roadtrips from san antonio
If you live in Texas, you’ve no doubt taken a road trip across the state. Our state is filled with plenty of unique and exciting cities, towns, and topographies that should be explored. If you’ve got some time on your hands this summer, here are 25 road trip from San Antonio ideas that you have to take this summer.
And if you want to make a weekend of it, you can check out RVShare to rent a camper or RV. It’s a great way to vacation while staying safe and social distancing!
  1. Shiner: Have you ever tasted the infamous Texas beer called Shiner? This town is where they make it. This tiny town is a worthwhile road trip because the Shiner Brewery tour is great, the mom and pop businesses are picturesque and a stop at Howard’s is mandatory. Howard’s is a gas station that has picnic tables outside where people sit, drink beer, and play cards. If that doesn’t sound like a low key, small-town vacation, I don’t know what does.
  2.  Seguin: You’ve never heard of it? You’re not alone. Seguin is a small town nestled in the hills of the San Antonio hill country. This is a road trip from San Antonio that you have to take because the scenic Guadalupe River runs through the town and creates beautiful cascading waterfalls and plenty of places to tube and fish. Seguin is also home to the oldest licensed bar in Texas, the World’s Largest Pecan, and plenty of down-home charm. After you float the Guadalupe, make sure to go to Son’s Island, a small island in the middle of Lake Placid that sports scenic blue water, sandy beaches, cabana rentals to relax in and live music for entertainment.
  3. Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg is a road trip from San Antonio you should take, especially if you’re interested in German culture. This historic settler Texas town is filled with history, culture, shopping, and vineyards. The Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park or the Pioneer Museum shows off some of the town’s local history while a visit to one of the local wineries, like Bingham Family Vineyards will leave you with a new appreciation for Texas wine.  If you’re looking for outdoor activity, you can’t do better than a hike at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
  4. Waco: This northeast Texas town has recently become famous for its Magnolia market, the store that Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV created and host. Stop by the Magnolia gift shop and outdoor hangout area. Cameron Park that weaves around the Brazos Riverbanks is a beautiful park filled with outdoor hiking trails. The Dr. Pepper Museum is also in Waco and is worth a visit, if only for the free samples.
  5. Ft. Worth: Have you been to Old Cow Town? Forth Worth is one of the best parts of the DFW metroplex. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is one of the best museums in the United States. The stockyards are a fun historical, country part of Texas that anyone on a road trip from San Antonio needs to see. Dancehalls, honkytonks, and infamous bars that litter the stockyards will get you in the Texas spirit. Sundance Square is also a fun outdoor insta-worthy spot to spend an afternoon.
  6. Wimberly: Scenic Wimberly, Texas is most well known as the home of the Blue Hole Regional Park and Jacob’s Well.  However, the town has so much more to offer. Downhome eateries, great shopping, and a zipline through the hill country are awaiting the traveler who comes to explore Wimberly. While the two beautiful water holes are absolutely necessary to visit, don’t miss out on all that this small hill country town can offer.
  7. Green Acres: Green Acres is where glamping is done right. Located in Elgin, Texas on the outskirts of Austin, road trippers will find eight different glamping spots to choose from, such as tents, cabin oases, airstreams, and even Spartan Mansions. The reasonable prices and scenic aesthetic creates the perfect place to unwind in nature in the most pampered way.
  8. Barton Springs: Barton Springs is an Austin, Texas staple. Located right off the Colorado River in Austin, this natural pool is about 3 acres in size and has plenty of grassy areas to tan and plenty of water to cool off in. The pool has a small admission price, but the dog-friendly spring is completely free. People watch, relax or take a dip at the infamous Austin favorite.
  9. Pedernales Falls State Park: Pedernales Falls State Park is one of the most underrated state parks in Texas. The park sports a beautiful swimming hole that’s located near the infamous Hamilton Pool. If you’re looking for a place to take your family for some scenic Texas fun this is a great spot. But it’s best to bring kids who can swim and climb well so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your children. Get there early and don’t be surprised if there’s a line to get in the park. It can get rather crowded, especially on hot Texas summer weekends.  Cypress Valey Canopy Tours has a treehouse hotel that is fun to stay in while you’re in this part of Texas.
  10. Cave Without a Name: Cave Without a Name should absolutely make your road trip from San Antonio list. Located in Boerne, Texas, Cave Without a Name boasts dripping stalagmites, rimstone dams, and cool temperatures on the inside. The cave stays at about 66 degrees year-round, so it’s a fun place to beat the Texas heat and do some exploring. Admission is $10 for kids and $20 for adults.
  11. Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi is a fun beach to visit if you’re looking for a relaxed, sand-filled weekend trip. Less foot traffic means that beaches are better preserved and the smaller crowds mean that you can go to more places and do more things without the hassle of a noisy crowd that you may encounter in Galveston. The city also has museums, galleries, aquariums and is home to the USS Lexington.
  12. Lost Maples: Most people who live in Texas say that we have two seasons: summer and winter. And they’re right for the most part unless they’ve been to Lost Maples. This rare part of Texas offers beautiful leaves that change colors at the right time and would make you think you’re in New England. The area is well known for its trees, cloudless night skies, swimming, and fishing. You don’t even need a fishing license from the shore or pier in state parks or natural areas.
