When you hear “Texas road trip”, what images come to mind? Cowboys? Beaches? World-class music venues? All of those are accurate, plus there’s so much more to experience when you come to the Lone Star State. Come along on a whirlwind tour of ten essential Texas stops no visitor should miss.
Lone Star Essential #1: Stockyards National Historic District-Fort Worth
This vibrant cultural and historical district has shopping, dining and plenty of Texas cowboy-themed attractions, so why not make it #1 on your Lone Star Itinerary?
Lone Star Essential #2: Dallas World Aquarium
From the red-backed bearded saki to mysterious seadragons and giant clams, the creatures here will captivate the most jaded Texas travelers.
Lone Star Essential #3: – Austin Live Music Venues
If you’ve only got a day or two to explore, order tickets for Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater. You should also plan to crawl the Warehouse District, 2nd Street District and East Sixth venues to hear your all-time favorite musicians plus up and coming stars.
Lone Star Essential #4: San Antonio River Walk
Five miles of shops, restaurants and Spanish architecture along the San Antonio River have thrilled visitors for decades. Whether you hope to find artistic treasures or the best Margueritas in Texas, you’re bound to find them along the River Walk.
Lone Star Essential #5: USS Texas – La Porte
If history’s your thing, the Battleship Texas is a ‘don’t miss’ Lone Star attraction. The only remaining US battleship to have served in both World Wars, it’s an enormous floating museum worth spending a day exploring. You’re also a quick walk away from the San Jacinto Battleground, making this a double-dip Houston area essential.
Lone Star Essential #6: Palo Duro Canyon – Texas Panhandle
Did you know the country’s second largest canyon is tucked away in the Texas Panhandle? Palo Duro Canyon is a wonderland of hiking, biking and riding trails and the view is breathtaking everywhere you turn.
Lone Star Essential #7: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
There’s no shortage of theme parks in Texas, but if you’re hoping for classic, family-friendly fun on the Gulf of Mexico, head to Galveston. The Pleasure Pier has been rebuilt to match its World War II era glory, with eateries, rides and amusements for the whole gang.
Lone Star Essential #8: Padre Island/Corpus Christi
So much to do here, you’ll want to stretch your vacation. South Padre Island with its beaches, hotels and attractions, Padre Island National Seashore—undeveloped dunes and beaches teaming with wildlife, and Corpus Christi’s Bob Hall Pier and adjacent Padre Balli Park offer a world of fun on the water.
Lone Star Essential #9: Texas State Railroad-Rusk to Palestine, TX
Tour the East Texas Piney Woods Region by vintage railcar on a twenty-five mile trip from Rusk to Palestine. Lots of options for excursions, but book your tickets early, this one’s popular!
Lone Star Essential #10: Lake Sam Rayburn, Jasper, TX
At more than one-hundred-thousand acres, this lake in Deep East Texas is sure to deliver on fishing, boating, swimming and just plain relaxing on the water. Bring the bass boat—the largemouth population is epic!
Round up the family and make tracks to Texas—these ten essential stops are just the beginning of a memorable Texas adventure.
Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over two decades. He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States. Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations.