The only thing bigger than the Lone Star State is the vast Texas sky, where opportunities to explore the nation’s most mythological state are as abundant as the stars you’ll see beyond the bright lights of Dallas–Fort Worth. Ride off into a few sunsets and hit the trail for Texas-sized adventures off the beaten path with a few of these unforgettable road trips:
Nothing says Texas like Luckenbach. The town’s not much of a town at all, it’s more like an old post office, general store and dance hall. Thanks to the Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson song, Luckenbach’s so famous that the highway department can’t keep road signs up. Here, you may run across a party celebrating the 300 millionth birthday of the armadillo or line dance to a country-western band or run into Willie himself.
Luckenbach, only about 250 miles from Lennar’s new homes for sale in Dallas, is something of a suburb of Fredericksburg, just 10 miles away. German pioneers settled in the inspiring Texas Hill Country in the 19th century. Today, you’ll find some of the best apple fritters in the state, along with authentic German fare and, in the springtime, fields of Texas’s signature bluebonnets.
From there, San Antonio is due south. Everyone knows the romantic River Walk and nobody forgets the Alamo. So treat yourself to El Mercado, the old market just outside of downtown, for authentic Tex-Mex food and souvenirs like candied jalapeño peppers and Mexican crafts.
From there, jump on Hwy 90 for a trip through old, old Texas to the funky towns along the Mexican border. Keep going straight for about 400 miles until you get to Big Bend National Park, which is about 10 percent larger than the state of Rhode Island. Hire the old man at the Rio Grande River to splash you across into Mexico on a donkey or hike up the Chisos Mountains for a breathtaking view or soak in one of the park’s natural hot springs.
After that, as the famous song says, try to make Amarillo by mornin’. The 390-mile drive takes you to the Cadillac Ranch, where graffiti-covered cars are impaled in the west Texas dust; to the Palo Duro Canyon, Texas’s smaller take on the Grand Canyon; to and Spanish Revival buildings on the nation’s mother road, Route 66.
The drive from Amarillo to DFW is about 365 miles, but be sure to drive another 100 miles farther east to Tyler, America’s Rose Capital, where you may very well find the famed Yellow Rose of Texas. And, finally, stop by Canton, roughly 60 miles from your new Lennar home, for a tasty burger of elk, duck, venison or wild boar burger at the Dairy Palace. Only in Texas.
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