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10 Texas road trips to take this fall

Fuel up your car and hit the road for this fall tour of the Lone Star State.

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore Wine Country. | Photo by @kdsplaces2c

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This beautiful fall weather is just begging to be enjoyed — and what better way to do that than with a little fall getaway?

Texas is a big state, y’all, so we called in reinforcements from our pals at ATXtoday and SATXtoday to help us with this round-up. Austin and San Antonio are not included in this list, as we’ll leave those guides to the experts.

Explore these 10 Lone Star State destinations for a short road trip.


Relax on the restaurant patios surrounding Klyde Warren Park. | Photo by @liurongqing

Foodie forays

Dallas | ~35 minutes east
Don’t forget to pack your appetite as you spend a day across the metroplex to explore an eater’s paradise at the Dallas Farmers Market.

Fredericksburg | ~4 hours southwest
Plan a weekend trip to the Texas wine capital and explore vineyards and tasting rooms.

Boerne | ~4.5 hours southwest
Work up an appetite for fresh farm-to-table recipes at The Dienger Trading Co. after a cave tour.


Marfa’s Prada store is an iconic landmark.

Photo by Lee Andrews

Artistic escapes

Waco | ~1.5 hours south
Get ready to style your home with picks from Magnolia Market at the Silos + stop by the Dr. Pepper Museum to learn the secret 23 flavors.

Luckenbach | ~4 hours south
Thanks to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, this small Central Texas town is a country music haven.

Marfa | ~7 hours southwest
Drive into the sunset for this West Texas artist paradise with larger-than-life roadside art and the miniature fake Prada store.

Photo of a riverbed.

Hike, skip rocks, and soak up the sun while you search for dinosaur tracks at the state park. | Photo by @dinovalleysp

Outdoor adventures

Dinosaur Valley State Park | ~1 hour southwest
Hike through history in Glen Rose + peek in the Paluxy River for sauropod tracks from the land before time.

Colorado Bend State Park | ~3 hours southwest
Explore 35 miles of trails and hike to a 70-ft waterfall in Bend.

Jacob’s Well | ~3.5 hours south
Take a drive down to Wimberley for a dip in this enchanting swimming hole.

Galveston Island | ~5 hours southeast
The beach is hot in the summer — but fall is a perfect time to look for shells along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Readers’ road trip recs

Fort Worthians are hitting the road. Last week, we asked about your road trip preferences, and here’s what y’all said:

It’s not really a road trip until you drive at least three hours.

Set that GPS for “The Wild” because Fort Worthians want to get outside and explore nature — as long as we don’t have to sleep outside.

While we might not be a camping bunch, we’re not afraid to try different hotels, inns, and rentals.

But no need to book a double room — whether it’s a romantic getaway or best friend adventure — the perfect road trip is just for two.

And if you can’t decide on what to listen to, set the playlist to shuffle with these varied recommendations:

  • “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
  • “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
  • Audible books
  • Rockabilly
  • Oldies
  • 80s
  • America’s Greatest Hits
  • British Invasion
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