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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.

Celebrate Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s Birthday with a “Pure Texas” experience in Huntsville. Join us on Saturday, March 2nd at Oakwood Cemetery as we pay tribute to General Sam Houston and conduct the always highly anticipated “Baptized a Texan” ceremony.

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Catch Eric Church, Whiskey Myers, Koe Wetzel, Randy Rogers Band, and more at the Cattle Country Music Festival in Gonzales, TX on April 12th - 14th, 2024. Enjoy music, camping, river swims, and a variety of drinks at Boot Ranch's riverfront Pecan groves. Options range from General Admission to VIP and RV camping, including Glamping.


Your exploration of the beautiful Hill Country should always start in Blanco; a vibrant community with so much to offer. Distilleries, breweries, art galleries, and amazing natural landscape provide endless opportunities for fun. Blanco is so close to the area’s most popular attractions. Make Blanco your Hill Country base camp! 

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Boerne’s brewery scene has expanded again. Meet Hamby’s! Featuring local brews and smash burgers, they have joined four other noteworthy brewpubs in historic downtown Boerne. Order up an ice-cold glass of your new favorite craft beer as you explore, shop, and taste your way down Boerne’s Hill Country Mile.


The seascape attracts fishermen and artists as well as those who enjoy the pleasant climate, scenery, and relaxing coastal experience. Visitors find exclusive dining and shopping experiences. Birders flock to view more than 400 migrating and resident bird species. Come visit to discover more ways to find yourself in Rockport-Fulton!

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This March, celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style at Wichita Falls' Annual Street Festival. From a 5k run through historic downtown to green beer delights, live music, and family fun, it's an immersive extravaganza! Join the downtown festivities with shopping, food vendors, and family-friendly games for everyone.


The beach is just the beginning of what you can experience on Galveston Island. Whether you're a history buff, a beach lover, or someone seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, Galveston has something special for everyone. Discover the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Galveston in 2024.

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Explore 900 acres of wild adventure on a 6-mile drive-thru safari featuring animals from all over the world. Feed free-roaming bison, zebras, antelope and more from your car! Explore the village walk-about including the Budgie Adventure Aviary and a beautiful giraffe exhibit where guests can enjoy feeding reticulated giraffes.  


The seascape attracts fishermen and artists as well as those who enjoy the pleasant climate, scenery, and relaxing coastal experience. Visitors find exclusive dining and shopping experiences. Birders flock to view more than 400 migrating and resident bird species. Come visit to discover more ways to find yourself in Rockport-Fulton!

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From rivers to towering bluffs, experience Texas nature in Uvalde County. Explore the clearest rivers in Texas - the Frio, Nueces, and Sabinal. Encounter wildlife on a guided horseback ride and spot the Milky Way while stargazing. There are adventures for the entire family along the banks and beyond.


Discover the rich heritage of Gonzales, Texas with museums and collections, a living Pioneer Village, and a legacy that comes alive with each step. Immerse yourself in history as you explore fascinating exhibits and embrace the spirit of the past.


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Garland's revitalized Downtown Square is a space for vibrant music, outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and unexpected shopping. The revitalized historic hub showcases an imaginative play area, event lawn, urban water feature, and a unique gateway, making it the heart of community and culture. Explore Garland, a hidden gem in the Lone Star State!


With its charming setting and more than 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, Grapevine is the must-visit destination of the season. Enjoy ICE! at Gaylord Texan Resort, live entertainment, and classic Christmas movies at the Palace Theatre, a Texas-sized outdoor ice rink, millions of magical lights and more.

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December brings much to explore with the first weekend hosting the city’s annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, the Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl, and a meet and greet with the original cast from the The Little House on the Prairie. Click below to see more events throughout the month!


Enjoy exploring our 6-mile drive-thru safari park. Feed hundreds of roaming animals including Grevy's and Grant's zebras, bison, camels, deer, antelope, friendly llamas, and more. Explore the Village Walk-Thru that includes the Budgie Adventure Aviary and a beautiful giraffe exhibit where guests can enjoy feeding reticulated giraffes.  

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Make plans to visit McKinney this December to discover the magical holiday wonderland awaiting you around the city’s historic downtown square. Your family will delight at the sights and sounds, 35-foot-tall twinkling tree, Santa photos, shopping, delicious food at more than 20 eateries, and festive entertainment throughout the month. 


Watch a Hallmark movie come to life as you stroll through downtown Marshall, one of the 10 most charming Christmas towns in Texas. Join in on the holiday fun at the 36th annual Wonderland of Lights festival! Enjoy a variety of attractions, weekend special events, and community events during the season!

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Deck the halls and mark your calendars for an enchanting experience! The World-Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes are ready to dazzle you with their annual Christmas Show at the Dodson Auditorium on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Reserve your tickets today, and make it a Rangerette Christmas this season. 


Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season from the magical Christmas Parade and Santa Land experience to Tyler State Park’s Pineywoods Christmas, and the Mistletoe & Magic shopping extravaganza. Embark on delightful horse-drawn carriage rides and exhilarating electric bike tours through the dazzlingly illuminated Azalea District. All season long, festivities to make your visit truly memorable!

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Join us as teams seek to make the tastiest wassail and win the title of “Schmeckenmeister” at the 16th Annual Schmeckenfest on Thursday, December 7th from 5pm to 8pm. This festive Christmas kickoff is a complimentary event to the public! Contact La Grange Main Street at (979) 968-3017 with questions.


Dip and sip by a heated pool, chill to live music all around town, enjoy a fireside chat over toasted s'mores, cozy up on a gondola cruise (like the kind you'd see in Italy) or dine al fresco amongst twinkling lights. Irving is your weekend getaway for fall weather fun.

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Come to Historic Downtown Denton Saturday, December 2nd from 3pm - 9pm for a Wassail Fest with 20+ participating businesses that offer complimentary wassail tastings! This event coincides with the Holiday Lighting Festival and offers several family-friendly activities, live music, and much more. Come enjoy tastings and vote on your favorite!


From rivers to towering bluffs, experience Texas nature in Uvalde County. Explore the clearest rivers in Texas - the Frio, Nueces, and Sabinal. Encounter wildlife on a guided horseback ride and spot the Milky Way while stargazing. There are adventures for the entire family along the banks and beyond.

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With its charming setting and more than 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, Grapevine is the must-visit destination of the season. Enjoy ICE! at Gaylord Texan Resort, live entertainment and classic Christmas movies at the Palace Theatre, a Texas-sized outdoor ice rink, millions of magical lights, and more.


Discover the rich heritage of Gonzales, Texas with museums and collections, a living Pioneer Village, and a legacy that comes alive with each step. Immerse yourself in history as you explore fascinating exhibits and embrace the spirit of the past.

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Last chance for 2023! Don’t miss the final live-action battle reenactment program of 2023 at the National Museum of the Pacific War on November 4th. See “Pacific Valor,” highlighting the brave actions of a WWII Medal of Honor recipient. Discover stories of the everyday heroes who protected our freedom during WWII. 


Fall is in the air, and Round Rock has a variety of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained on a vacation. Slide into America's Largest Indoor Waterpark at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, dine on comfort food at award-winning restaurants, and experience fall foliage during a round of golf. Go Round Rock!

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We’ve got a surefire cure! With a beautiful lake, Venetian-like waterways and a vibrant entertainment district, weekend adventure awaits in Irving. Come for a fall romance, a family affair, solo-searching, or friend-zone fun. Select a hotel vibe and tickle your fancy with tee times, teatime, spa times, or fun by the fire, plus live music all around town. 


Enjoy exploring our 6-mile drive-thru safari park. Feed hundreds of free roaming animals including Grevy's and Grant's zebras, bison, camels, deer, antelope, friendly llamas, and more. Explore the Village Walk-Thru that includes the Budgie Adventure Aviary and a beautiful giraffe exhibit where guests can enjoy feeding reticulated giraffes. 

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Experience the excitement of Kilgore's fall event season! Don't miss Kilgore Oktoberfest on October 14th in charming Historic Downtown Kilgore. Enjoy live music, local flavors, drinks, entertaining games, and more. Be part of the keg tapping ceremony, chicken dance, and a stein-holding competition. Join us for a memorable celebration!


Whether you’re looking for the best Mexican food you’ve ever tasted or having an artisan handcraft a new pair of custom boots, El Paso is a unique blend of Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Old Mexico all rolled into one unforgettable trip. Texas starts here, so should you!

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Cleburne, Texas, is a hidden gem that offers a rich blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Locals know first-hand that this charming city is full of opportunities to build new traditions for years to come.


Los Muertos WF transforms downtown Wichita Falls into an explosion of culture and pageantry. Delight your senses by visiting the many food vendors featuring traditional Mexican offerings, listen to live music, sit for a professional face painting, and watch the endless entertainment with choreographed dancers, traditional costumes, and fire breathers.

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History comes to life! Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War to discover stories of everyday heroes who protected our freedom during WWII. With 55,000 square feet of exhibits, a complimentary children’s exhibit and live-action battle reenactments on selected Saturdays, there is something for everyone. See the website for events, tickets and more. 


Embark on a road trip to the Hill Country and fall in love with Kerrville. Enjoy the fall scenery with a paddle on the Guadalupe River and then warm up with a handcrafted meal in a historic eatery. Later, shop for autumn décor and explore the local art scene in beautifully crafted Kerrville. 

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Spooky month has a whole new meaning in Palestine.  Embark on your own paranormal investigation in a 3-story mansion. Take on one of Texas’ most unique haunted houses in an old jail. Experience one-of-a-kind festivals, and more. Plan your perfect fall getaway and check out these amazing adventures in Palestine.


