You can’t beat Texas for diversity. Mountains, beaches, lakes, deserts, canyons, caves and vibrant cities are all part of the Lone Star experience. Don’t strike out in your Class C motorhome, Class A toy hauler or diesel RV until you have plenty of time.
Here are five popular destinations.
Palo Duro Canyon is ideal for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders seeking a desert adventure. The rugged terrain is rich with multicolored rock formations and deep caves. Palo Duro is also famous for the seasonally performed outdoor musical “Texas.”
Nearby Caprock Canyon is blessed with wildlife, most notably the official state bison herd dating back to 1878. Steep cliffs and drop-offs are challenging even to experienced hikers and mountain bikers. By all means, sample the local wine offerings.
Davis Mountains State Park is popular for its hiking and riding trails, which rise to 5,700 feet. The air is fragrant, and the scenery is gorgeous. Don’t miss the stargazing tour.
Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington
City slickers should steer the gas RV or Class A motorhome to Big D (Dallas). This glittering city boasts five-star restaurants, elite museums and world-class theater. History buffs will no doubt want to take in Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Fort Worth is just 30 to 40 minutes away. There are always fun events at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, and the Fort Worth Zoo is one of the most respected in the world. Cowtown is also home to Sundance Square, Bass Hall and the internationally acclaimed Kimbell Art Museum. Be sure to eat a Texas-size steak while you’re there.
Both fans and foes of America’s Team pull up in motorhomes to tour AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington. The magnificent home of the Dallas Cowboys houses tons of football history, such as famous plays etched on glass, as well as stunning artwork and cutting-edge architectural features. Check out the locker room, and if you want to feel small, stand on the iconic star at midfield.
If you're partial to baseball, the Texas Rangers play right down the street at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The Hill Country
Central Texas is an RV enthusiast's paradise. Lakes, out-of-the-way swimming holes, caverns, wildflowers and wildlife are plentiful. You could spend a month or more in the Hill Country and never run out of things to do. Inks Lake State Park, for example, offers boating, fishing, skiing, bird-watching and geocaching. If you dare, you can even dive from the cliffs at the Devil’s Waterhole.
Visit Austin while you’re in the area for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Bullock Texas State History Museum, great live music and outstanding barbecue. Expect the unexpected. The state capital’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”
If you want to remember the Alamo or catch the Spurs in action, head south for about 80 miles to San Antonio.
Padre Island National Seashore
This unique spot, the world’s longest barrier island, has endless white beaches for RUV fun in the sun.
Keep an eye out for rare baby sea turtles making their first trek into the ocean. Take in the pelicans from a sea kayak. Fish along Bob Hall Pier to catch your supper fresh from the Gulf of Mexico.