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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.

Three young men take a selfie, two inside a white SUV, the other standing outside. They have ski gear, and snow and trees are visible in the background.
Holidays are a busy time for the roads. Make sure you and your family and friends arrive safely.

It’s the season for family and friends to come together and enjoy time spent with one another. This can mean taking a road trip, along with many others who will head out on the highways and roads. But with more travelers comes a greater chance of accidents.

Leave early

It helps to leave early for your destination so you don’t feel rushed. Plan ahead to avoid making hasty driving decision. The more time you give yourself, the more likely you’ll be a patient and careful driver.

Get a good night’s rest

Never take a road trip while drowsy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 72,000 accidents nationwide are caused by drowsy drivers. Go to bed in time to get a full night’s sleep the night before a trip.

If you travel overnight, consider traveling a short distance and then stopping for a rest break. If you are having difficulty focusing on the road, pull over and take a 20-minute rest. A well-lit grocery or hospital parking lot is ideal at night because of the amount of people around.

Monitor the roads and weather

Prior to leaving for your road trip, look at the road and weather conditions. If you think you may run into bad weather, pay attention to travel warnings. If conditions are extreme, wait until the weather improves to take off. It’s better to arrive a day or two later than to not arrive at all.

If you do not feel comfortable driving in the weather occurring on your route, you might also look for alternative routes that may allow you to avoid it.

Watch your surroundings

Accidents can happen on residential roads, rural roads, and major freeways. No matter the time of day, pay attention to your surroundings while driving. Stay away from erratic drivers, pay attention to exits and entrances to the freeway, and always use your lights and turn signals so others can be aware of where you’re going.

At Fogle Collision Centers, a Houston body shop, we want everyone to be safe when traveling for the holidays. If you are in a collision, give us a call for a free estimate and we’ll exceed your expectations for efficient auto body repair.

Overhead view of a person with a wide-brim hat in front of a spread out map. They are pointing to a location, and have two cameras, a passport, sunglasses, a macbook and a cup of coffee spread out on top of it.
While you’re planning your vacation, don’t forget to re-familiarize yourself with your auto coverage.

 

A road trip is intended to be fun, not to be spent at a repair shop. However, accidents happen when you least expect them and it’s a good idea to have a plan if they do. Here are a few considerations to help you figure out this tough situation.

Know your insurance coverage

Insurance coverage depends on where your trip takes you. Before you leave on your trip, check your insurance policy to see where you are covered and review the details of your coverage plan.

You are likely covered if your trip is in the U.S. or Canada. If your trip is to Mexico, Central America, South America, or any other location, contact your insurance agent regarding coverage.

As you travel, remember that laws are different from state to state and different in other countries. Check the driving and insurance laws for the location you are going (and all points in between). The minimum requirements for insurance coverage vary in different areas.

No matter where you are located, reporting the accident to your insurance company is the same.

If you get in an accident

Firstly, you’ll need to assess the damage. If your vehicle is still driveable, you must decide if you want it repaired at home or where you are at that moment. Your insurance agent can help you work out the details.

Consider whether you have a long drive back, and if driving such a distance in your vehicle’s state would be dangerous. Even if your vehicle appears to only have exterior body damage, it would be wise to get an auto body tech to take a look at it. Most body shops will give free estimates on damage.

Scheduling a tow

If you need a tow, most insurance policies will cover the cost within a certain radius from the accident. The insurance company can also schedule the tow no matter where you are located and can reserve a rental car for you, if needed. If you choose to have your vehicle towed home and you are far away, discuss the coverage with your insurance agent. It’s likely you will have to cover the cost for a long-distance tow.

If you need repair on your Texas road trip, Fogle Collision Centers has shops across Central Texas to meet your auto body needs.

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