If you love to travel, one of the best ways to experience a place up close is by taking a road trip – and why not spend your next jaunt travelling across the great state of Texas? Home to numerous exciting urban centers, historical landmarks, and incomparable natural vistas, you won’t be disappointed by a road trip through Texas.
Start With The Car
If you’re going to take a road trip through Texas, you’ll need to have the right set of wheels. Even in fall and winter, Texas can get pretty warm, so you’ll want a car with air conditioning. And of course, no matter where you’re traveling you’ll want a car that gets excellent gas mileage so you don’t spend your whole vacation budget on fuel.
Current wheels don’t fit the bill? Take out an auto loan for a respectable used car. If you go through a trusted dealer and ask for a Carfax report before you buy, you’ll be sailing along under the big Texas sky in no time. You’ll probably be going pretty fast, too – the speed limit in Texas is higher than in many parts of the country. Consider it the closest you’ll get to the Autobahn without leaving the country.
Music To Your Ears
One of the things that Texas is best known for is its music scene, so if there’s something you’re interested in checking out we suggest you head to Austin, a city that boasts over 250 live music venues and a long list of festivals. And don’t think Austin is just for country music lovers – with the motto “Keep Austin Weird” you’ll find a little bit of everything in this laid back city. Then in between shows, catch a moment of peace and quiet at Lady Bird Lake or Mayfield Park.
An Answer To The Northern Lights
Everyone loves to gush about the beauty of the Aurora Borealis – also known as the Northern Lights – but it’s awfully cold up in the parts of the world where you can view this natural electric light show. For a warmer alternative, consider a trip to the tiny Texas town of Marfa known for Marfa’s Mystery Lights.
Why have you never heard of Marfa’s Mystery Lights before, you may wonder. Although this phenomenon was recorded as far back as 1883, their highly restricted location has kept this natural wonder out of common knowledge. Still, on clear nights between Marfa and Paisano Pass, you can witness a light show like no other. Stay two nights if you can in case you happen to run into cloudy weather.
Remember The Alamo
No Texas road trip would be complete without a visit to the Alamo in San Antonio, which is the number one tourist destination in the state. But do you remember the Alamo? Unless you’re nearly 200 years old, you weren’t around for the particular event commemorated here, though you may know a little about the history of what happened here – a pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution. And for those less interested in military history or Mission architecture, there’s always the nearby marketplace at River Walk and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
Are you ready to take on a Texas road trip this summer? All you need is a car, a map, and a sense of adventure – let Texas do the rest.