Exploring Waxahachie!

Last fall, I headed up to the Metroplex to check out what is possibly the spookiest mansion in Texas — but after surviving my tour inside the haunted house, I decided to explore Waxahachie and see what I could get into. The answer? Alot. Growing up in Fort Worth, occasionally the strange name of this Dallas suburb would pop up in conversation, but I’d never ventured there myself. After spending a day there, I found that Waxahachie is as fun as it’s name is to say (altogether now: WAHKS-UH-HATCH-EE)!

When you stumble upon the #StarshipPegasus as you’re getting gas 🖖🏼👽 #SpaceshipForSale

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On my way into town, I decided to stop off at a gas station to fill up, and to my surprise, right next to the station was the ever-elusive, magnificent Starship Pegasus! This tribute to the Star Trek spaceship the “Starship Enterprise” was originally built in Italy, TX to be an arcade and restaurant, but that never stuck and now it’s just an abandoned spaceship sitting in a field next to a Shell station off Interstate 35 and the perfect selfie destination.

My first stop in town was going to be the Ellis County Museum, but the Ellis County Courthouse was so mesmerizing, it pulled me off track. Right in the middle of the bustling Town Square, this looming historic courthouse, built in 1897, looks more like an enchanted castle, with its grand architecture and turrets shooting into the sky.

After circling the courthouse a few times (turns out courthouse-gawking while driving is exceptionally difficult), I finally headed on to the Ellis County Museum right off the Square. It’s so packed with information about Waxahachie and Ellis County, I could have spent hours there.

What’s cool about the museum is that it recounts history through the eyes of the locals. I perused exhibit after exhibit packed with personal photos and audio clips describing first-hand accounts of significant moments like blackout drills during WWII, the rising career of Waxahachie native Paul Rapier Richards from a local baseball player to a world-renown player for the Dodgers and Giants and even the impact of the failure of the Superconducting Super Collider (it sounds like a Sci-Fi weapon but it was actually a billion dollar super collider in town that was shut down before it was even finished being built). There’s so much history in this town!

While walking the Square, I found the old Texas Theater, Waxahachie’s first theater that was built in 1895. Sadly, it’s no longer open, but it’s still quite a sight to see. Another point of interest on the Square is Webb Gallery, which could also be described as the weirdest museum in Texas…This art gallery is a collection of art pieces that are both odd and wonderful like a toothpick Ferris wheel and old circus posters!

After making a few trips around the Square, I was parched — luckily Pop’s Burger Stand was just a few blocks away. At this 50s-themed diner, I found relief in a giant frosty mug of Root Beer and a sack full of salty, crispy fries. Also not to be missed are the ginormous burgers!

The Historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot from the late 1800s has been transformed into a chic shop where you can buy a new shirt and learn about the history of this rail line. And since I like my history with a side of retail bliss, this was one of my favorite places. Out back, an old MKT caboose is parked on the original tracks.

Next it was on to Tuscan Slice, a family-owned strip mall pizza joint, that was packed…even at 2 in the afternoon! As I waited for my pizza and shoved fresh wood-fired garlic bread into my mouth, I watched the chef toss pizza dough and, after giving them their own little balls of dough, taught three giggling little boys how to make their own crusts. Soon enough, my perfectly round Chipotle Chicken Pizza arrived, still steaming from the wood oven and decked in fresh jalapenos, purple onions and marinated Chicken. It was quickly devoured and I decided this was surely a slice of Italian heaven right in the middle of town.

As the day ended, and I parted from Waxahachie, I was already making plans to return (I’ve honestly been craving that pizza ever since…) After exploring, it turns out there’s way more to this town than just its funky name! From homemade eats and decked-out diners to history — both eccentric and educational — Waxahachie is definitely worth the trip!

Podcast 46 – “Green Energy in Texas”

Join us on this podcast as Chet and Todd talk with Mayor Dale Ross from the City of Georgetown about Green Energy. Georgetown is the only city in Texas to be 100% renewable energy. Ever wondered about the what, the why, the how and benefits of green energy, we cover these questions and much more!

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Dia de Rudy’s: ATX Recap!

Trippers! Thank you for making Dia de Rudy’s on Saturday one of our MOST EPIC EVENTS YET! Eating at ALL FOUR Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q locations around Austin in ONE GLORIOUS DAY was quite the challenge and Y’ALL made it EPIC! Thanks for meating with us! We loved meeting you and had tons of fun. If you missed out, here’s a recap!

We began our meaty adventure bright and early at the North Austin 183 Location at 9 a.m. where we were welcomed with a ginormous crowd and breakfast tacos galore!

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We had a blast meeting you guys! We even got to hang out with two of our favorite four-legged trippers!

Then it was on to the 360 location for a meaty brunch and some fun on the playground in the back!

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Throughout the day, we had an AMAZING turn-out at all four locations! You took EPIC photos and tagged them with #diaderudys, so here are a few of our favorites!

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We grabbed an early lunch at the West Austin 620 Rudy’s location of the classic moist brisket — which was delicious, as always! And of course, it was time to break out the Lone Star!

As the day continued, we met even more awesome Trippers!

We even got to help Kaitlyn celebrate her 9th birthday! Happy Birthday and Keep on trippin’!

We gave the day a big finish at the Round Rock Rudy’s Location and went with some creamed corn and the Prime Rib. Of course, Nanner pudding was our dessert.

