From canyons to coastal shores to various state parks, there are so many things to do in Texas! We’re sure you’re wondering where to even start! With approximately 268,820 square miles of land to explore, you’re bound to come across some of the best scenery, little shops, charming dining and of course attractions that are only home to the great State of Texas!
Here’s a little guide for some places you should consider visiting on your Texas road trip:
The Marfa Lights
If you enjoy a little mystery and unexplainable phenomenon, then make sure to stop to see the Marfa Lights. First accounts of “dancing lights” have been linked since the 19th Century by ranchers, apaches, high school sweethearts and famous meteorologist. It has been noted that these lights seem to dance on the horizon southeast of town. Though this part of town is nearly uninhabitable, people from across the country make their way in hopes of seeing this great mystery! The lights have been described to appear in different colors–sometimes red, sometimes, blue, and sometimes white! No matter what the season or weather, these lights appear randomly and throughout the night. The official Marfa Lights Viewing Area is located just 9 miles east of town on Highway 90, towards Alpine. It’s a mystery all right, so head that way with an open mind and find out for yourself!
While you’re visiting the Marfa Lights, feel free to explore the charming town of Marfa. The name itself is intriguing and with a little less than 2,000 citizens, Marfa has a unique and special quality to it. There are a vast array of art galleries, diverse dining options, shopping, specialty stores and much more!
Dinosaur Valley State Park
If you enjoy nature and history, consider a day at the Dinosaur Valley State Park. With fun for the whole family and located just over 4 hours from Houston, Dinosaur Valley State Park is a massive park in Glen Rose, on the Paluxy River. Known for all sorts of dinosaur-themed things, you can actually see dinosaur footprints!
While in the park, you can make a whole day of it–finding dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike or even look for a geocache. Whatever you enjoy, there’s plenty to do here! Also take a look at some surrounding area attractions such as taking a tour of the square, visiting Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum or the Somervell County Museum. There’s also the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, search for wildlife with the Cedar Loop Map, or visit the grave of Elizabeth Crockett, the wife of Texas legend, Davy Crockett.
Mason County-Topaz Hunting
The Tazas state gem is topaz, and is found within the borders of Mason County. It has been quite common for residents and visitors to hunt for natural topaz throughout the year, except during the months of November, December and early January, when ranches are closed for deer season.
If you’re interested in digging for topaz, visit one of the three Mason County ranches that offer the public the opportunity to go topaz hunting. Most of these ranches charge by the day, but you get to keep what you find! In fact, there is no commercial mining of Mason County topaz so some very nice stones have been found by people just like yourself. Feel free to contact the three ranches available for more information on this fun and unique experience: Bar M. Ranch, Garner Seaquist Ranch and Lindsay Ranch.
Another great park to visit in Texas is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The main attraction to this park is the ancient massive pink granite dome which rises above Central Texas. Enchanted Rock brings visitors from all across the country to see the scenery, rock formations and some even say the rock is magical! Much like other state parks, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing or climbing the giant dome to enjoy some of the best views of the surrounding areas!
The Best Things to Do in Texas
Other places to consider on your stop would include a visit to the giant steer statue at Big Texan Steak Ranch where you can challenge yourself to a high 72-ounce steak, visit Cadillac Ranch for some uniquely decorated art pieces of old Cadillacs, explore the caves at Cascade Caverns, or visit Palo Duro Canyon known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas”.
As you can see, there’s so many different places to visit in the Lonestar state! This is just a small guide of some of the best things to do when you head out for your road trip! We hope you have a very fun and safe time on your travels and please give us a call if we can help you buy or sell your next home!