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Texas Road Trip: From Dallas to San Antonio

5 minutes read Feb 18,2019
Texas Road Trip: From Dallas to San Antonio

Let's face it, everything about Texas is BIG! The sheer size of this state can make it overwhelming to pick out the hotspots to visit.

Texas's attractions are worth the trip, though. And with a great selection of Sun Outdoors resorts in the Lone Star State, you'll always have a comfy place to rest your head.

To help you plan your trip, we've designed this Texas road trip along I-35 from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Antonio. Along the way, you can stop at seven of our Texas RV resorts and see the best attractions in the state. Let's take it from the top.

Texas Road Trip

Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

Dallas and Fort Worth form a bustling metropolis, sometimes referred to as The Metroplex or DFW. This urban destination has all of the glittering appeal that you'd expect from the central jewel of North Texas. In DFW, you'll discover the great combination of culture and history that attracts millions to this hub each year.

In the Historic West End District of downtown Dallas, you'll find The Dallas World Aquarium. An aquatic wonder, The Dallas World Aquarium showcases both freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. This gem also houses an array of birds, mammals, and amphibians from across the world. With so many animals, you can enjoy an exciting and educational visit!

Just outside of downtown, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will transport you to a world full of exotic natural beauty. As you roam, you can explore 66 acres of manicured grounds on the shores of White Rock Lake. Plus, you'll discover an array of gorgeous foliage with enjoyable events available year-round.

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Over in Fort Worth, you can experience a taste of the Old West at the famous Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. This Texas landmark hosts the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. Additionally, you'll find more than 100 new shopping, dining, and entertainment venues right on-site.

Just minutes away is the Fort Worth Zoo, boasting a wild, fun-filled adventure 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! Plus, AT&T Stadium doubles as an art museum with contemporary artwork and architecture to enjoy.

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The City of West

On your way south from the DFW Metroplex, make a pit stop along the I-35 corridor at exit 353. Here in West, Texas, you can stop for a bite at the famous Czech Stop. This local bakery promotes Czech heritage, serving up morsels like Kolaches, made fresh daily.

Welcome to Waco

With your belly full of delicious Czech fare, head back on I-35 to exit 335 and stop in 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. 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. The museum houses one of the finest collections of soft drink memorabilia in the world, including items not only Dr. Pepper related, but from the entire soft drink industry.

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Waco is also home to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, honoring those who have served or are currently serving the Texas Rangers. A legendary symbol of the American West, visitors can see artifacts and archives regarding the proud history of the Texas Ranger. 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. In this charming town, you can take a tour of the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. This attraction is housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot, a fitting backdrop for exploring the history of the railroad. Outside, you'll find a collection of railroad equipment displayed on the grounds and an active railroad yard.

Amazing Austin

About an hour south, just off exit 234, is the State Capitol of Austin. 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. Throughout the year, you can take guided tours through this historic building.

Just 20 minutes south of downtown is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, located at The University of Texas. Here, you can explore nine acres of cultivated gardens, a 16-acre Texas Arboretum, a Family Garden, and three miles of trails.

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New Braunfels

Have an adventure in New Braunfels at the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, right off of exit 187. This curious attraction features a variety of animals from across the globe. Originally established in 1967 as a snake farm, this facility houses an extensive collection of snakes, reptiles, and exotic animals. Since becoming an accredited zoological park in 2007, the facility is now home to over 500 different species of animals that visitors can enjoy.

If you're looking for some wet and wild fun during the summer months, 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

It's been a fun-filled journey, but we've made it to the last stop on our Texas road trip. In scenic San Antonio, you'll experience an area where modern and historic worlds meet to form a thriving metropolis.

Take an excursion north of downtown San Antonio and discover the Natural Bridge Caverns. During your visit, you'll find natural wonders around every corner! Explore passages in the caves with one of the guided tours or try the canopy challenge with vertical obstacles and exhilarating zip lines. Plus, you can enjoy an open air maze challenge and gem and fossil mining.

the alamo in san antonio

Situated among the towering skyscrapers of downtown San Antonio is The Alamo. This aged fort is one of the most important historical sites in the world and defines a crucial moment in Texas's history.

Just a short walk from The Alamo is the San Antonio River Walk, an urban waterway featuring a paved walkway running along the riverside. Navigate from side to side on the walking bridges or cruise on the river taxies for a totally different perspective. The River Walk offers an array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment paired with great scenery for a spectacular sight.

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With your itinerary in hand, you can now embark on your Texas road trip. Visit all of these wonderful attractions or pick out your favorites to create your ultimate Texas road trip experience!

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