The Best Texas Road Trip
Hit the road with the Lake Shore Lady, Lauren Nolan, and get inspiration for your next Texas road trip.
Hi SPG friends! My name is Lauren and I write the lifestyle blog called Lake Shore Lady. Back in October, I partnered with SPG to road trip through the incredible state of Texas! I had never been anywhere in Texas before, so this was a super fun experience that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a new adventure. Here’s how to do it!
Fly into Dallas
Unless you live really close to Dallas, I recommend flying in. You’re going to do enough driving throughout the week, so cut yourself a break and hop on a flight! Once you arrive, rent a pickup truck and let the fun begin!
Things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth
- Stay at The Westin Galleria Dallas and walk around the famous Galleria Mall.
- Take a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. We took our time walking around and it was so fun to see all of the families doing the same thing. Plus it’s gorgeous!
- Pick up a coffee at Magnolia Sous Le Pont. The blue exterior and cute tables are so instagram-worthy, you’ll probably leave with a pretty photo for your feed, too!
- Explore the cute boutiques, fun restaurants/bars, galleries and coffee shops in the Bishop Arts District.
- If you like BBQ, you MUST eat at Lockhart Smokehouse! The best Smoked Chicken and Mac & Cheese I’ve ever had!
- If you have time, drive over to Fort Worth and spend the night at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown.
- Watch the historic cattle drive at The Fort Worth Stockyards.
Drive from Fort Worth to Austin
It takes about 3 hours to drive from Fort Worth to Austin, so we stopped in Waco on the way. If you are a fan of Fixer Upper, I recommend checking out Magnolia Market at the Silos. Everything about it is HGTV heaven!
Things to do in Austin/Georgetown
- Stay at the W Austin. Great location, gorgeous lobby and Bliss products in the bathroom! Need I say more?!
- Indulge at Voodoo Doughnuts. You have to try their Fruit Loops or Capt’n Crunch flavors, but I personally liked the more classic coconut doughnut the best!
- Craving something healthy in Texas? Head straight to Picnik! Everything on this menu is absolutely delicious, while also catering to people with food sensitivities/paleo restrictions.
- Party on Rainey Street! I heard this street was fun, but no one told me that all of the bars are HOUSES! Everything about it is completely unique, but it’s also incredibly welcoming and fun-loving.
- Explore the Hope Outdoor Gallery. This “paint park” was created so that muralists, street artists, and arts education classes could have a place to go to share their artwork and positive messages with the community. I highly recommend checking this out!
- Hike up Mount Bonnell! To be fair, this isn’t really a hike though. All you have to do is climb a staircase and you’re up at the top with a view of the entire Austin skyline.
- Get oysters, rose, and your new favorite Instagram photo at Clark’s Oyster Bar. Everything about this place is happy hour perfection!
- Swing by the charming downtown area in Georgetown, just outside of Austin. The town square feels like an adorable blast from the past.
- If you have time, spend the night at the newly opened Sheraton Austin Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. The lobby has the best cowhide chairs - design goals!
Drive to San Antonio
It only takes an hour and a half to get from Austin to San Antonio, so it’s super easy to get between these amazing cities!
Things To Do in San Antonio
- Stay at The Westin Riverwalk. Not only is this hotel STUNNING, but it’s also right in the heart of the city. Plus, if you get a balcony with a view of the river, you’re in for a treat!
- Explore The Riverwalk! We walked around a bit, but we also went on a boat cruise with Go Rio Cruises. I recommend doing both - you get a lot of history on the cruise, but it’s really fun to take everything in at your own pace as you walk.
- Remember The Alamo! If you’re in San Antonio, you must go to The Alamo. We couldn’t get over how small the actual building is, but there is still a ton of information spread throughout the grounds. Plus, it’s centrally located and completely free! If you’re a history buff, you will love this.
- Eat like the locals at La Gloria. When I asked for restaurant recommendations, a few people passionately suggests La Gloria at The Pearl. I’m so glad I listened to them, because it was our favorite meal of the whole trip! If you like mexican food, don’t miss it!
- Walk around The Pearl before or after you eat. There is a beautiful grassy area with string lights hanging, live music multiple times a week, cute shops and a weekend Farmer’s Market. Such a fun, vibrant part of San Antonio.
Drive to Houston
Driving from San Antonio to Houston takes about 3 hours, but this is the last leg of your trip!
Things To Do in Houston
- Stay at The St. Regis Houston. This hotel is total luxury. The lobby and pool deck are absolutely stunning - and the guest rooms are even better!
- Go to Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen for Tex Mex.
- I heard that Tiny Boxwoods is the cutest cafe with greenery all around and an outdoor patio. Sounds so dreamy!
- Apparently Killen’s BBQ is the place for brisket and ribs.
- Walk around the Buffalo Bayou. One reader described it as “Houston’s Central Park” - except the Bayou has views of the Houston skyline, a fountain and a skate park.