Head to McKinney for an unforgettable Oktoberfest experience! Immerse yourself in authentic German culture with lively music and dancing, traditional food and drink, kids’ area, and carnival fun for all. Don't miss the festivities that will transport you to Bavaria right here in North Texas. Prost to a fantastic time!

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From the inaugural Boogie Woogie Festival in September to the historic Wonderland of Lights Festival in December as well as the 41st Fire Ant Festival, Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards, and the Festival of Trees, Marshall is the destination for music and magic.


A visit to Glen Rose can take you through historical eras - including both Jurassic and Biblical! Trek through the dinosaur period at Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World. View fossils, artifacts, and a Noah’s Ark replica at the Creation Evidence Museum. Each weekend in October, visitors can enjoy the passion play The Promise. Explore Glen Rose!

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Nestled in the beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park, you’ll discover the majesty of McKittrick Canyon. From mid-October to mid-November, the canyon is filled with an unmatched display of breathtaking fall colors. While you’re in the park, visit Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. Texas starts here, so should you!


The seascape attracts fishermen, artists, and those who enjoy the pleasant climate, scenery, and relaxing coastal experience. Visitors find exclusive dining and shopping experiences. Birders flock to view more than 400 migrating and resident bird species. Come visit to discover more ways to find yourself in Rockport-Fulton!

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Come to Dumas for some fall fun! The 4th Annual Ears & Beers Festival is on Saturday, September 16th from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in McDade Park. Stroll along craft booths while enjoying complimentary corn – all you can eat! There will be food and beverage trucks featuring local beers. Don’t miss the corn hole tournament and great live music featuring Stoney LaRue. Tickets available online!

Dripping Springs hosts the highest concentration of wineries, breweries, distilleries, and tasting rooms in Texas, making it hard to decide where to go first. The Dripping with Taste® Trail helps guide visitors to the best of what Dripping Springs has to offer. See you on the trail! 

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Make a splash. Pump up the volume. Live like a local. Party like a rock star. Indulge in resort stays, water fun, craft cocktails, diverse eats and a music scene as big as Texas when you add Irving to your end-of-summer playlist. 

Plano is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions that make it perfect for a leisurely getaway. Plano offers 1,000+ restaurants, world class shopping, four walkable entertainment districts, a lively arts and nightlife scene, family-friendly attractions, and abundant natural beauty. 

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If you like history, then you’re going to love our missions that date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Our Mission Trail is a nine-mile stretch across time in El Paso County’s historic Mission Valley. The Trail is home to museums, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants. 


Each August 10,000+ professional and amateur cyclists descend upon Wichita Falls to compete in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the nation. After the race, downtown transforms into a block party with food trucks, craft beer, yard games, "DJ" dance party, and more.

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Come to Historic Downtown Denton on Saturday, September 9, 2023, for a spectacular car/truck/motorcycle show, Chalk Fest, and festival fun! There will be lots of family-friendly activities, vendors, food, live music and much more. General admission is complimentary.

The seascape attracts fishermen, artists, and those who enjoy the pleasant climate, scenery, and relaxing coastal experience. Visitors find exclusive dining and shopping experiences. Birders flock to view more than 400 migrating and resident bird species. Come visit to discover more ways to find yourself in Rockport-Fulton!

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Plano is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions that make it perfect for a leisurely getaway. Plano offers 1,000+ restaurants, world class shopping, four walkable entertainment districts, a lively arts and nightlife scene, family-friendly attractions, and abundant natural beauty.

The Garland and Beyond Space Exhibit launches in Downtown Garland. Explore Garland in the space industry with NASA artifacts, movies, lectures, and Space Dates thru September.

Earn a complimentary mission patch on July 14 at Infinity Arcade Restaurant and a BOGO on the house space beer at Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery.

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Glen Rose offers history, heart & hospitality, but there is more than you can see in a day!  Come visit dinosaurs, giraffes, beautiful rolling hills, art, history, and plenty for the outdoor enthusiasts! Come see why we are "Something Special!"

Crank up the volume. Live like a local. Party like a rock star. Indulge in resort stays, craft cocktails, community culture, diverse eats and a music scene as big as Texas when you add Irving to your summer-of-fun lineup.

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Start your East Texas adventure in Kilgore! Whether it’s taking a performance at the popular Texas Shakespeare Festival, biking the BigHead Creek Mountain Bike trail, or enjoying ice cream after shopping in Historic Downtown Kilgore, the City of Stars is full of new discoveries!

Plano is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions that make it perfect for a leisurely getaway. Plano offers 1,000+ restaurants, world class shopping, four walkable entertainment districts, a lively arts and nightlife scene, family-friendly attractions, and abundant natural beauty.

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