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Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes road trip fun! As one of the hottest spots for art and artistic expression in the country, there is so much to learn and see about local Texan culture and history.
It’s the perfect launching pad to go road tripping from, whether it be for a day, 3 days, or even a week.
Explore the beautiful city and outskirts of Dallas, a modern metropolis, and see why it’s the fastest growing metro area in the United States!
Seven Day Road Trip Ideas
If you’ve opted to go on a week-long adventure, buckle up and prepare for a 7 day jam-packed journey you won’t soon forget!
Fort Worth Zoo
Start your travels at the Fort Worth Zoo, aka the #1 zoo in the nation (according to USA Today)! Only a short drive from Dallas, this zoo offers a full day of fun watching tigers, elephants, iguanas and more as you make your way through the park.
Kimbell Art Museum
Also located in Fort Worth is the renowned Kimbell museum. Walk through the halls and immerse yourself in Asian, European, and African art gathered from around the world. The best part? Tickets to the “Kimbell Collection” are free!
Magnolia Market at the Silos
Head a bit more south down to Waco, Texas, and you may have a run-in with HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines! Their business, commonly referred to as just Magnolia Market, houses retail stores, a bakery, and an on-site barn for shoppers to admire. This can take up an entire day, or just an hour or so, depending on what you want to see of the Market.
Dr. Pepper Museum
While in Waco, stop by this gallery for a full history of the soda company and its origins. The museum gift shop is the perfect place to buy a keepsake from your road trip. You can also sign up for a Make-A-Soda experience. Choose a flavor and get to work!
Miller Springs Nature Center
As you travel down the state, get out and stretch your legs for a day at Miller Springs Nature Center. The scenic nature preserve allows bird watching, hiking, and picnics. Walk one of ten possible loop trails down to the river or Belton Dam, and keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife inside the preserve.
Cap off your many days of travel with a well-deserved sit-down meal at Franklin Barbeque. With famously good food and the lines to prove it, it might be best to bring a folding chair and a deck of cards to pass the time.
You’ll look and feel just like an Austin local! While in Austin, see if you can catch a live show, too. The city is known for their live music scene!
3 Day Road Trip Ideas
The perfect length for a few days of adventure, this road trip itinerary is the best way to spend that long weekend!
Despite being the famous stadium the Dallas Cowboys play in on Sundays, this must-see football landmark is actually located in nearby Arlington, Texas. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to snag tickets to a game!
Known as the town that originated the hamburger, this small town offers much more than just good burgers. A drive by the downtown area to look at the many stores, restaurants, and historic buildings is well worth a few-hour pitstop.
Lake Whitney State Park
This hour and a half drive from Dallas is for more than just a standard state park experience: Go out to Lake Whitney for a day of scuba diving adventure! If you’re not certified and have 3-4 day’s time on your hands, you can even get your diving certification here!
State Fair of Texas
For three weeks out of the year, Dallas is home to the Texas State fair. If it’s that time of year, be sure to stop by on your way back to Dallas and grab a corn dog or two. Also at the fair are amusement park rides, food tastings, gardens, a car show, art exhibitions, and live music.
As a staple of Dallas and the biggest event of the year, this state fair is a bucket list item you’ve got to see to believe!
One Day Road Trip Ideas
Do you live in the Dallas area, and just want a day to better explore the area you live in? Take a day and see the best of what Dallas has to offer!
Dallas Museum of Art
Remember that art scene I was telling you about earlier? The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the United States and is nestled right in the art district. Spend hours or even a day looking through 5,000 years of collected art from around the world!
Meyerson Symphony Center
Also located in Dallas’s expansive art district is the iconic Symphony Center. It is ranked as one of the greatest orchestra halls in the world. Finding it won’t be difficult, either. Towering and angularly shaped, the Center has giant glass windows that form into a huge dome that could be seen from miles away.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
If there’s one thing you need to see while exploring the city of Dallas, it’s this historic site. Dedicated to the life, accomplishments, and eventual tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy, this transformed former Book Depository building boasts photographs, artifacts, and more, all pertaining to the life of the late President.
Any one of these options (or if you can, all of them) are great spots to get a feel for the culture and ambience of Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding area. These are just a few of the endless options North Texas has to offer, so get ready to do some exploring of your own!
Whether you’re a nature explorer, history buff, scholar, art lover, or music fan, find it all here. Experience the rich history of this growing metropolis for a day (or seven!) and find a new appreciation for the state you love.
I'm the owner of Beast Auto. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I love anything automotive related, and taking road trips all across my beautiful state.