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The Best of Texas Road Trips

The Best of Texas Road Trips


Covering more than 268,000 square miles of pine forests, sandy coastlines, grassy plains, spring-fed rivers, and rugged deserts, Texas is the ultimate road tripping state. From Orange to El Paso, the Lone Star State is full of remarkable things to see and do best experienced after a long drive on our many highways. Whether you're cruising between the lush vineyards of the Texas Hill Country or driving among the foothills of majestic mountains, you'll find something amazing around every corner. To help you plan your next Texas road trip, we've put together some of the best experiences you can look forward to when you're ready to hit the road.
Fort Davis

Road Trip to
VICTORIA

Hit the road this fall and explore Victoria! Located south of Houston on Highway 59, Victoria is a Texas destination with a rich history and modern vibe. Learn about Texas history on the Explore Victoria History Trail, see historic homes, and dine on the patio of a restored city PumpHouse! Plan your road trip today!

Museum of the American G.I.

Where History Comes Alive!
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN G.I. IN COLLEGE STATION

Looking for something new to do? Visit the Museum of the American G.I., where U.S. military history comes alive! Step back in time, where there are always new and exciting exhibits and vehicles to see! Let's stay six feet together at the Museum of the American G.I.

Early

Join the First Buy Texas Event
EARLY

Join us for our first Buy Texas event on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Early Visitors & Events Center (419 Garmon Drive Early, TX 76801) from 2 - 6 p.m.! This event will showcase Texas made products, from hand-crafted goods to meats, eggs, cheese, honey, soap, or even yarn. Help us spread the word by sharing this event and invite your friends!

Denton

Plan Your Autumn Road Trip to
DENTON

Hop in the car or gas up the RV and take an epic Texas road trip the whole family will love. Don't skip Denton on your tour of Texas; we've got the eats, drinks, and shops sure to excite everyone. With beautiful Lake Ray Roberts close by, there's plenty of outdoor recreation and other activities suited for stunning autumn days.
Grapevine
Stay and Play
GRAPEVINE

Summertime in Grapevine features fun for the whole family, including waterparks and activities on Lake Grapevine; interactive learning experiences, such as Grapevine Pioneers and Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™; popular indoor attractions like LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and Peppa Pig World of Play; and more!

Bandera

Move 'em Out to the Bandera Round-Up
BANDERA

Join Bandera in celebrating its cowboy heritage this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 - 6, with three days of family fun featuring a Western Artists Roundup Fandango, a Longhorn Cattle Drive & Parade, a Ranch Rodeo and an All-Women's Ranch Rodeo, and two days of entertainment at the Arts & Crafts fair.

Clute

Explore Clute, Experience the Fun!
CLUTE

Within minutes of Clute, you can enjoy many outdoor activities such as fishing, birding, and kayaking. The Center for Arts & Sciences can entertain you for hours, scuba dive in Mammoth Lake, play a round of golf, and embark on historical tours. These are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you in Clute, Texas!

Check Out the Ears & Beers Festival
DUMAS

Come join us for the first annual Ears & Beers Festival, sponsored by the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce, taking place at the courthouse square in downtown Dumas, Texas on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be live music, food vendors, a beer garden, a sidewalk sale and of course, a corn eating competition!
Dumas

Take a Cruise
DENTON

Contemplating a road trip this fall? Make your way to the top of the triangle in Denton! With safely cleaned hotels, amazing downtown shopping, and local restaurants sure to delight any palate, get ready to unwind during your fall outing. Plan your trip and get ready to rediscover Denton!
Gage Hotel

Follow Your Heart to the True Heart of Texas
BRADY

From history to healthcare, recreation to education, you'll find all the building blocks of a rich satisfying life right here in Brady, the True Heart of Texas. The beautiful architecture of downtown Brady's historical buildings tells the story of Brady's rise and its distinction as the Heart of Texas.
Brady

Unique & Boutique
BOERNE

You don't have to go far to get away. Texans are discovering a quiet, relaxing Hill Country escape to Boerne is the perfect way to close out the summer and kick off the fall. Expect fresh air, elevated dining, craft beer, and great shopping on the historic Hill Country Mile.
Boerne
Fort Davis

Escape the Summer Heat in Mile-High
FORT DAVIS

Experience scenic mountain views, wildlife, dark skies, and peaceful expanses in historic Fort Davis, Texas. As a bonus, at 5,050 feet altitude, it's cooler in the Davis Mountains than anywhere else in the Lone Star State. Explore the region by driving the 75-mile Scenic Loop Drive, then sit back, relax, and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Alpine

