Texans, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, here are some road trip ideas to get you out of the house and into nature. From beach-side escapes to underground caves, there is something in Texas for every type of traveler.  

The four-and-a-half-hour road trip from El Paso to Big Bend National Park takes you along the Mexican border to a “solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert”.  The park is known for its beautiful views, hundreds of bird species, and canyons made from ancient limestone. Once there, you can enjoy hiking, camping, and scenic drives along cactus-lined roads.


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Head south on I-35 to Cascade Caverns, located just under two hours from Austin. Carved beneath the Texas Hill Country, a world of natural beauty awaits you. Your guided one-hour tour will take you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty in this underground, natural environment.


Explore the beaches, harbors, and various attractions in Corpus Christi, located about four hours south of Houston. The Padre Island National Seashore is a popular destination, boasting the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life.


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Perfect for all ages, Dinosaur Valley State Park is anhour and a half drive from Dallas. While there, find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit the interpretive center.


Enchanted Rock is just atwo-hour drive north of San Antonio. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. Enjoy hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, bird watching, nature, and star gazing while exploring this natural oasis.