15 Best Texas Weekend Getaways
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.
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(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.)
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
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
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