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Texas Road-Trip Destinations and Road Trip Safety

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As the largest state in the contiguous United States, Texas has a well-deserved reputation for doing everything big. Covering more than 261,000 square miles, Texas has room for a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for an unforgettable road trip here, you’ll find there’s always something exciting to see. Consider some of these stellar spots for your next Texas escape.

Texas Road Trips

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Amarillo

Head toward the Panhandle for a visit to Amarillo, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventures. You can explore the lush landscaped land at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens or experience the rugged natural beauty of the area at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Palo Duro is the second-largest canyon in the country and a stunning choice no matter how you choose to experience it.

The park features several trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can also explore the canyon by car. If you do so, make sure your driver pulls off safely and stops to enjoy the scenery. Don’t let the breathtaking vistas distract you from the road. You can find more canyon views on TX-207 between Claude and Silverton.

Corpus Christi

If you’re interested in a beach vacation, take a weekend road trip to Corpus Christi. Make a leisurely exploration of the area. Stop on the northwest side for bird-watching in Hazel Bazemore Park, head to central Corpus Christi to do some shopping in Lamar Park, and make your way to the Bayfront for entertainment, arts, and culture.

Fishing is a wildly popular activity in this Gulf Coast destination. Bring your poles if you have them, but make sure your gear is stowed safely for the drive. Distracted drivers are a major hazard on the roadway, and poles that aren’t properly secured are sure to draw your attention away from the task at hand.

Dallas

For metropolitan appeal, Dallas is an obvious road trip destination. Houston and Austin are between three and four hours away, so you’ll have a decent stretch of driving from one of these major cities, yet still enjoy plenty of time at your weekend destination. Like much of Texas, Dallas has a larger-than-life personality with so many attractions you can tailor your visit to nearly any interest. If you love wildlife, visit the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Zoo. Art aficionados will be thrilled by the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Driving in Dallas is notoriously tricky, so it’s important to research your route ahead of time. Don’t wait for a last-minute prompt from your GPS to turn, as it may come too late in the city’s congested traffic conditions. Familiarize yourself with the route before you get behind the wheel and practice extremely defensive driving in this city.

Wherever you’re headed, make sure you prepare wisely for your road trip in Texas. There are many rural stretches of road, so you should always have a travel emergency kit on hand. Keep paper maps in the car in case your phone fails you, and stock up on water and snacks, so you can comfortably handle any unexpected situation.

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