Gearing up for vacations but don’t want to go too far? Texas is huge and full of awesome little places to road trip to on a vacation. Of course, there are the obvious places like San Antonio for the River Walk and the Alamo, Austin for the Capitol, and Houston for NASA. We’re looking for those great little gems that not everyone knows about.
Julie just got back from a Texas road trip over the 4th of July weekend. She headed to Austin with her family, and they absolutely had to stop in West for kolaches from Czech Stop. She stayed at the Barton Creek Resort just outside of Austin, which offers day care for your kids while you golf!
Caddo Lake is a uniquely beautiful lake in east Texas with huge trees growing in the middle of the water. It can be spooky at night, giving rise to some great ghost stories. Jefferson isn’t far from Caddo Lake and hosts the Texas Bigfoot Conference for those looking for Texas’ own Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape.
The Hill Country is full of awesome little places to check out. Fredericksburg is a gem famous for its German heritage. They have their own Oktoberfest in October.
Nearby is Enchanted Rock, a scenic state park with an enormous pink granite rock formation jutting out of the ground. It’s great for camping and hiking. Beer enthusiasts know that Shiner is a real place in Texas and home to the Shiner Brewery.
Luckenbach is a tiny hamlet made famous by the titular country tune by Jerry Jeff Walker featuring “Waylon, Willie, and the boys.” It might only be blacksmith shop, post office, beer joint, dance hall and cotton gin on a single circle road, but it’s worth a stop to say you’ve been there.
The west Texas town of Marfa is probably more well known for the supernatural “Marfa Lights” than it is for the little artsy installations around town.
Up in the Panhandle, Amarillo has the Cadillac Ranch and the famous Route 66. There is also Palo Duro Canyon, which was formed by a fork of the Red River.
Down on the Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi has a wonderful aquarium. South Padre Island is more famous for Spring Break shenanigans, but it’s beaches are fabulous. Galveston also has magnificent beaches and also boasts a pier, boardwalk, great restaurants, and patios to sit back and chill with a drink. A listener recommended Port O’Connor for it’s turquoise waters.
Here are some recommendations from listeners!