The Best Texas Road Trip

Hit the road with the Lake Shore Lady, Lauren Nolan, and get inspiration for your next Texas road trip. 

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Hi SPG friends! My name is Lauren and I write the lifestyle blog called Lake Shore Lady. Back in October, I partnered with SPG to road trip through the incredible state of Texas! I had never been anywhere in Texas before, so this was a super fun experience that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a new adventure. Here’s how to do it!

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Fly into Dallas

Unless you live really close to Dallas, I recommend flying in. You’re going to do enough driving throughout the week, so cut yourself a break and hop on a flight! Once you arrive, rent a pickup truck and let the fun begin!

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Things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth

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Drive from Fort Worth to Austin

It takes about 3 hours to drive from Fort Worth to Austin, so we stopped in Waco on the way. If you are a fan of Fixer Upper, I recommend checking out Magnolia Market at the Silos. Everything about it is HGTV heaven!

 

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Things to do in Austin/Georgetown

  • Stay at the W Austin. Great location, gorgeous lobby and Bliss products in the bathroom! Need I say more?!
  • Indulge at Voodoo Doughnuts. You have to try their Fruit Loops or Capt’n Crunch flavors, but I personally liked the more classic coconut doughnut the best!

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  • Craving something healthy in Texas? Head straight to Picnik! Everything on this menu is absolutely delicious, while also catering to people with food sensitivities/paleo restrictions.
  • Party on Rainey Street! I heard this street was fun, but no one told me that all of the bars are HOUSES! Everything about it is completely unique, but it’s also incredibly welcoming and fun-loving.

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  • Explore the Hope Outdoor Gallery. This “paint park” was created so that muralists, street artists, and arts education classes could have a place to go to share their artwork and positive messages with the community. I highly recommend checking this out!
  • Hike up Mount Bonnell! To be fair, this isn’t really a hike though. All you have to do is climb a staircase and you’re up at the top with a view of the entire Austin skyline.
  • Get oysters, rose, and your new favorite Instagram photo at Clark’s Oyster Bar. Everything about this place is happy hour perfection!

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  • Swing by the charming downtown area in Georgetown, just outside of Austin. The town square feels like an adorable blast from the past.
  • If you have time, spend the night at the newly opened Sheraton Austin Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The lobby has the best cowhide chairs - design goals!

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Drive to San Antonio

It only takes an hour and a half to get from Austin to San Antonio, so it’s super easy to get between these amazing cities!

 

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Things To Do in San Antonio

  • Stay at The Westin Riverwalk. Not only is this hotel STUNNING, but it’s also right in the heart of the city. Plus, if you get a balcony with a view of the river, you’re in for a treat!
  • Explore The Riverwalk! We walked around a bit, but we also went on a boat cruise with Go Rio Cruises. I recommend doing both - you get a lot of history on the cruise, but it’s really fun to take everything in at your own pace as you walk.
  • Remember The Alamo! If you’re in San Antonio, you must go to The Alamo. We couldn’t get over how small the actual building is, but there is still a ton of information spread throughout the grounds. Plus, it’s centrally located and completely free! If you’re a history buff, you will love this.

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  • Eat like the locals at La Gloria. When I asked for restaurant recommendations, a few people passionately suggests La Gloria at The Pearl. I’m so glad I listened to them, because it was our favorite meal of the whole trip! If you like mexican food, don’t miss it!

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  • Walk around The Pearl before or after you eat. There is a beautiful grassy area with string lights hanging, live music multiple times a week, cute shops and a weekend Farmer’s Market. Such a fun, vibrant part of San Antonio.

Drive to Houston

Driving from San Antonio to Houston takes about 3 hours, but this is the last leg of your trip!

Things To Do in Houston

  • Stay at The St. Regis Houston. This hotel is total luxury. The lobby and pool deck are absolutely stunning - and the guest rooms are even better!

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  • Go to Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen for Tex Mex.
  • I heard that Tiny Boxwoods is the cutest cafe with greenery all around and an outdoor patio. Sounds so dreamy!
  • Apparently Killen’s BBQ is the place for brisket and ribs.
  • Walk around the Buffalo Bayou. One reader described it as “Houston’s Central Park” - except the Bayou has views of the Houston skyline, a fountain and a skate park.
    • Due to a family emergency, I couldn’t stay in Houston, but my readers had a ton of great suggestions! Here are a few:

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You can see more photos in my Road Trip Recap and Guides to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio on Lake Shore Lady. Thanks so much for reading!

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