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Texas is big – and we mean big – and the only way to truly appreciate its size is to hit the road and discover what's out there in those wide-open spaces.

The cities have tons to offer, but Texas does “small town” like few other states, with friendly locals, historic buildings, quirky claims to fame and an easygoing way of life everywhere you look.

So what's your pleasure? Fields of wildflowers and rolling hills in the land of Lady Bird Johnson? Beaches and coastal towns along the Gulf? A journey from the Mexico border to the Texas panhandle?

Or intriguing desert landscapes with surprising stops along the way, culminating in a national park? Whatever route you choose, saddle up for adventure on a grand scale.

Hill Country

In March and early April especially, when wildflowers are blooming, this is one of the prettiest drives in all of Texas – perfect for a day trip or a meandering, low-stress vacation.

En route, you can rummage through antique stores, listen to live music, dig in to a plate of barbecue, and learn about the US president who called the Hill Country home.

Begin your trip in San Antonio and end in New Braunfels.

Detours include the small town of Luckenbach (it was immortalized in the song "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)"), Lydon B Johnson Ranch and a top spot for antique lovers – Gruene.

Big Bend
Scenic Loop

Getting to visit Big Bend National Park and experience endless vistas straight out of an old Western would be reason enough to make this trip. But you'll also have plenty of fun along the way.

Unforgettable experiences in west Texas include minimalist art installations, nighttime astronomy parties and thriving ghost towns.

Start your road trip in El Paso, a border city that's wedged into the farthest-flung corner of west Texas, and wraps up at the popular art installation – Prada Marfa.

Highlights include Fort Davis and Terlingua – a one-of-a-kind thriving ghost town.