With just one month left of the summer season, we think it’s time to hit the open road.
If you’re looking for a unique way to explore Texas instead of the traditional road trips to a nearby major city, check out our list of 6 unique road trip ideas perfect for foodies, nature lovers and more.
Take the Scenic Route.
From natural lakes to majestic mountains, Texas is full of impressive nature, and summer is the perfect season to take it all in. Spend a few days at some of the state’s most famous state parks and landmarks, including Pedernales Falls State Park, Enchanted Rock, and of course, Big Bend. Bring your camping gear along for the full experience, and the perfect opportunity for stargazing. Check out this sample route.
Get to Know Your State.
Embrace the spirit of Texas and learn more about our state’s history by incorporating famous Texas museums and landmarks into your road trip. From the Alamo to Houston’s own San Jacinto monument, each stop will leave you with more knowledge and pride about the lone star state. Sample route here.
Indulge Your Taste Buds.
Satisfy your wanderlust and your appetite by touring some of the most famous eateries in nearby Texas cities. Include famous breakfast stops like Magnolia Pancake Haus (San Antonio) and Bread Winners Cafe (Dallas) and renowned BBQ joints Snow’s BBQ and the Salt Lick to make this road trip one your taste buds will remember. Sample route here.
Relax by the Beach(es).
You don’t have to travel to the east or west coasts to relax on the beach. Texas has plenty of shores ideal for the perfect beach day. Get to know beaches beyond Galveston’s seawall by exploring the coast as you drive all the way to San Padre Island, which has some of Texas’ most popular (and cleanest!) beaches. Sample route here.
Not Everything in Texas is Big.
Disconnect from big city life by spending a week visiting the small towns of Texas. With everything from antique shops to local art shows, the state’s small towns are full of unique culture waiting to be discovered. For the most authentic experience, stay at bed & breakfasts instead of chain hotels and stop for meals only at local restaurants. Sample route here.
Tour Texas Theme Parks.
If you want to get your adrenaline pumping before the summer’s over, take the ultimate theme park adventure by visiting as many waterparks and amusement parks as you have time for. From Houston’s new Typhoon Texas to the classic Six Flags in Fiesta, Texas, this trip will satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie. Sample route here.