Texas is five times the size of New York, so it’d be easy to spend months road tripping and still not see everything. We’re here to narrow it down. From “everything’s bigger in Texas”-esque journeys to trips for the foodies and ghosties (is that a thing?), here’s the top five must-drive routes for Texas travelers.
5 – Hunger on the Road. All that driving’s hungry work! While Texas is known for its barbecue—and there’s certainly some on this trip—this ultimate foodie’s road trip includes much more than just that. Enjoy the Tex-Mex the state is so famous for while adding in some German and Czech flair. Klobasnek, anyone?
4 – Ghost Town Traveling. Not for the faint of heart, this road trip takes travelers through the creepiest towns in the state. Pick a few or hit them all, but keep your wits about you as you confront the ghosts of farming communities and beach towns of years past. From the drowned to the abandoned, there are plenty of stories to uncover on this route.
3 – Small Town Texas. Ready to get out of the cities? Take a walk on the wild side in small-town America, with this trip through Central Texas. From Brenham to Fredericksburg, experience tiny cafes, painted churches, and all kinds of hidden gems in these towns where locals can spot a stranger from a mile away.
2 – North to South (sort of – spoiler alert). Sharing the podium (we don’t like to choose favorites, despite our, um, plentiful top 5 lists…) is Houston to El Paso’s perpendicular (sort of) sister, Amarillo to Galveston. This route starts at the midpoint of Route 66 and takes wanderlusters through Wichita Falls and Dallas down to where the ocean meets the horizon in Galveston.
1 – East to West. In the category of ultimate Texas road trips, Houston to El Paso stands on the podium. 1,022 miles, from city to wine country to optional white sands (not optional?!), this trip is sure to get you in a Lone Star state of mind. Your choice how quickly (or slowly) you breeze through it.
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