Blooms & Booms (SAMPLE Itinerary)

An East Texas Tour

Travel to the piney woods of East Texas, and you’ll find yourself in a place unlike any other in the Lone Star State.  Rolling hills, pine forests, and magnificent lakes can be found within the Texas Piney Woods region, where the warmth of Southern hospitality is alive and well.  Stop and smell the roses at the largest rose garden in the nation, located in Tyler.  Known as the Rose Capital of America, Tyler is a beautiful stop on this East Texas tour.  Cruise the brick streets of the Historic Azalea District featuring miles of blooming azaleas and dogwoods.

Then it’s full steam ahead to Palestine. Home of the Official Railroad of Texas, visit the Victorian train depot, more than 1800 historical sites, and prepare for a little sensory overload when it comes to the flavors of East Texas. Henderson, voted as one of the “prettiest little towns in Texas,” is another great stop on this East Texas road trip.

And don’t forget East Texas’ boomtown, Kilgore, known as the “City of Stars,” a nickname given to it because over 60 oil derricks that dot the Kilgore skyline, all topped with lighted stars.

East Texas is a hidden gem and a great place for your next group tour.

Join us on this tour to see for yourself what everyone is raving about!

Note: This is just a sample itinerary. Some activities may not be available at the time of your trip. To design a free custom itinerary for your group, please contact Susan Travis at



  1. Roseland Plantation Tour
  2. Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Tour
  3. Shopping and sampling at Sweet Gourmet


  1. Rose Garden & Museum Tour
  2. Lunch & Shopping at Potpourri House
  3. American Freedom Museum Tour
  4. Kiepersol Winery/Distillery Tour & Tasting
  5. Murder Mystery Dinner at the 1859 Goodman LeGrand House & Museum
  6. Drive through the Azalea District



  1. Depot Museum Tour
  2. Downtown Tour & Shopping
  3. Howard Dickinson House Tour
  4. London Museum Tour


  1. Rangerette Showcase Tour
  2. East Texas Oil Museum Tour
  3. Texas Broadcast Museum Tour
  4. See the ‘World’s Richest Acre’
  5. Historic Downtown Kilgore
  6. Dinner at The Back Porch


  1. Eilenberger Bakery Tour
  2. Braly’s Builder Supply Tour
  3. NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility Tour Lunch at Pint & Barrel Drafthouse
  4. Old Town Palestine and Architecture Tour Texas State Railroad Tour
  5. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tour
  6. Historic Redlands Hotel Tour
  7. Railroad Heritage Center Tour