A road trip through Texas was never something on my bucket list.  I don’t know much about Texas. It’s the 2nd largest state in the country & smack-dab in the middle of the bottom, so I’m traveling through it.  I have friends in Austin. I’ve booked a bunch of business travel to Texas but it’s never been a vacation planning destination for me.

But now I’m here.

Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX

I went on Facebook & asked my tribe if/who/what they recommend for travel in Texas and everything was on the east side of the state, except Marfa.  Marfa is southwest. Amarillo is north. It was one or the other & I took pictures of spray painted Cadillacs.

Based on friend recommendations & some internet research, I’m planning on spending a little more than a week in Texas & seeing the following places, if it all fits in:

  • Austin - friends & food
  • Houston - Space Center, Art Museum
  • San Antonio - Riverwalk, Pearl District
  • San Antonio Missions National Park
  • Fort Worth Zoo & Stockyards
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park
  • Waco Mammoth National Park
  • Luckenback
  • A Cave without a Name - Boerne, TX
  • Lockhart
  • Highway 290, Fredricksburg, Wine Country
  • LBJ National Historical Site - Johnson City
  • Tyler Creek Wildlife Refuge

Today, all I did was finish driving from New Mexico to Fort Worth.  I was going to go to the zoo but decided that after three tourist sites yesterday & driving across New Mexico on Saturday, I wanted a break. I got BBQ, did yoga in my hotel room, watched some reruns of Gilmore Girls & marveled at how many places there are to stop between Fort Worth, Austin & San Antonio.

The general route is going to be Fort Worth > Austin > San Antonio > Houston & then figuring out my plan north.  

My new kitchen, parts of it. 

My new kitchen, parts of it. 

The cabinets arrived in Detroit.  Things in the condo are happening on or ahead of schedule.  At the same time, I don’t really have a reason to rush. Who knows if or when I’ll have time to travel through East Texas again.  

Staci Lichterman