Best Road Trips to take in Texas This Fall
Is the hint of fall bringing out your inner wanderlust and calling you to adventure? The great thing about living in Texas is that vacation spots are as diverse as the landscapes. From feeding your inner-city slicker to letting the nature-lover in you run free, there are great vacation spots a short distance away, from anywhere in the state. Pull out your calendar, because these locations are begging to be visited this fall!
Hill Country Wineries
The scenery draws you in, but the wine entices you to stay. The Texas wine county, including local vineyards like the Spirit of Texas Winery in Early, TX, is a gem featuring winding rivers and towns laced with German heritage. While wine is popular, BBQ is still king in Texas. Check out local hotspot Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que for a truly mouthwatering experience. To work off the food, take a walk through the endless pastures and pop into watering holes to experience local music and Texas hospitality.
Keep Austin Weird
Our neighbor-city to the south, Austin, is a great weekend getaway to feed your inner foodie, music-lover, and really anything else you might desire. Austin is full of adventure, with hikes through Zilker Park that will take you by the picturesque Lady Bird Lake. If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure, head to the Cathedral of Junk. Located in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, a three-story structure made out of more than 60 tons of recycled materials has risen up. This is one spot that would only be found in Austin!
Go West, Young Man
The flat landscape of the metroplex may cause you to forget Texas is one of the best places to hike. Head west to hotspots such as Big Bend National Park or the Balcones Canyonlands National Refuge to soak up the landscapes. Big Bend National Park is commonly rated as a favorite spot for hikers. With trails for both the experienced hiker and the day-trip enthusiast, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Location, location, location! J. O. Langford bought the land surrounding the hot springs sight-unseen in 1909. With much help from Cleofas Natividad, the Mexican man who had been farming this land with his family, Langford built his home on this bluff overlooking the river. “It was high,” he describes, “with everything open to the south, so that we had a wonderful view of the Rio Grande canyon below, and would catch every breeze that came across the mountains in Mexico during the summer.” Follow the Hot Springs Historic Trail to take in the view Langford and his family woke up to every morning. #history #bigbend #hotsprings
If adventure is calling you westward, make sure to check out Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. This gigantic public art installation features dozens of old Cadillacs half-buried in the desert sand. The cars have been spray painted by visitors, and offer a truly unique backdrop in the Texas flatlands. Spray painting is encouraged, so make sure to bring supplies to leave you mark on these ever-changing pieces of art.
Thanks to Chip and Joanna Gains, Waco has put itself back on the map. Head down I-35 to experience the new Fixer Upper headquarters: the Silos. Filled with eclectic home furnishings and a hub for food trucks you can easily leave here with an empty wallet, but a happy heart. In addition, stop by local favorites such as Health Camp and Common Grounds to find some of the best milkshakes and coffee this side of the Brazos. If you happen to end up in Waco during a Baylor home football game, make sure to check out the brand new, state-of-the-art stadium. No tickets? No problem. See if you can join folks on their boat for sail-gating right outside the stadium.
Fall is a great time in Texas marked by a reprieve from the excessive heat. Take this time to explore all that Texas has to offer!