In the Big Bend, Every Route is the Scenic Route
ALPINE

Alpine's location in the heart of the Big Bend region makes it the perfect home base for your West Texas Road Trip, exploring the Texas mountains and enjoying the cool desert evenings all summer long. #AlpineTXPhoto by Vicki Gibson
Museum of Big Bend

Museum of the Big Bend (Re)Opening July 1
ALPINE

Located on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, the Museum of the Big Bend will be re-opening Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting July 1. The museum is the home of the 34th annual Trappings of Texas, a premier exhibit of contemporary Western Art and fine custom cowboy gear.
Junction

Ultimate Outdoor Escape
JUNCTION

Junction offers outdoor life in the Texas Hill Country year-round. Visit the South Llano River State Park, Kayak, canoe, tube, fish, hunt, hike, bike, play golf and disc golf, camp, and shop, plus stay in a wide range of hotels, river cabins, and campgrounds. Escape to tranquility, star-lit skies, running rivers, dining, and shopping. Visit junctiontexas.com for a list of events throughout the year.
Pecos

Day trip to Pecos Veterans Park
PECOS

With support from donations and matching funds from the Town of Pecos City emerges a beautiful space of honor and remembrance of our Veterans. Include us on your next West Texas Road Trip. Stop by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB to go on the Pecos Boot Trail!
Gage Hotel

Welcome to the Gage Hotel
MARATHON

Enjoy a trip to the historic Gage Hotel. The laid-back luxury experience has premier accommodations and incredible dining options. Surrounded by the beauty and solitude of the West Texas mountain region, guests enjoy a host of hotel amenities and scenic views.

 

Quench Your Thirst in 
LONGVIEW 

With welcoming locals and tall pine trees, East Texas is the perfect spot for your next getaway. Experience this part of Texas like never before with the Thirsty Pines Tour. Travel through Longview, Tyler, Lindale, and surrounding areas savoring craft beer, wineries, liquor, coffee, and more along the way. Let's Go East Texas!

Enjoy a Summer Getaway
LA GRANGE

La Grange is the perfect spot for daytrips and weekend getaways. Our historic downtown is bustling with trendy eateries, boutiques, and museums. Staying the night isn't a problem as you'll find a host of quaint bed and breakfasts and modern hotels. Make La Grange part of your summer memories!

 


Escape to the Hill Country
BANDERA 

Surround yourself with the serenity and adventure of the Hill Country. Ride horseback, laze by the river, make s'mores, stargaze, or dance the night away. Come for the day or the week. Leave as a friend. Come celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy with us from July 24 - 25.

Discover a Texas Natural Wonder
AMARILLO

With more than 16 miles of paved roads that lead to breathtaking canyon walls, remarkable rock formations, horseback riding, and miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, there's no better place to keep your distance in Texas than Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Revel in the Outdoors
HUNTSVILLE

Want to experience the great outdoors? Huntsville is surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest and is home to Huntsville State Park and much more. Come and create great memories in Huntsville, the perfect place for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

Immerse Yourself in West Texas
BIG SPRING

As a midpoint in West Texas, Big Spring delivers a mixture of yesterday, today, and tomorrow that welcomes the native and the newcomer alike. It is the location that brings you here, the unique beauty that gives you pause, and the kindness of the community that will make you stay.

Experience Authentic Texas
SEGUIN

When the moment is right, Seguin will be waiting for you. Ready to offer you a peaceful day on the beautiful Guadalupe River or a picnic in the park. You don't come to Seguin for the latest restaurant concept. You come for what we've got. Real, authentic experiences.

Find Your Next Adventure
LUBBOCK 

Time to get out of the house? As we begin to ease our way back into travel, consider beginning with a road trip across the Lone Star State to Lubbock this summer with friends. With a far-reaching backyard to explore, wine festivals to attend, and new attractions opening, Lubbock is the ideal destination to dive into after weeks of social distancing.

Relax by the River
BLANCO

Blanco is a lively riverside town located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country near many of the attractions that makes this region of Texas such a popular place to visit. Create your own adventure, all just a Hill Country drive away.

Savor Delicious Craft Beer
TYLER 

With welcoming locals and tall pine trees, East Texas is the perfect spot for your next getaway. Experience East Texas like never before with the Thirsty Pines Tour. Travel through Longview, Tyler, Lindale, and the surrounding areas savoring craft beer, wineries, liquor, coffee, and more along the way. Let's Go East Texas! You must be at least 21 years old to consume alcohol in Texas.

