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Texas Road Trip – Driving the Lonestar State

Road trips are the best way to see multiple cities in one vacation. We've made a list of the best places in Texas for your road trip to stop for eats, drinks, lodging and the all-important IG opportunities.

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Taking a Texas road trip from El Paso to Fort Worth is one long, unforgettable adventure. Because the state is so diverse geographically, every city has unique characteristics making the number of things to see way more than you could ever imagine.

Getting to El Paso

El Paso is the farthest western city in the state, literally right on the border of both New Mexico and Mexico. The easiest way to get here is by flying into the El Paso International Airport. From here, you can rent a car at the airport and be on your way to our first destination.

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Aerial view of the city of El Paso, Texas
Aerial view of the city of El Paso, Texas

Marfa, Texas

About a 3-hour drive from El Paso, Marfa is a small desert town that has been growing in popularity over the years. Famous for the abandoned Prada store art installation and the Marfa Lights, people from all over have taken the time to visit here. Marfa is what makes this part of Texas so quirky and artsy.

Once you arrive, you can stay at the El Cosmico if you’re wanting a bit of adventure and don’t mind sleeping in a teepee, or try the Thunderbird Hotel for a retro-style stay.

The downtown part of Marfa has art galleries, shops, and dining, as well as a few great places to grab a cocktail.

For dinner, grab a bite to eat at Restaurant Cochineal or Food Shark, and then have a drink or two at Planet Marfa, a rare garden-like space with a teepee and vintage school bus.

After drinks, head out to catch the Marfa Lights. These lights have been mysteriously appearing for hundreds of years and no one knows what they are or where they’re coming from. It’s said that James Dean used to watch them frequently at night during the filming of the movie, Giant.

Close to Marfa is also the national park of Big Bend and other small towns with big personalities.

San Antonio, Texas

Five hours and forty minutes later, you’ll be in the heart of San Antonio, known for the infamous Alamo, symbolizing the beginning of Texas’s independence from Mexico, and the beautiful River Walk.

Book your stay at Hotel Havana, or for a little more upscale accommodation, try Hotel Emma.

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

Along the River Walk, you’ll find so many restaurants to choose from. Acenar offers fun ambiance, while restaurants such as Biga on the Banks offer better fine dining.

You’ll also find several theme parks in San Antonio including Six Flags and SeaWorld, and if it’s in season, definitely attend a Spurs game.

Corpus Christi, Texas

Just two hours south of San Antonio lies Corpus Christi, a coastal town right on the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a day at the beach, go fishing, or even visit the Texas State Aquarium to learn about the regional sea life.

After a long day, grab some oysters at the Water Street Oyster Bar or check out the Snoopy’s Pier and watch the boats drive by. At Scuttlebutt’s Bar & Grill, you can bring in your catch from the day and they’ll cook it up for you! They also offer over 29 premium craft beers.

For more cocktails, check out beachside bars like Komoko’s at Emerald Beach or Fajitaville on the beach! 

Austin, Texas

Take I-37 North to I-35 until you’ve reached Austin – the live music capital of the world and the capital of Texas. This city is vibrant, eclectic, and inspiring! There is something in Austin for everyone whether you like to be outdoors, like to bar hop, or just like trying really good food! Austin has it all.

There are lots of hotels downtown, but Hotel Van Zandt and the Line Austin are the best bang for your buck. The Austin Motel is perfect for a more quaint, authentic Austin experience.

Austin is booming with restaurants. There are plenty no matter what kind of cuisine you’re in the mood for. If you like BBQ, try La Barbeque or Franklin’s. If you want Tex-Mex, check out Chuy’s or Trudy’s

Austin has several nightlife scenes. For a night out, Sixth Street tends to be mainly tourists and college students but can also be a lot of fun. West 6th and Rainey Street tend to be more young professionals and not as crazy.

Night skyline of Austin, TX
Night skyline of Austin, TX

Dallas, Texas

Three quick hours north taking I-35 from Austin and you’ve made it to Dallas! Dallas is known for several sports teams and is a big hub for several industries, including the airlines.

There are several hotels in Dallas proper including the Omni for upscale accommodation, the Sheraton, which is close to the Art’s District, and also the Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown being a bit more affordable.

Located in Grapevine, the Gaylord Texan and the Great Wolf Lodge are also great places to stay if you don’t mind spending the money. There also just great spots to visit for the day! You can add in a few hours of shopping at the Grapevine Mills Mall

For great BBQ, head over to the Pecan Lodge. Gloria’s also has great Tex-Mex

At the end of the day, Deep Ellum and Uptown are the best spots for nightlife.

Dallas skyline.
Dallas skyline.

And Now You’ve Conquered Texas….Almost!

Texas is absolutely huge, the second largest state in America, so it would take you a while to road trip the entire state. But the cities on this road trip highlight the best stopping points and give you a taste of everything Texas has to offer. You start in a desert, make your way to the beach, and end in a large city. All you have to do first is book that flight to El Paso and make it happen!