January 19, 2018

The 20 Best Texas Road Trips You Need to Take Before You Die

Obviously there's plenty to see across the great state of Texas. No matter what direction you go in, you're bound to find something quirky or that takes your breath away. We picked 20 spots for you to check out before you die (though there's plenty more – you've got time). Heck, make this your bucket list for the year. Start planning your next adventure.
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Prada Marfa
US-90, Valentine
Sitting 1.4 miles northwest of Valentine (aww), this 2005 art installation brings a bit of couture to the West Texas desert. While you may not make to the catwalk, go strut your stuff at Prada Marfa.
Photo via Instagram / marcus__the__bear
Prada Marfa
US-90, Valentine
Sitting 1.4 miles northwest of Valentine (aww), this 2005 art installation brings a bit of couture to the West Texas desert. While you may not make to the catwalk, go strut your stuff at Prada Marfa.
Photo via Instagram / marcus__the__bear
Devil’s Sinkhole
101 N. Sweeten St., Rocksprings, (830) 563-2287, tpwd.texas.gov
This national natural landmark is home to one of the state’s largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. Oh, and a cavern that is creepy AF. It’s vertical, and supposedly the largest single-chamber cavern in Texas. With a depth of 140 feet, you’ll see for yourself why it has the name that it does.
Photo via Instagram / texashighways
Devil’s Sinkhole
101 N. Sweeten St., Rocksprings, (830) 563-2287, tpwd.texas.gov
This national natural landmark is home to one of the state’s largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. Oh, and a cavern that is creepy AF. It’s vertical, and supposedly the largest single-chamber cavern in Texas. With a depth of 140 feet, you’ll see for yourself why it has the name that it does.
Photo via Instagram / texashighways
Stonehenge II and Easter Island Heads
120 Point Theatre Rd S, Ingram, (830) 367-5120, hcaf.com
Why travel across the world when you can just drive for a few hours to take in the wonder that is Stonehenge… II? Whether you believe in aliens or just like creative photo spots, this slightly smaller version of Stonehenge is a must-see. Oh, and the wacky minds behind this project also included some Easter Island heads for extra giggles.
Photo via Instagram / barbhie_
Stonehenge II and Easter Island Heads
120 Point Theatre Rd S, Ingram, (830) 367-5120, hcaf.com
Why travel across the world when you can just drive for a few hours to take in the wonder that is Stonehenge… II? Whether you believe in aliens or just like creative photo spots, this slightly smaller version of Stonehenge is a must-see. Oh, and the wacky minds behind this project also included some Easter Island heads for extra giggles.
Photo via Instagram / barbhie_
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, (806) 488-2227, tpwd.texas.gov
Did you know that the second largest canyon in the country is right here in Texas? Well, now you do. Before you put the Grand Canyon on your bucket list, hit up Palo Duro for a smaller but just as grand experience. Here you’ll be able to camp, hike, go horseback riding (yikes!) and bird watch. Stop by in the summer for an outdoor theater performance of TEXAS (yes, really).
Photo via Instagram / nature_delicious
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, (806) 488-2227, tpwd.texas.gov
Did you know that the second largest canyon in the country is right here in Texas? Well, now you do. Before you put the Grand Canyon on your bucket list, hit up Palo Duro for a smaller but just as grand experience. Here you’ll be able to camp, hike, go horseback riding (yikes!) and bird watch. Stop by in the summer for an outdoor theater performance of TEXAS (yes, really).
Photo via Instagram / nature_delicious
Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, (817) 392-7111
Sitting in downtown Fort Worth, this sculpture brings the rushing waters to you. A mixture of architecture and engineering, this spot is great for a boujie photoshoot or to just appreciate the marvel that it is.
Photo via Instagram / barbhie_
Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, (817) 392-7111
Sitting in downtown Fort Worth, this sculpture brings the rushing waters to you. A mixture of architecture and engineering, this spot is great for a boujie photoshoot or to just appreciate the marvel that it is.
Photo via Instagram / barbhie_
El Cosmico
802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, (432) 729-1950, elcosmico.com
This bohemian-inspired lodging spot in the middle of the desert offers the ultimate road trip experience. While the drive out to Marfa is pretty uneventful, the chance to unwind under the stars in a trailer, yurt, teepee, or safari tent is one to make sure happens sometime this year. Plan ahead so you can snag a spot for the Trans-Pecos Festival in the fall.
Photo via Instagram / rowdydugan
El Cosmico
802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, (432) 729-1950, elcosmico.com
This bohemian-inspired lodging spot in the middle of the desert offers the ultimate road trip experience. While the drive out to Marfa is pretty uneventful, the chance to unwind under the stars in a trailer, yurt, teepee, or safari tent is one to make sure happens sometime this year. Plan ahead so you can snag a spot for the Trans-Pecos Festival in the fall.
Photo via Instagram / rowdydugan
Cave Without A Name
325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, (830) 537-4212, cavewithoutaname.com
Skip Natural Bridge Caverns and head over to Boerne to visit Cave Without A Name. The cave is 66 degrees year-round and offers a breathtaking natural experience that makes for great photos.
Photo via Instagram / lingeringmagic
Cave Without A Name
325 Kreutzberg Rd, Boerne, (830) 537-4212, cavewithoutaname.com
Skip Natural Bridge Caverns and head over to Boerne to visit Cave Without A Name. The cave is 66 degrees year-round and offers a breathtaking natural experience that makes for great photos.
Photo via Instagram / lingeringmagic
Cadillac Ranch
13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo
This public art installation is a famous one out in Amarillo. Dating back to 1974, artists Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels took junk Cadillacs to show the evolution of the car line from 1949 to 1963. Now, the half-buried nose-first cars welcome visitors to add to the art with their own graffiti.
Photo via Instagram / mommaminser
Cadillac Ranch
13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo
This public art installation is a famous one out in Amarillo. Dating back to 1974, artists Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels took junk Cadillacs to show the evolution of the car line from 1949 to 1963. Now, the half-buried nose-first cars welcome visitors to add to the art with their own graffiti.
Photo via Instagram / mommaminser
Texas Eiffel Tower
2025 S Collegiate Dr, Paris
Where else would this be but Paris, TX? The locals must have a sense of humor. If only we could turn that cowboy hat blue…
Photo via Instagram / hectorial_geographic
Texas Eiffel Tower
2025 S Collegiate Dr, Paris
Where else would this be but Paris, TX? The locals must have a sense of humor. If only we could turn that cowboy hat blue…
Photo via Instagram / hectorial_geographic
Reimers Ranch
23610 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, (512) 264-1923, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Looking to get out of your comfort zone? Try rock climbing over at Reimers Ranch, where there’s spots for both newbies and experts alike. Once you’re finished (and undoubtedly on an adrenaline high), take a dip at Hamilton Pool.
Photo via Instagram / angelato_park
Reimers Ranch
23610 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, (512) 264-1923, parks.traviscountytx.gov
Looking to get out of your comfort zone? Try rock climbing over at Reimers Ranch, where there’s spots for both newbies and experts alike. Once you’re finished (and undoubtedly on an adrenaline high), take a dip at Hamilton Pool.
Photo via Instagram / angelato_park