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12/27/2017 11:53 AM

Me and the girlfriend are planning a trip to Texas around April. We will be there for 2 weeks.
I roughly put some destinations on google maps:

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does this seems like a trip worth doing?
What are the things that we really need to visit?

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12/27/2017 2:32 PM

What is the purpose of your trip?

Dallas and Fort Worth have a lot to do. Chicks usually like the aquarium in dallas. There are several quality craft breweries if you like beer. If you wanted to duck a little further south, you could hit the casino at Shreveport.

It's always fun to get on the ferry in Galveston and go across the ship channel. You can usually see dolphins if you watch for them. There is a restaurant called Stingarees. It's a bit of a dive but it's got good food and it's literally right next to a cargo ship run and you can watch ships go by while you have a drink or two.

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12/27/2017 3:01 PM

Once you hit Texas on IH10 to Houston and then to Dallas that will make for a pretty shit poor tour of Texas. Extend it on out a couple days and make Texas worthwhile. Like Iwreckalot mentioned, head off IH10 near Winnie and drive along the beach. Skip Stingarees and grab some food at Steve's Landing. Catch the ferry across to Galveston for a few sights then on to Houston. From Houston, head west to Luling, fill up at Bucee's world's largest gas station and 7-11. BBQ at Luling City Market or continue towards Austin through Lockhart for Black's, Smitty's or Kreuz Mkt. BBQ, all best of Texas stuff there. Grab a room in Austin and catch the bat's flying out from under the Congress Ave bridge at nightfall then catch a little Sixth Street weirdness, bars and music. Head on out towards Fredericksburg for some Texas Hill Country scenery. Drive out to Enchanted Rock, take in some of the wineries, Garrison Bourbon, Deep Eddie's Vodka, Twisted X brewery, shops in town and stay in a cabin at Barron's Creekside. From there make your way to Dallas.

Before hitting Luling, you could drop down to Shiner and tour the brewery for a few free samples!

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12/27/2017 3:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/27/2017 3:37 PM

Hey if you are going to be in Texas in April you should check out Diamond Don's Riverport International VMX event and AHRMA national,

http://www.diamonddon.com/

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12/27/2017 3:48 PM

Reese95w wrote:

Hey if you are going to be in Texas in April you should check out Diamond Don's Riverport International VMX event and AHRMA national,

http://www.diamonddon.com/

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That’s close to Shreveport so you could catch Dons after Dallas on your way out of Texas. Would be a stop to include if you can schedule it in. Such a cool little town and a hell of a party.....I mean race!

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12/27/2017 3:57 PM

Dallas specifically the Galleria mall area is nice. Tons of high end restaurants and bars. DFW is by far my favorite area to be an adult in. I would personally extend that trip straight south through Austin and San Antonio, they are both great towns to visit. The River Walk in San Antonio is very nice. There isn't much through I-10 into New Orleans, but of course any self respecting adult should give the French Quarter a visit. The party is 24/7 and the city is very unique. You'll either really dig it or think it's the dirtiest shithole you've ever visited. Heading back up through Alabama I would make a swing past Barber Motorsports. Largest bike collection in the world, that alone is worth the visit.

If your trip is in any way moto related there are half a dozen tracks off the top of my head you should hit up in the DFW area. Underground MX, Oak Hill MX, River Valley, Village Creek, Edge, Johnsonville, and Swan a little further south just to name a few. If you do head south on 45 there are even more tracks near Houston like Rio Bravo or 3 Palms.

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12/27/2017 5:07 PM

Lots of great ideas above. With the lines drawn in your map, you gotta fix that to include Austin and San Antonio. You won’t regret it. I’d say two of the best cities in Texas for tourists. So much to offer. Also in April there is a HUGE antique fair in Warrenton, Tx. It’s pretty cool. Lots of food and music and “junk” to check out. Also lots of hot girls in skirts shorts and boots laughing cool

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12/28/2017 7:31 PM

I AM FORM TEXAS AND WHEN WE GO ON A ROAD TRIP WE ALWAYS BRING RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS FOR KIDS AND TRY TO GESS THE NEXT TOWN MY FAVERITE IS TO GO TO CYCUL RANCH AND TO DALLAS AND HOUSTON WHEN WWE COMES TO TOWN

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12/29/2017 6:02 AM

tylermx967 wrote:

I AM FORM TEXAS AND WHEN WE GO ON A ROAD TRIP WE ALWAYS BRING RAND MCNALLY ROAD ATLAS FOR KIDS AND TRY TO GESS THE NEXT TOWN MY FAVERITE IS TO GO TO CYCUL RANCH AND TO DALLAS AND HOUSTON WHEN WWE COMES TO TOWN

YOU ALWAYS LIKE TO STOP AT ALL THE WAFFLE HOUSES ALONG THE WAT TOO. MOMMA PLEASE!

http://kron4.com/2017/12/28/watch-massive-brawl-inside-ohio-waffle-house/

It's Ohio in the vid, but most states will do.

