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No matter what direction you’re going in Texas, you’re sure to run into some exciting stops. You can spend months traveling the Lone Star State and never run out of new sights to see, places to eat, or events to attend. Here are a few good places along the road (between the big cities) that you may want to momentarily hang your hat on your next trip.

Scenery of sloping mountains with mixed desert and greenery.
Big Bend is one of Texas’ prized national parks.
  1. Big Bend (NPS Photo/Reine Wonite)

Big Bend is a hiking destination for many Texans. Nestled along the Rio Grande River, the national park has a variety of landscapes, from desert, to mountains, to river. The park also features several communities for park visitors to stay and plenty of activities for exploring the great outdoors.

Up close photo of sliced brisket on a white plate.
BBQ brisket from famous Black’s BBQ.
  1. Black’s BBQ, Lockhart

About a half hour outside Austin, Lockhart is a major BBQ destination. The town is known for its famous Black’s BBQ, but is also home to Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market, also serving up mouthwatering Texas BBQ.

A glass case displays rows of multicolored fruit kolaches.
Fruit kolaches are a must-have if you’ve never had anything but a glorified pig-in-a-blanket.
  1. Czech Stop

This convenience store is more than just an ordinary gas station. It’s a legendary snack destination. Czech Stop is often considered the best kolaches in Texas and come in a variety of satisfying flavors.

An outdoor seating area at dusk, and a old-Texas-style shop labeled with a neon red Weingarten sign.
Weingarten in Fredricksberg is one of many relaxing wine stops in the Hill Country.
  1. Hill Country (wine country), Fredricksburg

If you didn’t already know, the Texas Hill Country is the second biggest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the US and fifth in US wine production. Its go-to wine destination is Fredricksburg. With over 40 wineries to choose from, you’re sure to find a relaxing cup of wine with an amazing view. While you’re wearing off that wine buzz, you can go hike at Enchanted Rock or walk around Fredricksburg’s famous downtown shops.

Two white magnolia-labeled buildings sit in front of twin silos and a cloudy blue sky.
The Magnolia district has a plenty of food, shopping, and outdoor enjoyment.
  1. Silos Baking Co., Waco

If you love Fixer Upper, you’ll want to visit Joanna and Chip Gaines’ Magnolia district. The shop is filled with HGTV style and the outside square offers plenty of food trucks and space for the kids to stretch their legs. This is a great place to accommodate a variety of tastes, and maybe snag a delicious cupcake to go.

The interior of a tall restaurant with two upper levels visible from below.
The inside of the Gristmill is impressive, as is its view of the Guadalupe River.
  1. Gristmill River Restaurant, New Braunfels

The Gristmill is a historic building overlooking the Guadalupe River. The Gristmill is located beneath the Gruene (pronounce “green”) water tower, so it’s pretty hard to miss. Check out this historic mill while enjoying classic Texas favorites with a stunning river view.

 

A full auditorium watches an outdoor performance in front of the backdrop of a desert plateau.
TEXAS The Musical takes place entirely outside in beautiful Palo Duro Canyon.
  1. TEXAS Outdoor Musical, Palo Duro Canyon

 This performance is a truly unique experience. The show happens during the summer in a completely outdoors auditorium, featuring over 60 musicians, singers and dancers. Celebrating Texas history, this show is for the whole family and includes a firework show.

 

a photo of a white-sand beach with sloping dunes and a clear sky above the water.
Visit South Padre’s National Seashore near Corpus Christi for a relaxing outdoor adventure.
  1. Padre Island National Seashore

If you’ll be anywhere near Corpus Christi, you might want to take a detour to this popular park. This is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. Aside from beautiful scenery, this island also offers a multitude of family activities, including watching sea turtles hatch, camping, kayaking and even wind surfing.

 

A small shaggy dog sits behind a bag of Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets, licking his nose.
Even your four-legged family will appreciate you stopping at Buc-ee’s.
  1. Buc-ee’s

If you live in Texas, you’ve probably come across a Buc-ee’s at some point. There are over 30 locations in Central and East Texas, all conveniently located on major travel thoroughfares. Stop in for some fresh tacos, an endless variety of beef jerky, or a Texas souvenir for your out-of-town family.

 

A bundt cake topped with whole pecans sits on a tin plate next to a plate of strawberries.
Pecan cake from Colin Street Bakery.
  1. Colin Street Bakery, Corsicana

Colin Street Bakery is known around the world for its fruitcake and Texas pecan pies. The shop has been open since 1896 and has been featured on big media outlets like Food Network and USA Today. The original is on I-45 in Corsicana, but also has locations in Waco, Lindale, and Greenville.

10 famous Texas pit stops for your next road trip
10 famous Texas pit stops for your next road trip
If you're planning a Texas road trip, check out this list for great pit stop ideas. Texas is home to amazing food, fun, parks, and events.

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