If you had asked me growing up if I would have gone to college in Texas, I would have laughed in your face. But I was in for surprise when I visited Dallas for the first time. No cowboy hats or boots in sight! HOLLA! Luckily, I found myself in a high-energy city, amazing restaurants, lots of concerts, and fantastic weather. So I went to SMU.
Fast forward to spring break my junior year of college. My best friend and I didn’t want to do Panama City Beach again or head to Cabo with the rest of our class. Instead, we hopped in the car and road-tripped all across Texas. I’d skip the Pizza Hut in Del Rio and bring a map for when your iPhone starts roaming. But DEFINITELY see Texas from the comfort of your car and check out these 10 great finds on your way:
- Kick off your road trip in DALLAS. Drive through Downtown, do some shopping in the Bishop Arts District, and grab some real Tex Mex. For the best food, check out the RESTAURANT list: dallas.
- Before leaving Dallas make sure to drive through my Alma Mater Southern Methodist University. Even if you aren’t looking to go back to school, the tree-lined Bishop Boulevard is simply beautiful. Grab some coffee on the COFFEE list: dallas before you hit the road.
- Head to AUSTIN. Some call it the Live Music Capital of the world, I simply say “it’s a BLAST.” If you’re traveling in March, check out SXSW. If it’s October, spend a day at Zilker Park for Austin City Limits. In any scenario, make sure to paddle board on Lake Austin under the skyline.
- If you can squeeze in the time, drive 30 minutes outside Austin to San Marcos for a day of tubing on the river. Kick back on an inner tube for under $5 and ride down the waterfalls at the end of the river.
- Drive 90 minutes south of Austin and find yourself in SAN ANTONIO. See The Alamo, walk along the Riverwalk, and most definitely get a pitcher of margaritas at Rita’s at one of their outdoor tables.
- Make the move West to TERLINGUA and find a casita on Airbnb to see the stars for a few nights in this small town. From the friendly locals to the incredible views, you won’t want to miss this ghost town. Grab some chips and salsa at Starlight Theatre and hear some local music. Easily, the best part of this Texas road trip.
- Wake up early and head to Big Bend National Park. Hike up to The Window, see Santa Elena Canyon, and definitely bring your water bottle. One of the most magical places in the United States.
- Head North to MARFA. Hard to explain, but once you make it there, you’ll get it. Make sure to reserve a tour for the Chinati Foundation. When the tour guides aren’t looking you can dance like Drake in the Dan Flavin exhibit and sing Hotline Bling. If you have a sweatshirt, definitely check out the Marfa Lights.
- It’s time to get those Instagram likes. Head 30 minutes outside of Marfa to see THE PRADA STORE IN THE DESERT.
- On your way back to Dallas, make sure to stop in Fort Worth. Finally see some cowboys, line dance at Billy Bob’s, and visit The Modern to see one of my favorite museums in the United States.