Let’s face it, everything about Texas is BIG! The sheer size of this state alone can make it overwhelming to pick out just a handful of places to see when there is so much to choose from.
Since we happen to have a great selection of RV resorts along I-35 from the Dallas/Fort Worth region to San Antonio, we figured we would focus on this area and take you on a Texas road trip that you’ll never forgot. Let’s take it from the top.
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
This bustling metropolis, sometimes referred to as The Metroplex, has all of the glittering appeal that you would expect from the central hub of North Texas with a great combination of culture and history that attracts millions to this neck of the woods each year.
In the Historic West End District of downtown Dallas, you’ll find The Dallas World Aquarium, which showcases exhibits for both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. This gem also houses an array of birds, mammals and amphibians from across the world and is an educational epicenter that brings wonder to all ages! Just outside of the downtown area, a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will transport you to another world full of exotic natural beauty. Explore the 66 acres of manicured grounds nestled on the shores of White Rock Lake and discover an array of gorgeous foliage with enjoyable events available year-round.
Over in Fort Worth, experience a taste of the Old West at the famous Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where you can see the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and enjoy more than 100 new shopping, dining and entertainment venues hosting visitors from all over the world. Just minutes away, you’ll find the Fort Worth Zoo, for a wild, fun-filled time that the whole family can enjoy. Another must-see attraction in this area is the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys football team and the world’s largest domed structure! This unique stadium also doubles as an art museum with an impressive collection of contemporary artwork and architecture to enjoy throughout the facility.
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The City of West
On your way down from the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, make a pit stop along the I-35 corridor off of exit 353 in West, Texas for a bite at the famous Czech Shop. This local bakery promotes Czech heritage, serving up tempting morsels like Kolaches, which are made fresh daily.
Welcome to Waco
With your belly now full of delicious Czech fare, head back on I-35 to exit 335 and stopover at lovely Waco. A little known fact about the state of Texas is that most locals refer to all soda as a Coke, even if it’s not a Coca-Cola, and the town of Waco just happens to be the birthplace of a very famous Coke – Dr. Pepper! The Dr. Pepper Museum is dedicated to the history and preservation of this popular beverage, which houses one of the finest collections of soft drink memorabilia in the world, including items not only Dr. Pepper related, but from the entire industry “from Pepsi-Cola to Kickapoo Joy Juice,” according to their official website.
Waco is also home to the undeniably Texan institution known as the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, honoring those who have served or currently serving the Texas Rangers. A legendary symbol of Texas and the American West, visitors can get up close and personal with artifacts and archives regarding the proud history of the Texas Ranger, while the Hall of Fame commemorates the service and sacrifice of 30 individuals worthy of this distinction.
Trains in Temple
Take a detour at the train depot in Temple, just off exit 301 from I-35 for a tour of the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. This attraction is housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot, which was built in 1911 – a fitting backdrop for the exhibits that explore the history of the railroad and topics related to its regional and local history. Outside of the depot, visitors can see a collection of railroad equipment displayed on the grounds, which is next to an active railroad yard where you can observe the daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak.
About an hour south, just off exit 234, is the State Capitol of Austin, where the Capitol Building, conveniently located right downtown, is a must-see structure for most tourists. Towering more than 300 feet tall, the Texas Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols and hosts guided tours of this historic building all year long.
Just 20 minutes south of the downtown area is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, located at The University of Texas. Here, you can explore the Center’s extensive grounds, which feature nine acres of cultivated gardens, a 16-acre Texas Arboretum, a Family Garden, and three miles of trails.
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Have an adventure in New Braunfels at the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, right off of exit 187, which features a variety of animals from across the globe. Originally established in 1967 as a snake farm, this facility became a prominent roadside attraction providing a home to an extensive collection of snakes, reptiles and other exotic animals. Since becoming a fully accredited zoological park in 2007, the Animal World & Snake Farm is now home to over 500 different species of animals!
If you’re looking for some wet and wild fun during the summer months, you should try tubing on the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers! Make sure to visit one of the experienced River Outfitters to ensure a great time on the water.
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San Antonio Treasures
We’ve now made it to the last stop on our Texas road trip, the City of San Antonio! Here, you’ll experience an area where modern and historical worlds meet in this unique and thriving metropolis.
Take an excursion just north of downtown San Antonio and discover the Natural Bridge Caverns, where you’ll find natural wonders around every corner! Explore passages and formations in the network of caves with one of the guided tours or have an adventure at other available attractions like the canopy challenge with vertical obstacles and exhilarating zip lines, the open air maze challenge, or the gem and fossil mining.
In the downtown area, situated among the towering skyscrapers and countless tourist attractions, is the Alamo, one of the most important historical sites in the world. This must-see historical landmark ranks as one of the most popular with those visiting this state and is known as the heart of San Antonio. Just a short walk from these hollowed grounds is the famous San Antonio River Walk, an urban waterway featuring a paved walkway running along the riverside with walking bridges to navigate from side to side and river taxies for a totally different perspective. The River Walk offers an endless array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment with great scenery that’s a feast for the eyes and the soul.
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Visit all of these wonderful attractions or pick out your favorites for the ultimate Texas road trip from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Antonio!