The Ultimate Texas Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 6 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

Considering Texas is the second-largest state in the nation, it only makes sense that every corner would be chock-full of hidden gems. Tucked away along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande Valley is no exception. This remote, often overlooked region is a nature lover’s paradise, and we’re taking you on a 3.5-hour road trip to six of the best spots to visit! Come see why these hidden gems of the Rio Grande Valley are so wonderous:

Click here for the Google Map that will serve as your guide on the trip.

How many of these hidden gems have you visited? Would you take this road trip? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, and check out our previous article to learn more about Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park!

Address: 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516, USA
Address: 2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572, USA
Address: Boca Chica Boulevard, Boca Chica Blvd, Brownsville, TX, USA
Address: 22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566, USA
Address: 610 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA
Address: 3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

Hidden Gems of the Rio Grande

May 28, 2022

What are some delightful Rio Grande hidden gems?  

The Rio Grande Valley is almost a hidden gem in and of itself, but this hidden gem is home to many more hidden gems nestled within! Check out Port Isabel for some world-class shopping and a stunning lighthouse that’s sure to enchant. South Padre Island in Texas is worthy of a tropical vacation at least once, and the town of Weslaco is home to parks galore and plenty of vibrant history. Roma is a hidden gem in the Rio Grande Valley and serves as the last stop for steamboats on the Rio Bravo.  

Are there any quirky Texas hidden gems I can visit?  

There are so many quirky Texas hidden gems that you may not even know where to begin! After all, with a square mileage of more than 200,000 miles, Texas isn’t exactly the smallest place. Well, we happen to know about all kinds of fun, interesting or otherwise quirky Texas hidden gems just waiting for you to visit. Check out the town of Brownsville for the Boca Chica Park and Beach, a stunningly beautiful slice of Boca Chica State Park on the Boca Chica sub-delta of the Rio Grande. The town of Marfa is a delightful hidden gem for artists and paranormal enthusiasts alike, as it’s a hub for local arts and said to be haunted…by UFOs.  

What are some of the most beautiful hidden gems in Texas?  

Enough of the strange hidden gems in Texas, what are some beautiful hidden gems in Texas, we hear you ask. Well, we’re glad you asked because we have many favorites. Among our picks for some lesser-known beautiful places in Texas are places like Hueco Tanks State Park, tucked away in El Paso County. The geography and geology of the park are quite interesting, and it makes for an unusual slice of the Texas landscape. The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is another favorite scenic hidden gem in Texas, complete with a waterfall and surrounded by beautiful forest west of Austin.  

Address: 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo, TX 78516, USA
Address: 2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572, USA
Address: Boca Chica Boulevard, Boca Chica Blvd, Brownsville, TX, USA
Address: 22688 Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566, USA
Address: 610 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA
Address: 3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572, USA