With less than a week before the all-important college kid’s holiday (Spring Break), it’s the perfect time for a road trip!
That’s right — put the pedal to the metal and hit the open road to explore everything Texas has to offer. You can binge Netflix and nap anytime, and we’ve got a few ideas for fun spots in Texas you can visit to escape the crowds and make the most of your week off.
Minimalist art and the West Texas landscape come together in this tiny town only a couple hours north of Big Bend National Park. While the city’s population is less than 2,000 people, it’s worth stopping by to view the impressive art instillations by world renowned artists (such as the famous Prada Marfa sculpture). If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the mysterious Marfa lights, whose origin scientists have been trying to figure out for years.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Everything’s bigger in Texas… including the dinosaur fossils. Located near Forth Worth, Dinosaur Valley State Park allows visitors to get a glimpse of real dinosaur fossils as they hike their way through 20+ miles of trails. With lush wildlife and plenty of wild animals, visitors can imagine how majestic dinosaurs roamed the area millions of years ago.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre House
The original house used for the 1973 horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre is now a restaurant located in Kingsland, Texas and attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Stop by for a meal and a piece of Hollywood history at what is now the Grand Central Cafe.
Houston isn’t the only city in Texas famous for its art cars. Located in Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation featuring a series of half-buried Cadillacs that have been decorated by visitors for decades. If you BYO can of spray paint, you can even add your own mark to the brightly colored cars.
If you’ve always wondered what an abandoned town would look like, Bartlett (located an hour north of Austin) may help satisfy your curiosity. While a few families still reside in this tiny town, its downtown and commercial areas are virtually abandoned. Because of its classic 20th century architecture, several movies have also been filmed here.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Located in the heart of the hill country (and about half an hour west of Austin), this state park will mesmerize you with its hiking trails and waterfalls over layered steps of limestone. With stunning views, biking trails and swimming areas, Pedernales Falls is a road trip stop perfect for visitors who are nature lovers —and even some who might not be.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
You don’t have to travel all the way to Africa to experience your first safari. Thanks to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch located outside of San Antonio, Texan visitors can drive through 400 acres containing over 40 exotic species. Witness herds of giraffes, zebras, antelope and more make their way through the park as you drive by. Don’t forget to stop by the Safari Trading Post for a souvenir to commemorate the experience.
By Priscilla Aceves