At the southern tip of the Llano Estacado mesa in West Texas sits a small state park that boasts an unusual attraction for its visitors: no two trips to the 4,000-acre Monahans Sandhills State Park are ever the same. With its endless, sprawling sand dunes, the park itself is a canvas waiting to be painted by the constant wind that whips across the landscape.
Road trip memories come from the stops you make along the way, more so than the destination itself. Every road trip planning begins with researching dozens of optional stops to take in as the adventure begins. From Chicago, Illinois, to Dallas, Texas, we’ve handled the planning. These are the best places to stop and visit.
Passions and hobbies come in all shapes and sizes, including toilet seats. Barney Smith decorated and customized toilet seats for over 50 years, passing away at 98 years old in 2019. His life’s work is currently on display at the Truck Yard beer garden in Houston, Texas, carefully relocated from his garage in San Antonio, Texas.
The dusty drive from Dallas, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, will run you upwards of about 10 hours and 700 miles. However, luckily for you and your fellow road trippers, there is no shortage of fascinating hotspots to visit along the way. This wayward drive not only promises travelers a scenic tour through America’s exhilarating southwest but a lifetime of memories. Tip your hat and set off into the sunset with this trusty list of must-see spots.
The city of Amarillo sits squarely in the wide, open spaces of the Texas panhandle. Aptly known as the “Yellow Rose of Texas,” Amarillo boasts plenty of cattle ranches, beautiful scenery, and world-famous museums. One of its lesser-known attractions, however, has long drawn attention from locals and tourists alike. Although christened the “Dynamite Museum,” the project isn’t a museum at all; instead, it’s a vast urban art installation of nearly three thousand distinct road signs.
Nobody would blame you for wanting to get away. Having spent the better part of three months cooped up in our familiar surroundings, the urge to travel has never been greater. If you do decide to fly the coop, there are a few unique places to stay throughout Texas—where there’s never a dull moment. Check out five of the most amazing Texas rentals on Airbnb.
Deep in the heart of the West Texas desert, sitting conspicuously alongside a lonely and infrequently traveled highway is a Prada boutique. That’s right, a hyper-realistic art installation, built to replicate one of the luxury brand’s high concept stores, has stood in place, unstaffed and virtually inaccessible, for fifteen years. And despite the lack of transactional fashion available, the site remains a steady draw. So how exactly did this desert oasis come to be?
Dallas is an absolute gem of a city—and one of the largest, most populated in the U.S. As such, you will never be short of a good time as ample opportunities to experience the southern charm, history, and hospitality of Texas are abounding. Get ready to giddy up and discover everything you need to see if you’ve got a few days to spend in this charming, cultural metropolis.
Born in Sanderson, Texas, Escamilla first realized his love of visual arts via comic books. An early interest in college basketball took a backseat when he discovered that Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) offered art education as a degree. From there, Alberto Escamilla pursued his passion – and never looked back.
Are you getting ready to take a trip to El Paso, but you’re unsure of what you should do while you’re there? El Paso tourism has been on the rise for years, and the latest data show the city receives nearly nine million visitors per year. From delicious Tex-Mex food and incredible desert vistas to famous historic sights and cultural attractions, there is plenty to experience in this fabulous city. Read on to learn about some of the top things that you shouldn’t miss when visiting El Paso, Texas.