To learn Texas — really understand its spirit — means visiting its three most authentic cities: Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

Each bears indelible marks of heritage, starting with Fort Worth, known as the place Where the West Begins. Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, exudes undeniable hipster charm with its clubs, beer gardens and food parks. San Antonio, the Alamo City, delivers a diversity of cultures and a lively River Walk scene you cannot find elsewhere. Once you’ve explored these three, you’ll say, “Now that’s what I wanted to find in Texas!”

Perhaps most appealing of all, each city is an easy drive, one to another. We’re all about road tripping in the Lone Star State, so you’ll get your kicks just traveling between each of the city threesome. Here are a dozen great stops on your Texas Trio Roadtrip. You’ll start and end in Fort Worth, which is just 20 minutes or so from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Wildcatter Ranch – Mini Road Trip

wild catter ranch thumbAfter you’ve learned what it takes to be a real cowboy in Fort Worth, head down the road 90 minutes to Wildcatter Ranch and continue your Western adventure. Enjoy sunsets from your back porch or spend your day horseback riding, shooting sporting clays or exploring the rich Old West history of Young County.