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Everything’s bigger in Texas--including our road trips. Sure, getting to any other big city within the Lone Star State is a road trip in itself, but Texans make those trips so often that the miles marked have lost their luster. And because we are glass-half-full kind of people, we consider it a blessing that wide open spaces connect us to some of the Southwest’s most beautiful attractions, even if that means driving all day to see them. Here, our picks for the best road trips.


Dallas to Fredericksburg, TX (4 hours, 15 minutes)

Texas wine. Live music. Wildflowers galore. What’s not to love here? Check into your cottage at the Sugarberry Inn bed-and-breakfast and then hit the ground running. Whether you are indulging at one of the area wineries, climbing Enchanted Rock or swooning over the fields and fields of fresh lavender, a weekend getaway here reconnects you with the Texas that country songs are written about.

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Dallas to Fayetteville, AR (5 hours, 15 minutes)

OK, stay with us here. If your college football fandom finds you in hog country, do yourself a favor and get there via the 19-mile Pig Trail. This scenic portion of State Highway 23 is a gorgeous tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. If time allows, make a detour to check out Devil’s Den State Park. Two words: rock dams.


Dallas to Mustang Island, TX (6 hours, 20 minutes)

There’s the easy beach road trip (Galveston) and then there’s the better one. This 18-mile stretch of island near Port Aransas is lazy and luxurious, just like every good beach town should be. We can’t stop dreaming about the 2015Coastal Living Showhouse in Cinnamon Shore and planning our ideal retirement retreat for 2056-ish.


Dallas to Marfa, TX (7 hours, 30 minutes)

Dearest El Cosmico, no matter how hard we try, we can’t quite shake the urge to want to grab our girlfriends and stay in one of your glamorous yurts on your “nomadic” hotel. If art is more the draw for you, a stay at the brand-new Hotel Saint George is a must. Want to keep the road trip going? Big Bend is only 90 minutes down the highway.


Dallas to Albuquerque, NM (9 hours, 35 minutes)

Warning: This trip is a true trek and reserved for those who sincerely believe that the best part of any trip is the journey. Travel into West Texas and eventually you’ll find yourself in New Mexico’s high desert amongst green chiles and Native American handicrafts galore. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is slated for October 1 to 9, in case you want to plan your trip around this aesthetically pleasing party in the sky.

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