Ultimate Texas Road Trip Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Visit the laid back beach towns on the Gulf Coast, enjoy the charming small towns and wineries in the Texas Hill Country, and enjoy the urban vibes of Austin, San Antonio, Houston or Dallas.

Dallas – 2 Days

Start your Texas road trip in Dallas. Dallas is a diverse city with plenty of urban attractions including museums, city parks, restaurants, and cultural attractions. A must visit attraction is the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas.

Fort Worth – 1 Day

Wish to experience the wild west on your Texas road trip? Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards! The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic area filled with cowboys, honky tonk bars, and delicious barbecue.

Texas Panhandle – 2 Days

From Dallas, we recommend taking the road north through the Texas Panhandle to Amarillo. Amarillo is one of the most underrated big cities in the Lone Star State. Spend some time in Amarillo see the historic district, museums, murals, and restaurants in the city.

Optional: Waco

On your way to Austin, you can visit Waco. Waco is home to several attractions including the Waco Mammoth National Monument and the Dr. Pepper museum. Located on the banks of the Brazos River, Waco is also one of the best places to go kayaking in Texas.

Austin – 2 Days

The modern city of Austin is the capital of Texas. Must-see attractions in the city include the Texas State Capitol building, Barton Springs Municipal pool, Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake, and Mount Bonnell. Austin is also famous for its live music scene and the diverse culinary options.