No feeling quite compares to escaping into the mountains and leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind for a short while. This West Texas road trip was designed to do just that, with stops at Big Bend, McDonald Observatory, Guadalupe Mountains, and several other noteworthy destinations.

With cooler weather on the horizon, climbing to peaks and hiking through valleys won’t be quite as miserable as it is during the summer. You might even see some breathtaking fall foliage!

As usual, the Google Map with exact addresses + directions can be found here. The entire trip takes about 13 hours, so we’ve included one overnight stop to break it up. You could complete the drive in a weekend, but feel free to camp overnight at any of the parks to allow for more time at each place.

Could you see yourself taking this mountain vacation? What destinations would you add? Let us know your thoughts!

To learn more about the charming mountain community featured in this article, check out Why Everyone In Texas Should Visit This One Tiny Town.

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