It’s time for another road trip, y’all! This one is definitely long overdue since Texas is so full of beauty. But no worries, we’re gonna see it all, from the rushing waters of Gorman Falls to the towering mountains of Big Bend. The entire trip takes around 20 hours, so you’ll probably want to take a long weekend and spend the night in a few places – an easy and relatively cheap thing to do on this trip considering campgrounds are available at nearly every stop.
As usual, the Google Map with detailed directions has been made for you and can be found
here. All you have to do is sit back, drive, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that our state has to offer. Happy road tripping!
1. Caverns of Sonora (Sonora)
Repeatedly dubbed one of the most beautiful caverns in the entire world, you won't soon forget your experience here. You can choose from several tour options of varying difficulty and admire the ancient, breathtaking rock formations surrounding you at every turn.
2. Lost Maples State Natural Area (Vanderpool)
With fall almost upon us, I couldn't resist adding Lost Maples to this road trip. The vibrancy of the leaves from September to December is so breathtaking, it almost looks photoshopped! Plus, the hikes aren't too strenuous, so almost everyone can enjoy this beautiful natural area.
3. Jacob's Well (Wimberley)
Although not so hidden anymore, Jacob's Well is definitely still a gem. The idea that a 200+ foot deep hole in the earth exists right here in Texas is a thrilling (and terrifying) thought. But even if you aren't a daredevil, the sheer beauty of this natural wonder is too great to pass up. No need to jump off the rocks into the black abyss below to experience all the well has to offer - all you need to do is simply admire it. Whether you do that up close or as far away as you can possibly get while still maintaining a view is totally up to you.
4. Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs)
I know I say this a lot, but I truly believe Hamilton Pool is the most beautiful place in Texas. The limestone overhang, the picturesque waterfall slowly trickling onto the rocks below, and the blue-green pool of water come together to make one of Mother Nature's finest creations.
6. Willow City Loop (Fredericksburg)
If you haven't yet had the opportunity to drive this loop and drink in the gorgeous sight of vibrant wildflowers lining the roadside, you're truly missing out. Although the peak of the season was a few months ago, there really isn't a time aside from the dead of winter when this drive won't take your breath away.
7. Enchanted Rock (Fredericksburg)
Also in Fredericksburg is the famous Enchanted Rock, which was named by Native Americans after they observed mysterious fires glowing in the night and heard creaking and groaning with no apparent source. We now have logical explanations for both occurrences, though the creepiness of the legend is still very much intact. From a distance, the rock appears pink, and the road leading up to it is lined with bright blue wildflowers just like the previous destination, making for an absolutely picturesque drive.
8. Gorman Falls (Bend)
Next, we're headed to a place that'll make you feel like the king (or queen) of the jungle: Gorman Falls. After a short hike, you'll come upon a towering (over 60 foot tall!) waterfall that will enthrall and calm you at the same time. If you've never been in a place where the sound of rushing water overpowers everything else, you'll be thoroughly amazed at how peaceful it is.
8. Palo Duro Canyon (Canyon)
The fact that we have our own "Grand Canyon" second in size only to the real thing makes me pretty darn proud to be a Texan. I haven't had the opportunity to see it in person yet, but I have a feeling pictures don't even begin to do its beauty justice. Layers upon layers of red rock almost tell a story of hardship and triumph as the canyon fought against the elements to build itself up millions of years ago. Even without having been here, I'm absolutely sure it's an unforgettable experience.
9. Big Bend (Big Bend National Park)
And last but certainly not least, we have the ever-present giants looming over West Texas: the Chisos Mountains, otherwise known as Big Bend. All I have to say is make sure you schedule your hikes for sunset so you can capture this picturesque scene for yourself.
Who’s ready to hop in the car? I know I am. For a spooky road trip that’s perfect for the upcoming October holiday, check out