15 Best Texas Weekend Getaways

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Texas Highways carry me... away from home...
Amy McCarthy and Jaime-Paul Falcon are Dallas' foremost experts on traveling around Texas (not together, separately, and by "foremost" we mean they get around a lot). Anyhow, in the interest of making sure you get the most out of your late summer days off they decided to give you the 15 best destinations you absolutely should visit if you want to call yourself a Texan. Or even if you don't want to call yourself a Texan, but don't want to have to board an airplane.) It's up to you whether you decide to drive two hours or seven, but each of these places are absolute must-dos.

(NOTE: Houston is on this list, much to Amy's chagrin. After three hours of arguing and countless impassioned attempts at helping Jaime see the light, it's on the damn list. They settled it with a coin flip.)

Possum Kingdom

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Brazos River Authority

Distance from Dallas: 141 miles
Time it takes to get there: 2 h 42 min

You're going to have that goddamn Toadies song in your head the entire time, but the near-three hour drive to Possum Kingdom is the type of road trip where that rock music of your disaffected youth makes some actual sense. Once you get there, though, you'll forget that this lake situated in the middle of a massive state park is just a few hours outside of the city and probably change the music to Enya or something. Outdoorsy types will find plenty to love, including SCUBA diving, hiking and whatever a "nature study" is. If roughing it on the campgrounds isn't in the cards, you can get a cabin for four at $75 a night and enjoy the closest thing we've got in North Texas to a beach. AMC

Dublin & Hico

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Distance from Dallas: 143 miles
Time it takes to get there: 2 h 23 min

You. Texas person. You like chocolate and you like soda, and you want to go taste the best of each in the state. So jump on U.S. 67 till you get to Hico where you're going to stop and eat at the renowned Koffee Kup Family Restaurant, and then you're gonna make your way to the Weisman House Chocolatier store front where you'll indulge in a variety of dark chocolate truffles. From there, you jump on Texas 6 and head to Dublin to visit Dublin Bottling Works where our dear departed Dublin Dr Pepper was bottled for over 87 years till those bastards at Snapple put an end to it. Don't worry though, the Works has it's own line of fantastic sodas to try, and the town is the Irish capital of Texas, so you'll be able to find something to mix that soda with. JPF

Canyon

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Texas Parks and Wildlife

Distance from Dallas: 376 miles
Time it takes to get there: 5 h 43 min

With all its quirky charm and middle-of-nowhere placement, Amarillo still somehow manages to inarguably be one of the worst places on Earth. Just south of town, though, Canyon is all of the beauty of West Texas' elegant canyons and rock formations in one single trip. Palo Duro Canyon may not be as impressive as that Grand one in Arizona, but it's still going to take your breath away. Georgia O'Keeffe was reportedly inspired by the beauty of Palo Duro country, so maybe it will finally help you figure out your masterpiece. Or at least help you figure out that you need to move on to something else. AMC

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starr_power
starr_power

Where did they get Roma's information for this article? Seriously, they haven't shown Viva Zapata in at least a decade. What they don't mention in the article: everyone came over from Mexico because of the cartels; there's great food, but not much else; the park is next to a waste treatment plant; it's a nice small town tho.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Accidental repost. Live Fire suckers. Sorry.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Like most treks, going to Marfa is more about the trip than the destination. Refill at Ft Stockton. Once you get there enjoy the nights and forget the lights. If you are lucky there will be some cool bands at Padre's or in Alpine at RR Blues. Bring cards and board games. Prepare for rock hunting. Don't be in a hurry. No expectations is best.

dan_murph1
dan_murph1

And you're one of Obama's butt buddies

bmbdfw
bmbdfw

What's with all the haters on here??  It was a great article and some new ideas for a day trip or quick weekend.  Sounds like a few people need to get in the car and take a break from the city.

dan_murph1
dan_murph1

Wow, I reprimand you about your use of God's name in vain and my comment disappears.

You must be a liberal.

dan_murph1
dan_murph1

I don't appreciate you using God's name in vain. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I think you owe your Christian readers an apology. I do not believe you would use Allah's name in vain or

Mohammed's name that way. Apparently you and other journalists feel fine doing this to Christians and Christianity. Apparently your editors don't mind either or they would have asked you to back off from doing that.

tamiwhitten
tamiwhitten

Was this written by a twelve year old? Horrible writing.

donwa
donwa

Amarillo is downright scenic compared to Lubbock...

Nezzer
Nezzer

You are aware that for decades the "Koffee Kup Family Restaurant" went by the "Koffee Kup Kafe"? The "K"s were much larger than the rest of the letters and was known as a Klan meeting and staging ground.

dodie.hagadorn
dodie.hagadorn

Austin and San Antonio are known everywhere to be great places to visit, rather singles, couples, or families. How can they not be on this list. The Crazy Water in Mineral Wells is not even open and all one can do is walk around it. Oh the reason the well water drew people was because it has natural Lithium which Litium is still used to treat Bio Polar disorder. Learn something before you write an article. Other than the state park, a Viet Nam War Memorial which takes about 15 min to see, that is it. Dublin is about as exciting as Mineral Wells and several more of their great ideas to waste fuel and time. Palo Duro canyon, Martha and the Observatory and Houston are about the only ones worth driving over 30 miles.  Hico has nothing and that Koffie Kup restaurant was the Koffie Kup Kafe till it gained so much bad publicity for the KKK initials. And, that is the only thing in Hico to see. There are small towns and places in TX worth driving to but they aren't on this list. Either these writers seriously need to get a life or else they are really bad writers to turn in such a lame article.

Bobtex
Bobtex

Where exactly are you people from?  You include Houston, and omit Austin?  You and your list are totally worthless.

monstruss
monstruss

@dan_murph1 "how dare you use a generic name for a diety that may or may not correspond with my own religious views!" 

slicg
slicg

@Nezzer I was going to say the same thing - I'm not a native Texan but my husband told me about Hico and why we never EVER will not stop there.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@Nezzer I do. And as a person of color I go there anyway to flaunt my freedom. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Have to join the shout out to STexas. Austin can be a struggle but if you are a family with kids SA can keep everyone happy. Feed the dolphins, ride the rides at politically incorrect SeaWorld. Take a boat ride down the SA River. Get your picture in front of the Alamo. Drive up to the Schlitterbahn and don't forget the snake farm, gorge on Mexican food, elevator up the Tower of Americas, feed the monkeys at the zoo. Chevy Chase and the pre teens would love it. The kids will sleep like babies so you and yours can reawaken unused body parts.

suburbs
suburbs

The article is referring to the crazy water itself which is sold at the Famous Water and most definitely open and not the Crazy Water Hotel which is closed but has nothing to do with the bottled water.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@Bobtex Because we wanted to show places people don't usually think to go. Everyone goes to Austin, it's boring. 

dan_murph1
dan_murph1

Real creative name there douchebag.

Typical "tolerant" liberal. You're only tolerant if someone feels the same as you. If they have different views then you feel it's fine to slam their views. I don't know who or if you believe in a higher power but I wasn't the one that offended a whole group. You did. Maybe you worship at the altar of Obama I don't know but

I was raised that if I offend someone or a whole group I will apologize. It is more proof that young kids today have no respect except for themselves. You are part of the narcissistic

society that we've become. If you think you're

a hipster by trying to use shock words or comments then you are completely lost.

I'll just call the magazine myself.

monstruss
monstruss

@dan_murph1 ...You're a moron because no one deleted your other comment, but I enjoyed your mini-tirade. You sound like quite the anachronism.

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