Fact: Texas is BIG! Technically it is the biggest state in the contiguous United States with more than 268,000 square miles of land. With that much space to roam, there’s a lot to see and do. If the open road is calling you, we’ve created this list of Best Road Trips to Take in Texas!
Although you may have heard of this tiny West Texas town, chances are you haven’t visited. If you are looking for an artist haven inside a rugged desert landscape, this is your kind of town. It’s about 12 hours from most major cities so this would be considered quite a road trip. One spot to visit while visiting the town includes Prada Marfa, an art installation that will certainly give you the perfect opportunity for a post-worthy photo.
Located in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo, this state park with the second largest canyon in America is one of the nation’s most beautiful natural attractions. The park has more than 25,000 acres to roam, with camping, cabins, hiking trails, and more.
As one of the few places in the nation where you can still see dinosaur tracks, the Dinosaur Valley State Park offers visitors an opportunity to walk the tracks of extinct dinosaurs along the bed of the Paluxy River. Located just northwest of Glen Rose and about an hour drive from Fort Worth, the park covers more than 1500 acres and offers many outdoor activities. You can visit for a day or spend a few days camping.
Big Bend is the place to go if you admire the stars and love picturesque landscapes. Located in West Texas and about six hours from San Antonio, the park separates Texas from Mexico along the Rio Grande and Scenic Rivers. The park is so big it couldn’t fit inside the state of Rhode Island. There’s so much to do from sightseeing while in your car to hiking, camping, paddling the river, riding horses, and everything in between.
Located in Fredericksburg, this massive pink granite mountain draws tons of visitors each day. It’s best to always check before traveling out there since the park does close frequently due to capacity. If you are lucky enough to make it in, you will enjoy hiking, camping, rock climbing, and nature gazing.
This Texas Gulf Coast city offers miles of beaches and plenty of things to do and see. From windsurfing to bird watching to horseback riding, you can spend a week enjoying this city. The Texas State Aquarium is a must see for water lovers. The Aquarium boasts more than 360 species with dive shows, animal feedings and educational presentations.