If there’s one time of year when the open road really seems to be calling, it’s springtime. Now that the winter season is behind us and sunny days are ahead, it’s time to plan one of these Texas roadtrips. Roll down the windows, take the top off of your Jeep Wrangler, and hit the pavement.
Thanks to Texas’ long and colorful history, there are plenty of old, abandoned locations to quench the curiosities of ghost hunters and history buffs alike. Start by heading west from Roger Williams CDJR to Mineral Wells, Texas where you can see the Fort Wolters Training Site, an old soldier training center from World War II, plus the big, haunted Baker Hotel. Stop off in nearly-deserted Paducah to see the Cottle Hotel, then head south for The Rig Theatre in Premont.
If you’re looking to leave Roger Williams CDJR and its eastern neighbors in the dust, head over to West Texas where you can start your trip at the 1928 Holland Hotel. Grab breakfast there in the morning, and then drive down US-385 S to Big Bend National Park for a day of hiking and night of camping. Finally, stop outside of the park to visit Terlingua, a famous Texas ghost town.
Best of Nature
If you liked the Big Bend portion of that trip, you’ll love this road trip that focuses entirely on the gorgeous natural wonders that Texas has to offer. Leave Big Bend and head northeast to the Caverns of Sonora. These are some of the most beautiful caves on the planet and are a must-see for amateur spelunkers. Next, stop over at Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs where you can take in the breathtaking waterfall paired with limestone arches and crisp, spring air before catching I-35 back up towards Dallas.