Relax and unwind on one of these Texas road trips with a view.
Sometimes the best travel discoveries happen when you’re on your way somewhere else. Or sometimes, you don’t know where those special places are. We gathered a few of our favorite Texas road trips with a view. Whether you stay for a while or drive by, dive into these Texas Travel Talk community road trips.
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Texas Road Trips With A View
How often do you plan a simple getaway, and when you arrive, the place is nice, but the view is crappy? On top of that, some accommodations charge extra for a view. Not these places below –and no TV needed!
Sip Wine In Hye
There’s a lot of hype about wineries in the hill country, especially in Fredericksburg. But if you want to undertake a Texas road trip with a view AND sample great wine, don’t pass up the lesser-known towns on your way to that place. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on fabulous wines and views! The Texas Wine Trail led us to Hye, and so glad it did. I’m in love with this small town. I consider it a hidden gem in the Texas Hill Country!
Come along and hang out in Hye, TX, with Jill Robbins and her husband as they tour the wineries and sample the wines in this area of Texas Hill County. It will make planning your relaxing getaway all worth it.
The Beautiful Blanco State Park
Blanco is one of Texas Hill Country’s small towns that most people drive right through. How can that be with this gorgeous view in the park? And this photo was taken the day after the February 2022 winter storm. I would have never known about this beautiful park and view if my girlfriend had not taken me there while on our wine touring trip.
Blanco may not have any wineries, but this state park view is worth visiting! Don’t pass it up!
Don’t Pass Up Conroe, TX
When on your way to the big city of Houston from the Dallas area, don’t pass up Conroe. I (Kim Croisant) don’t know how many times I’ve done just that when driving into Houston to see my great aunt. I recently visited Conroe, and surprise me not, the city is rocking with the fabulous Margaritaville Resort, the fantastic lake the resort sits on, nice restaurants in the area, and everything about downtown. Read all about the Margaritaville Resort on Lake Conroe that I wrote about in 2022.
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Enjoy The View At Hilton Granite Plano
When I partnered with Plano two summers ago, they didn’t hesitate to book me in a hotel by Hilton. I didn’t think anything of it until my grandson and I arrived. This Hilton Granite Plano views The Boardwalk Granite Park – a collection of waterfront restaurants. Yes …water – and a beautiful foundation in the middle. All we had to do was walk out of the hotel and onto the boardwalk to the restaurants. It was surreal…even Brody loved it.
Float Down The Brazos In Granbury
Many families take road trips to New Braunfels to float the Guadalupe River. And while you might not say, “let’s plan a family road trip” to Granbury, Texas, this gem, only 37 miles from Fort Worth, is worth a visit during your road trip to the city!
With the Brazos River looping through it, it’s an oasis of weekend fun, plus a walk to the beach is a short distance from downtown. Our friends at Weekends Count shared this story on 10 Family Travel Experiences in Granbury.
Watch A Sunrise In Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Don’t miss the chance to experience a sunrise over Lone Star State’s famed Palo Duro Canyon State Park. If you’re taking a road trip through the Panhandle destination of Amarillo, this canyon is among nature’s most amazing spectacles. There are also cabins for rent in the area. Esther Irish of the Laugh With Us blog shares a photo essay of sunrises over the Palo Duro Canyon.
Take A Hike At Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center is a sight, but you’ll need to travel to Dripping Springs in the hill country to see it. It’s a true hidden gem because even locals have never been there …or heard of it. To get to this view (above), you must hike to see it. Look at their website and see if the hike down to it is something you can manage. Me – it was too much for me. I ached for three days afterward. But well worth the hike for hikers who are in good shape. Lots of steep stairs to go down, then up.
See The Dogwoods In Palestine, Texas
Springtime is the perfect time for a road trip with a view as the dogwoods come out to play. Every year at this time, visitors from all over visit this area in East Texas to see the dogwood blooms. While you’re there, you may want to ride the Texas State Railroad to Rusk and back for a scenic tour of dogwood trees, pinewood, rolling hills, nature, and wildlife.