  13. Frio River: The Frio River is found in Three Rivers, Texas, and is one of the most unique rivers in the state. The spring-fed river lives up to its name and stays stocked with chilly refreshing water all year round. The rapids and waterfalls are minimal which mean that tubing trips are a must. Plus, the river is only one mile from Garner State Park, which has a reputation as one of the most beautiful parks in Texas.
  14. Chisos Mountains: The Chisos Mountains are one of the only true mountain ranges in Texas and they’re a sight to see. Found in Big Bend National Park in the southwest corner of the state, this is a road trip from San Antonio that you won’t want to skip. This mountain basin provides a good hike with better views once you get to the top. Big Bend also offers canyons, breathtaking rockfaces, waterfalls, and the Rio Grande River.
  15. Palo Duro Canyon: Yes, Texas does have its own “Grand Canyon” and it’s called Palo Duro Canyon. The crimson-colored mountains and multi-hued sunset cliffs will make you think you’re looking at a postcard. The state park also offers mountain climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and some of the most beautiful sunsets and stargazing opportunities you’ll ever get.
  16. Marfa: Marfa, Texas is one of the most unique and inconspicuous places in all of Texas. The small, desert town is well known for its budding art scene, the Prada store on the side of the highway, and the entire army base dedicated to art. The Prada store actually isn’t open and is a permanent installation by two artists. El Cosmic is a desert ranch hotel that offers airstreams and teepees to sleep in overnight.
  17. Bandera: Bandera, Texas is close to the Medina and home to plenty of history. This quaint country town has some of the most beautiful hill country views in all of Texas and some of the best Texas experiences as well. If you make this road trip from San Antonio, stay at a Dude Ranch at the Cowboy Capital of the World and go on a scenic trail ride. There are also plenty of museums and rodeos that will help you get a taste for the cowboy culture.
  18. Blanco: Blanco, Texas is close to Wimberly and San Antonio and was settled in the mid-1800s for Texas Rangers, immigrants, and their families. Blanco State Park is filled with wildlife, diverse topography, and hiking trails. Once you’ve spent some time exploring the outdoors, you can head over to the local winery, Texas Hills Vineyards. They’re actually the only winery in Texas to produce Pino Grigio. Relax at their onsite tasting room. And don’t miss Real Ale Brewery!
  19. Lockhart: Tiny Lockhart, Texas can be found outside of San Marcos, Texas, and is well known for its BBQ. In fact, Lockhart is the BBQ capital of Texas.  Black’s, Smitty’s, and Kreuz are three of the BBQ restaurants that you won’t want to miss out on. Lockhart State Park is a great place to do some exercising after you eat copious amounts of delicious BBQ.
  20. Comfort: Comfort, Texas embodies everything there is about a small Texas town. One of the strange and fun attractions that Comfort has to offer is its Hygioestatic Bat Roost. This historic tower has been home to over 100 malaria fighting bats for years and it’s a fun activity to watch them fly. There are also plenty of down-home restaurants and shops worth visiting in the old town. If you’re looking for a humble Comfort history, visiting shops in the old town is a great place to start.
  21. Port Aransas: Port Aransas can be found at Mustang Island, on the Texas coast. Port A is well known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and the fish that fill the waterway. Two popular activities in Port Aransas are swimming and fishing. There’s also the Port Aransas Nature Preserve which is home to diverse wildlife, beautiful topography, and some of the most scenic sunsets on the island. Bird watching is also a popular activity in Port Aransas and the best place to go is Leonabelle Turnbill Birding Center.
  22. South Padre: South Padre is beautiful island set on the Texas coast that’s home to 34 acres of leisurely beachfront property and should be on your road trip from San Antonio list. The stunning sandy beaches, numerous tourist attractions, and exciting water activities make sure that every traveler will have fun in South Padre. Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a great place to start exploring the island.
  23. Marathon: Marathon, Texas is a tiny town close to Big Bend National Park. If you’re stopping in Marathon for the night, the Gage Hotel is a historic property that is full of local history in a comfortable setting. There’s also plenty of adventure to be had in Marathon. Post Park in the city is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert where travelers can head to the water and feed the local ducks. Don’t miss the Papercrete bed and breakfast, Eve’s Garden!
  24. Fort Davis: Fort Davis, Texas is also a small town out west near Big Bend National Park. This town is well known for the observatory that helps travelers see the beautiful night sky and all the stars that dance and skip inside it. Fort Davis is also home to the Davis Mountains that are fun to explore at the Davis Mountain State Park.
  25. San Marcos River: The San Marcos River is located in San Marcos, Texas which is perfectly situated halfway between Austin and San Antonio on I-35. The San Marcos River is home to many beautiful rapids and cypress trees that line the banks and provide tubers and kayakers alike with plenty of shade from the sun. There are multiple parks in San Marcos that provide riverfront access and can get crowded around spring break. You can also venture to the neighboring New Braunfels as well.

Planning a road trip? Don’t forget to check out our list of State Parks in the area that are allowing overnight camping!

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