Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripTreats #CollectiveBias Road trips are one of my most favorite things. I don’t even care if there is a set destination in mind. It’s so fun to plan the trip and all the odd, yet fun, things you can stop and see along the way. We’ve lived in Texas two years already, but I’m still finding new places I want to visit. I’ve constantly got an ever evolving list going. Most of these are off the beaten path, so I wanted to share.
When I plan a road trip, I throughly research the route. I want to know if there is anything to see or do along the way. If I’m driving a reasonable distance, I want to squeeze in everything possible. Who knows when we’ll be back again? I also make sure I know the hours and cost of places. The worst thing is driving for hours to get somewhere and realizing they are closed already. I also tend to write down any addresses, so it’s easy to map without having to search again. The kids are normally along as well, so we make sure we have snacks before we leave. I always want something right away and it’s cheaper to pick stuff up at Walmart than hitting up all the convenience stores. If you enter the sweepstakes here, you can win gift cards to make your trip better!
Monahans Sandhills State Park
You may be familiar with White Sands, New Mexico. Rolling sand dunes that you can sled down. You can do that in Texas too. Monahans Sands State Park offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, and sand surfing. The park also has the sleds for rent onsite. This one is located on I-20 in West Texas, about 5 hours from both Dallas and San Antonio.
Fredericksburg has become well known for their wineries. It has been called the Napa Valley of Texas. There are over 45 wineries and vineyards in the area and there are many tours available. This is great with girlfriends, but not with my kids. There are a number of historical museums that my kids have enjoyed. The National Museum of the Pacific War, The Pioneer Museum, the Nimitz Museum, Ft. Martin Scott, and just a little down the road is the LBJ National Historical Park which is his ranch and his house that was called The Texas Whitehouse. Fredericksburg is in Hill Country, 1.5 hours from San Antonio and Austin.
Caverns of Sonora
As far as caves, Carlsbad Caverns is well known and if you’ve been to San Antonio, you’ve most likely heard of Natural Bridge Caverns. Caverns at Sonora, located in West Texas is not as well known, but is a Natural Landmark and recognized internationally. It’s right off I-10 in Sonora, about 2.5 hours from San Antonio.
Located in East Texas, Nacogdoches is a truly adorable town. The downtown has brick paved streets, with cute boutiques, shops, and restaurants. The town is also full of history. Take in the history, stop at the brewery downtown, do a little shopping, and eat all you want. The town also has a variety of bed and breakfast inns to stay at. It’s perfect for a weekend away for a couple or a family. It’s about 3 hours from Dallas and 2 hours from Houston
Dinosaur Valley State Park
I’m a big fan of state parks and Texas has some great ones. If you’ve got a dinosaur lover, you can take them to see real, fossilized dinosaur tracks. The tracks are in a river bed and not always visible, so check their social media before you go. The park also has hiking, camping, and fishing. About 20 minutes down the road is the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. You can drive through or take a guided tour over 9 miles to see a variety of animals. Dinosaur Valley is 1.5 hours from Dallas.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
This is the second largest canyon in the country, with the Grand Canyon obviously being first. Second place isn’t bad though. It’s 120 miles long, has an average width of 6 miles with the max being 20 miles, and has an average depth of 820 feet. Lighthouse Rock is a commonly photographed landmark. You can explore the park by hiking, biking, horseback riding, or car. It’s 6 hours from Dallas, but less than an hour south of Amarillo.
Now, back to the snacks. It’s not a good road trip without snacks! We like to bring along a good variety. I prefer sweets, but my son likes his salty snacks. Have you tried the Milka OREO bars? Milka bars are awesome, but adding OREO to them brings it to an entirely different level. We also like the RITZ Crisp&Thins, as they have 50% less fat per serving than regular fried potato chips. Drinks are also a must for trips. We like the 7UP® 12 oz. bottles, so the kids can easily reseal them and I love their smaller size and that they are caffeine free!