Texas road trip

7 Scenic Road Trips In Texas

The Lone Star State covers a whopping 773 miles from East to West. In between, you’ll find a plethora of great Tex-Mex food, wildflower fields and unique history. In fact, Davey Crockett famously said, “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas”  If you’re trying to plan a Texas road trip in this beautiful wide-open state, get started with any one of these seven scenic drives. 

Scenic Texas Road Trips

1. Pineywoods Autumn Trail

Take in gorgeous hues of red, yellow and orange on this scenic fall foliage route. The Pineywoods Autumn Trail will take you through 145 miles of magnificent autumn scenery. Even better? It’s full of great day stops such as the East Texas Arboretum and Tara Vineyard and Winery. This route is perfect for anyone looking for a few quiet and calm days in the country.

2. Gateway to Big Bend

Highway 90, also known as the “gateway to Big Bend” offers some of the most stunning views in the Lon Star State. Marvel at the gorgeous horizon of the Chisos Mountains that wait in the distance and enjoy a famous Texas sunrise. Gateway to Big Bend is the perfect road trip for adventurous travellers on their way to the state’s famous national park. 

3. Lonesome Highway

This never-ending stretch of road leads to the breathtaking Guadalupe Mountains. On the Lonesome Highway, you’ll see very few cars but plenty of gorgeous candy coloured skies and wide-open Texas plains. This unbelievable beautiful highway is the perfect choice for a Texas road trip. 

4. Davis Mountains Scenic Loop

Load up the car and head for Fort Davis to embark on this grand highway adventure. The Davis Mountains Scenic Loops begins on highway 118 and follows west to spur 78. At only 75 miles, this fun road trip can be done in an afternoon. 

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5. Devil’s Backbone

There is no better way to experience Texas Hill Country than the Devil’s Backbone. The Devil’s Backbone is a limestone ridge which runs from Wimberley to Blanco with nothing but gorgeous scenery in between. In addition to beautiful views, it’s home to some of the states most haunted sites. Be sure to make time for Purgatory Road. Once you get to Blanco, be sure to check out Blanco State Park.

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6. River Road

FM 170, also known as River Road, is one of the best road trips to take in Texas. Running along the famous Rio Grande, this route starts in Lajitas and finishes in Presidio. Get lost in the desert stretches that hug the Mexican border on the River Road. This road trip is an excellent option for anyone headed for Big Bend. 

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7. El Camino Real Highway

El Camino Real, also known as Texas 21, is as historical as it is scenic. This route was originally used by Spanish missionaries and Native Americans as far back as the 1700s. Start your journey at the Toledo Bend Reservoir and keep going until you hit San Antonio. Feel free to stop every chance you get, there are plenty of historic landmarks along the way.

Texas road trip

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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