:32 PM
25Thanks to all your help, I've decided to make this trip happen, and booked it! It will be as follows:
Fort Worth - 5 nights incl the Cowboys v Redskins game, tour of Cowboys Stadium and American Airlines Arena & Fort Worth Parade of Lights. Other things i might do in this area includes shopping, Six Flags over Texas, a time at a gun range, rodeo at the Stockyards.
Austin - 3 nights incl the Texas A&M game on Saturday (unless a late kickoff). On Sunday I'm going to find myself a nice sports bar and watch football all day long!
San Antonio - 1 night, staying at the Menger
(In between the Austin and San Antonio I'm going to try the BBQ at Lockhart)
OPEN 4 nights
Fort Worth or Dallas - 3 nights incl the Cowboys v Eagles game and Dallas sightseeing.
Question is what to do in the four nights I have available? I think I should have at least one night in Houston, but the people I've spoken to that's been there, all say stay away. It's a car city and I'm more into the 'European Way' with a city centre you can walk around in. Even though I'm not into space adventures at all, I might pop on by NASA. Seems like a To Do in Houston.
Is there any other city I should see after Houston? Is Galveston ok in late November? Should I travel back up north?
Oct 19, 2012 4:08 PM
Oct 19, 2012 4:43 PM
27Regarding the Texas A&M football game; it is being played in College Station which, under normal driving conditions, is around two hours from Austin. On game day though it could take four or more hours to drive between the two. As you approach College Station traffic will be backed up and parking will be a major problem.
If it were me, I'd stay in College Station on Friday night (and make reservation as soon as possible or you won't find any open hotel rooms).
Oct 20, 2012 1:52 PM
28There is no "European Way" in Texas. Austin comes the closest, but even there it can be difficult to get around solely by bus and usually involves multiple transfers. Dallas downtown isn't that fun to walk around, though they do have a rail system. Houston has parts that are fun to walk around (Montrose/Museum District, Washington Ave., the Heights), but they don't have hotels (with the exception of Hotel Zaza which is on the edge of Museum District and is an easy bus ride to Montrose).
Galveston tends to be more family-oriented. Lots of people make trips when weather is warm to the beach, Moody Gardens, and for good seafood. There are nice historic districts to walk around, but it doesn't really seem to line up with your interests. There is excellent birdwatching, but that tends to be in the Spring.
There is a non-touristy VIP tour you can take at NASA if you sign up in advance and pay $90 for, as I mentioned in post 9. Otherwise it is kid-oriented.
Oct 20, 2012 7:32 PM
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