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There’s arguably no better place to hit the open road than Texas. For one, there is so much road. Then add that the landscapes vary dramatically from rugged Big Bend to the rolling green hills of the Texas Hill Country. You can take a coastal drive along the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy the ocean views while on South Padre Island. Even though the landscapes changes, several things are constant: you can always count on friendly people and the food—Tex Mex, barbecue, and more—will never disappoint.
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23593 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669, USA
Towards the end of March, the fields of Texas start to glow with the bright iridescent green of spring. A few weeks later, the green is joined by a deep cerulean blue and a fiery red, as pockets of bluebonnets, the beloved state flower of Texas,...
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TX-118, Alpine, TX 79830, USA
Just over an hour and a half from Big Bend National Park, the funky West Texas town of Marfa draws artists and cowboys, hipsters and hippies, and West Texas road trippers. Marfa’s iconic PRADA store sits alongside a desert highway, curiously...
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140 N Graham St, Stephenville, TX 76401, USA
When it comes to road trips, many times the back ways are the best ways—full of hidden gems that you would never otherwise see from car windows flying down the interstate. One such drive in Texas consists of taking the back roads, namely Highway...
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9665 TX-35, Palacios, TX 77465, USA
The two most famous and popular beach cities in Texas are Galveston and South Padre Island, about 6 1/2 hours from one another along the Texas shore. Start in Galveston and enjoy a few days in this historic city. Walk the Strand (seen here), lined...
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5800 Ranch Road 32, Fischer, TX 78623, USA
Off of Highway 281 at Blanco, head on to Farm Road 32 to start your journey on this Texas scenic drive known as the Devil’s Backbone. It’s a loop that runs through the Texas Hill Country from Blanco to Wimberley, over a limestone ridge. While the...
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US-69, Jacksonville, TX 75766, USA
The East Texas Piney Woods region may take your breath away as you stretch your neck backwards and gaze up at the streams of sunlight shining through the canopy of towering pines. But from Love’s Lookout, an elevated spot that is perched on top of...
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The Guadalupe River that runs through the Texas Hill Country is a destination for Texans, and visitors from elsewhere, to raft, canoe, fly fish, and float. Much of the river is shaded by overhanging branches of pecan and cypress trees, and because...
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850 FM 390 E, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
What was originally an east-west Indian trail, La Bahia Scenic Highway stretches from western Louisiana to southeast Texas. Rich in history, it was the first highway to be designated a scenic highway in Texas. Begin in Burton and make some stops...
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Comprised of over 800,000 acres of West Texas lands and largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography in the U.S., Big Bend National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful scene of rugged and sweeping terrain. Because of its size, there are a...
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6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214, USA
Unlike many national parks, San Antonio Missions isn’t just one location. Rather, the park comprises a chain of centuries-old Catholic mission churches snaking along the San Antonio River. A daylong tour introduces travelers to several of...