Explore Texas History
DEER PARK

Come to Deer Park, the Birthplace of Texas! Home of Patrick's Cabin and just a few miles from the San Jacinto Monument, Deer Park also offers great food, shopping, and proximity to Kemah and Galveston. We're just 19 miles east of Houston - include us in your next road trip!

Visit Texas' Largest History Museum  
PANHANDLE PLAINS HISTORICAL MUSEUM 

PPHM is located in Canyon, just a short 15-minute drive from Amarillo. Book tickets at panhandeplains.org to safely visit the largest history museum in Texas. Not only do we have two million artifacts but also an enormous physical footprint. You've got space to social distance and have family fun.

Reimagine Your Summer Vacation
BOERNE

Enter for your chance to score a unique Texas Hill Country escape for two that includes a restful two-night stay, savory meals, and an awe-inspiring cave tour. Fresh air, boutique shopping, and elevated dining are waiting for you in Boerne!

Hike the High Plains
AMARILLO 

Looking for an escape to nature this summer? Find your way over to Amarillo's Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, a 640-acre area that preserves the flora and fauna of the Panhandle. Breathe in the fresh air as you stroll through grasslands and past rocky bluffs on five miles of hiking trails.

Get Away to the Wild West in
LUBBOCK 

Ready to venture out? Hop in the car and head west toward Lubbock! A five-hour drive from Dallas or a six-hour drive from Austin, travelers can watch the sunrise over the metro area in their rearview mirror while later experiencing an unforgettable West Texas sunset. Take the scenic route across the Lone Star State this summer to experience the charm and grandeur that is the Wild West.

Hit The Water In
LEWISVILLE

Craving the outdoors after staying home? Discover the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s largest lake, Lewisville Lake, for water sports and outside dining. Check out LLELA Nature Preserve with kayaking on the river, hiking trails, fishing, and birding. Choose your favorite hotel from our national brands and feel confident with their sanitation procedures. Create family memories to cherish at VisitLewisville.com.

Make Memories While Exploring in
MCKINNEY

McKinney is full of places like the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary and our Historic Downtown Cultural District, to explore and make memories. When you're ready to hit the road and head to North Texas, we'll be ready to welcome you and help you plan your time here!

Relax This Summer In
VICTORIA

Hit the road this summer and explore Victoria! Located south of Houston on Highway 59, Victoria is a Texas destination with a rich history and modern vibe. Check out our museums, live music scene, unique dining experiences, and natural escapes - including the Victoria Paddling Trail. Plan your summer road trip today!

Explore America's Second Largest Canyon
AMARILLO

Covering roughly 120 square miles of breathtaking canyon walls and remarkable rock formations, there's no better place to keep your distance in Texas than Palo Duro Canyon. Pack your hiking shoes (and something to carry plenty of water) and explore this 28,000-acre marvel that offers endless space to discover.

Discover the "Hub City" of Texas in
LUBBOCK

As we begin to ease our way back into the traveling scene and daydream about where our next trip will take us, consider beginning with a road trip across the Lone Star State to Lubbock. With a far-reaching backyard to explore, wineries, and eclectic dining, the "Hub City" is the ideal destination to dive into after weeks of social distancing. Ready to venture out?

Get Away to West Texas in
BIG SPRING

As a midpoint in West Texas, Big Spring delivers a mixture of yesterday, today, and tomorrow that welcomes the native and the newcomer alike. It is the location that brings you here, the unique beauty that gives you pause, and the kindness of the community that will make you stay.

Experience Diverse Cultures & Stunning Views in
EL PASO

Hit the road and take a trip to El Paso! With a unique culture, revitalized downtown, more than 300 days of sunshine, some of the most stunning scenery that Texas and the Southwest have to offer, and the best Mexican food in the U.S., the Sun City is a hotspot for roadtrippers throughout the year. Plan your trip at visitelpaso.com.


Escape to the Outdoors in
PLANO

Fresh air is good for the soul! Plano parks, playgrounds, open spaces, and trails are currently open for use. We have 85 award-winning parks and nature preserves, so come take a walk, a hike, or even just a big breath of fresh air in our great city.
 

Find Your Way to the Storybook Capital of America
ABILENE

Stroll through downtown and you'll discover whimsical storybook characters pop up among gardens, craft brew pubs, shops, and sidewalk dining. Sculptures and murals dot the historic district. The mid-size city is friendly, affordable, and easy to navigate, a hassle-free excursion when you need to hit the open road and breathe.