There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned road trip to feed your thirst for adventure, help you get away from the everyday grind, and give you a fresh perspective on life. Here are some of our favorite picks for a weekend out on the road.
Austin is the live music capital of the world, which means you’ll get to experience some incredible tunes during your visit. Add to that an eclectic art scene, innovative culinary experiences, beautiful hiking adventures, and a rich history to explore, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a weekend road trip.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro Canyon State Park offers so much to see that you’ll want to explore it in little stretches, whether by foot, mountain bike, horseback, or even in the comfort of your car. You’ll get to see all kinds of local wildlife, from the Palo Duro mouse to the wild turkey, as well as the stunning vegetation that grows in the Staked Plains, like blackfoot daisies, buffalo grass, and yucca.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a weekend destination where you can enjoy a little self-care, this is the place for you. Be sure to spend some time at Grape Creek Vineyards, where you’ll find 22 acres of heaven with a Tuscan-inspired tasting room. You’ll have art galleries to visit and delicious food to try, and you won’t want to miss a visit to Prickly Pear Spa for premium relaxation.
Davy Crockett National Forest
Featuring more than 160,000 acres of streams, wildlife habitat, and woodlands, Davy Crockett National Forest is a must-see destination for all you nature lovers. There are plenty of opportunities for camping and outdoor activities (including lots of hikes!), making this a great way to escape when you need a little peace and quiet.
If you love HGTV, then this destination will probably be high on your priority list – and why not, when it’s only about two hours away? You’ll definitely want to start at the Magnolia Market at the Silos, but when you’re done, be sure to check out some less famous (but no less interesting) local attractions like Cottonland Castle, Country Spring Vineyard and Wine Garden, Waco Mammoth National Monument, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
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