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10/18/2019 9:01 AM

We weren't able to make this trip because rebuilding our house became priority number one the last few years.
Doing basically everything by ourself we were able to save some money. So after all the hard work the last few years we treated ourselves with a trip to texas next year. We will go in April. How will the weather be ?
I've roughly put some destinations on google maps. Any ideas/ alternatives are more than welcome.
We will be there for about two weeks. Big bend will put us on the road for about 16 hours. Is it worth it?

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10/18/2019 9:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/23/2019 10:48 AM

In my opinion, if you really want to see what Texas is all about, stay away from the big urban areas as much as possible.

There are (in my opinion) three distinct areas of the Texas back country that are worth the trip... ...and I am simplifying this quite a bit…

West Texas - sweeping views and lonely at times….
South Texas (Gulf coast) – salty air and big beaches you can drive onto…
East Texas – forests and swamps, and that “largest” knife store that I can’t remember where is exactly…

…again, I am simplifying, pick one (or two) of those areas of Texas while driving the back roads and you will have a trip you can look back on without regret…

...edit...
If you can put off the trip till the week of April 8 2024, you will be able to witness a Solar Eclipse across Texas. My wife and went up to Nebraska a few years back to get outselves into the path of totality out on a lonely back road and it was a lot of fun.

...EDIT to add eclipse path map...

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...Oklahoma would be better though...
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10/18/2019 11:31 AM

Oklahoma? sick

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10/18/2019 11:42 AM

Bypass the big city and head out to Gruene, Texas. Also, +1 on the road atlas, saved my bacon when the ole GPS goes fritz.

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10/18/2019 11:56 AM

Also, Buceees will blow your mind

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10/19/2019 11:14 PM

good call going thru Port Aransas to Corpus Christi, love that part of the coast.

I have a strong west end Galveston bias, but I'd suggest going from Galveston thru San Luis Pass to Surfside, to hug the coast as much as possible towards 35.

I've never been to big bend so can't comment.... Texas is freaking huge!! haha

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10/20/2019 8:58 AM

https://www.traveltexas.com/plan-a-trip/travel-guide/

Free travel guide. Just might have some interesting things to consider.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

10/21/2019 1:56 PM

SEEMEFIRST wrote:

https://www.traveltexas.com/plan-a-trip/travel-guide/

Free travel guide. Just might have some interesting things to consider.

Thanks, that's actually a good site.

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10/22/2019 5:26 AM

Man, if you're here in April, especially the first half of April, that's peak wildflower season and all through East Texas and the coastal plain and central Texas, it'll be carpets of flowers. There's a whole genre of landscape painting and photography dedicated to capturing these vistas. Not overwhelming like the Alps or Tibet or such, but quite beautiful. Weather should be pleasant spring stuff, not hot yet, rain possible but usually not a monsoon season. Best time of year to road trip.

Grabbed a photo example quickly, this one's by Laura Vu and looks like central Texas:
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10/22/2019 1:34 PM

speedman wrote:

Man, if you're here in April, especially the first half of April, that's peak wildflower season and all through East Texas and the coastal plain and central Texas, it'll be carpets of flowers. There's a whole genre of landscape painting and photography dedicated to capturing these vistas. Not overwhelming like the Alps or Tibet or such, but quite beautiful. Weather should be pleasant spring stuff, not hot yet, rain possible but usually not a monsoon season. Best time of year to road trip.

Grabbed a photo example quickly, this one's by Laura Vu and looks like central Texas:
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That's the Texas Hill country ? I think we can fit this area in our schedule.
How's the Texas coastline ? Let's say between Galveston en Port Aransas?
What about the ranches? Are they all spread out over Texas? Or is their a specific region ?

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10/23/2019 12:51 PM

speedman wrote:

Man, if you're here in April, especially the first half of April, that's peak wildflower season and all through East Texas and the coastal plain and central Texas, it'll be carpets of flowers. There's a whole genre of landscape painting and photography dedicated to capturing these vistas. Not overwhelming like the Alps or Tibet or such, but quite beautiful. Weather should be pleasant spring stuff, not hot yet, rain possible but usually not a monsoon season. Best time of year to road trip.

Grabbed a photo example quickly, this one's by Laura Vu and looks like central Texas:
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D_L118 wrote:

That's the Texas Hill country ? I think we can fit this area in our schedule.
How's the Texas coastline ? Let's say between Galveston en Port Aransas?
What about the ranches? Are they all spread out over Texas? Or is their a specific region ?

Ranches are everywhere. The biggest is around corpus Christi. The King Ranch. It's stupid big.

The coast gets better the further south you go.
The Trinity river delta keeps the water muddy around Galveston.

Do a satellite search and you can see where it turns blue again.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

12/22/2019 3:50 AM

Trip is coming together.
Any experiences to share about BIG bend ? We're going 1 or 2 days. I know it's big. But can you drive around the park easily?

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12/22/2019 4:54 AM

Kansas ... where you can watch your dog run away for two weeks.

heard that one a while back ... still makes me laugh.

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12/23/2019 7:47 AM

Texas Hill Country...take the Devils Backbone route, you won't be disappointed

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12/23/2019 2:15 PM

3 sisters is cool too, even in a cage.
Some call it "twisted sisters".

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.