They do things big in the Lone Star State: and stories don’t come larger than that of the first ever man on the moon. With the 50th anniversary of the moon landings fast approaching (the Apollo 11 spacecraft touched down on the Moon on July 20, 1969), Houston, Texas is back in the spotlight.

Although Apollo 11 blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, it was Space Center Houston that played the role of Mission Control for the historic event. Its large collection of moon rocks and spacecraft make this one of the city’s leading attractions and a highlight of an all new fly-drive from Bon Voyage, the leading specialist tour operator to North America.

Called Deep in the Heart of Texas – the Go Big or Go Home Tour, this is a thorough exploration of a state that’s twice the size of Germany. The suggested, tailor-made, 20-day itinerary takes in edgy Austin, cowboy country and frontier history on a journey that makes the most of the Lone Star State’s diversity. In addition to Space Center Houston, explore the Alamo (see photo above), Amarillo and the stark beauty of Big Bend National Park before taking in Palo Duro Canyon and the 62,000-year-old Odessa Meteor Crater. Enjoy a bit of Texas two-stepping and live music in Forth Worth, then continue to Dallas to discover the story of JFK at the fascinating Sixth Floor Museum.

The holiday costs from £2,995 per person and includes flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow), quality accommodation (room-only basis), car hire and a personalised “road book” containing day-by-day and travel tips.

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