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Old 03-11-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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If you're a person that likes to take weekend road trips or short weekend vacations that don't require catching a plane, where can you go from Dallas? What are some nice, scenic places/states to visit that you can drive to? Texas seems so big that it would take quite some time just to leave the state.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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Austin is only about 3 hours south on I-35. There are lots of lakes up in Oklahoma and the border is just over an hour to the north. Much of Arkansas is beautiful, but I'm not sure about the drive time. Hot Springs or Eureka Springs are supposed to be very nice.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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austin, san antonio, and the hill country (e.g. fredricksburg) are all popular. they each have a different vibe, are all very pretty, and worth a drive (all within 3-4 1/2 hours).
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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You can be in the Beaver's Bend area of SE Oklahoma in 3 hours or so. It has become one of our favorite places. Hot Springs and surrounding recreational areas there are about 4-5 hours away. Eureka Springs will take another 3 hours or so since it is at the northern tip of Arkansas, but it's worth the drive.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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Default Day trips & not too bad drives

Jefferson
Hot Springs,AK
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Houston is only 4 hours away. You can check out NASA space station, go to Galveston island, enjoy nice restaurants and Museums in the nation's 4th largest city. If you want the beach, go to Corpus Christi.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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check a map--the only limit to a wonderful time is your imagination

I love to vacation in TX or travel to neighborhing states and there are some lovely sights there as well...
check out Texas Monthly magazine link --
Texas Monthly: Travel

there is section/link to travel and every month there are articles about what to see/do in the state from yearly events like the antique show at Round Rock which is coming up pretty soon, to just day/weekend trips
it is great site and a wonderful magazine -- most of the time--

tour texas has lots of travel info
TourTexas.com - Free Texas Travel Guides Tourism Information

Southern Living also does travel articles about this part of the county and has some good choices--think you can search the site for past article and specific destinations

Texas Highway Magazine is a good place to start as well
Texas Highways: The Official Travel Magazine of Texas

most of the cities have a travel/convention info link on their web sites with detailed info about things to see/do in the individual cities as well

there is plenty of info out there--

IF you are wanting to drive on your trips--and most parts of TX do have some really nice scenic drives NOT on a freeway--then I suggest you buy a copy of the handbook which gives detailed info about the historic roadside markers you see along TX highways--

we have one and it makes a nice break in the trip sometimes to just stop for 5-10 min at one of them and think about what happened and how TX has evolved over the decades...

Why Stop--by Betty Awbrey--is one that we have

there are also books that list other ways to enjoy driving--
day trips from Dallas or Houston or San Antonio or Austin is a popular line of books
June Naylor, food editor of the FTW paper has book about road-side cafes so you can plan your trip to take advantage of some good cooking
there are bed/breakfast books with different areas of the state
and there are books for Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana for the same type of info

as Brian Regan says--"take luck" with you...
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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Texas

Salado
Albany
Jefferson
Mineola
Tyler
Santa Anna
Bandera
San Angelo
Nacogdoches


Oklahoma
Turner Falls


I tend to stay away from large towns like Houston, San Antonio, or Austin. But that is just because I live in a metroplex area and want to get away from a metroplex area. There is a lot to do in the big cities.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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Good article on 'one tank getaways'.......

North Texas One-tank Getaways | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/daytrip/ - broken link)
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Caddo Lake, with a day spent in Jefferson. Beavers Bend, OK. Hill Country, Fredricksburg, San Antonio. For my next road trip I'd like to go to Palo Duro Canyon, but that's a bit further than our usual quick trips.
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