It goes without saying, but this year feels very different. Some of the usual weekend activities are no longer an option, so if you’re looking for something fun to do, a road trip is an answer. Whether it’s a day or a weekend trip, these are the perfect places to explore with your friends.
Marfa is something out of a movie set. Set in the middle of nowhere in west Texas, this town is hippie-meets-cowboy, and it’s filled with funky shops and restaurants. It’s seven and a half hours from Dallas, but there are tons of places along the drive to explore, including Frederiksberg and the Monahans Sandhills State Park.
Marfa also has the famous “Prada store” which feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s only 30 minutes outside of Marfa. It’s a blank store-front that was created as an art installation to represent western consumerism. If you’re wanting to stay for the weekend, Marfa has a campground called El Cosmico. They have the cutest pink airstreams, tepees, and yurts available.
Big Bend National Park
On the way to Marfa is Big Bend National Park. A great place to stop and take a quick hike to Cattail Falls and then get back on the road!
Even though Austin is a big city, it has a surprising amount of nature activities that are very covid safe! Of course, it has the lake, which is so fun to rent paddle-boards or kayaks on for a couple of hours, but it also has tons of hikes.
Austin has some incredible restaurants like Lenoir, Bar Peached, and Odd Duck. There is no shortage of things to do or places to eat in Austin!
Luxury glamping is the perfect girls trip idea if you are looking to stay overnight. If all of your friends pitch in, it’s not expensive, and it’s such a nice change-up from the typical day to day life.
While in Wimberley make sure to go swimming in Jacob’s Well. It’s a beautiful spring that you won’t believe is in Texas!
The cowboy capital of America. If you’re already going on a road trip, Bandera is the perfect pit-stop. The charm of this adorable town will make you feel like you’re transported back in time. It’s super fun to go on a horseback riding tour of the beautiful rolling hills or grab a raft and float the Medina River that runs through Bandera.
There are so many great places to explore that aren’t that far from Dallas. These destinations will make you feel like you took a mini vacation. Happy road-tripping!
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