Shout out to the AMAZING 52 folks that were hungry enough to travel with us to ALL FOUR RUDY’S LOCATIONS! Wow! That is the biggest crowd we’ve had at Dia de Rudy’s!

What a day! We loved hanging out with all of you on this meaty journey across Austin. Thank you so much for coming out to say “hello” and a HUGE thank you to Rudy’s for making it possible!

Check out our Houston and DFW Dia de Rudy’s recaps for more meat madness!

“Dia de Rudy’s” in Austin, April 8!

Alright Austinites, get ready because it’s YOUR TURN for a day full of barbecue! We had tons of fun with the Dia de Rudy’s in Houston and Dallas, and we are so excited to eat meat with YOU! We’ll be making our way to all FOUR Rudy’s locations in Austin and Round Rock on April 8, and we want you to join us. We’ll start with brisket breakfast tacos at the North Austin location on Highway 183 and end our meaty journey through town with a late lunch at the Round Rock location. If you can’t make it to all of them, join us at one or more — but just so you know, there will be awesome PRIZES for anyone who makes it to all 4!

TIMES AND RUDY’S LOCATIONS

9:00 a.m. — North Austin 183 Location (11570 Research Blvd.) How about some barbecue breakfast tacos to start off the day?

10:30 a.m. — South Austin 360 Location (2451 S Capital of Texas Hwy) Time for a pulled pork brunch…

11:45 a.m. — West Austin 620 Location (7709 Ranch Road 620) Who’s up for an early lunch of brisket by the pound?

1:00 p.m. — Round Rock, TX Location (2400 N Interstate 35) Oh boy! A late lunch of ribs and sausage!

Of course, eating TONS of BBQ in one day will be awesome, but the fun doesn’t stop there! At each location, we will be handing out a playing card and at the end of the day, all card-holders will play a game of 5-card stud for the chance to win a $250 Rudy’s gift card.

Throughout the day, participants will be given a BINGO card to play on for an all-day contest. Winners will receive awesome Rudy’s swag.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Each participant that completes the challenge of eating at all 4 locations on April 8 will win a $50 gift card to Rudy’s!

Click here to see our Facebook Events Page!

So join us for a day of fantastic BBQ, fun games and sweet prizes!

7 Places in Texas to Eat Rabbit

When you think of Easter, you may imagine cute fluffy bunnies that hide eggs for children to excitedly hunt for on Easter day. Well, we’ve created a list that requires you to hunt for a different kind of prize…and one that’s way more exciting for your stomach. Here are seven places in Texas to find deliciously prepared rabbit meat. So bring your appetite and hop, jump or leap to the restaurant nearest you!

Contigo – Austin, TX

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Hop on over to Contigo in East Austin to get your fill of bunny. They serve up a delicious rabbit and dumplings that’s just as tasty for brunch as it is for dinner. Modeled after the Contigo Ranch in South Texas, this restaurant has a beautiful patio that’s perfect for relaxing with friends and dining under the big beautiful Texas sky.

 

Fabi + Rosi – Austin, TX

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Just outside Downtown Austin is this posh little eatery where you can enjoy Peter Rabbit’s worst nightmare: Rabbit Stew (dun dun dunnnn…) All jokes aside, with tender rabbit in a rich stew of roasted parsnips, carrots, mushrooms and doughy dumplings, this classic and cozy dish at Fabi + Rosi might just be the comfort food you need after tirelessly hiding (or searching for) Easter eggs all day. Enjoy your warm stew in the flickering candlelight of this intimate dining room.

 

Thanh Phuong Restaurant – Pearland, TX

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Thanh Phuong Restaurant, located just south of Houston, dishes out delectable Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine that will make you feel like you’re overseas instead of in a small strip mall in Pearland, TX. Your taste buds will be leaping for joy after you try their specialty deep fried rabbit with garlic and french butter.

 

Sammy’s Wild Game Grill – Houston, TX

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In West Houston, at Sammy’s Wild Game Grill, you will find rabbit heaven. At this glorious restaurant, you can order rabbit sausage hot dogs, rabbit sausage salads, rabbit burgers – basically the list of rabbit specialties hops on and on… You should probably head on over there to have your own bunny-filled Easter Brunch as soon as possible!

 

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro – Fort Worth, TX

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Chef Tim Love is serving up rabbit in yummy abundance at his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Fort Worth Stockyards. On the appetizer menu, you’ll find the truly Texan dish of Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage, where you can be the ultimate top of the food chain as you devour both prey and predator alike. You can also get Rabbit Confit with Seared Scallops as an appetizer and Rabbit Tenderloin and Confit Leg with Sheperd’s Pie for a main course.

Meddlesome Moth – Dallas, TX

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Instead of millions of moths, which you might expect to find at a restaurant named the Meddlesome Moth, you’ll find over 40 craft beers on tap in this gastropub located in the Design District of Dallas. And what pairs perfectly with a cold brew? Why, a warm and delightful rabbit pot pie, of course! You’ll enjoy dining and drinking by the light of stained-glass paintings of Rock and Roll royalty like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Il Sogno Osteria – San Antonio, TX

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Head north of Downtown San Antonio to find the Pearl District, a vibrant take on the classic Riverwalk. In this district, you’ll find historic buildings surrounding the San Antonio River that have been upcycled into a whole new area for exploring  — and that’s where you’ll also find your new favorite eatery, Il Sogno Osteria. This upscale Italian restaurant serves mean authentic cuisine including the fanciest rabbit stew you’ve ever heard of — Coniglio in Umido (that’s rabbit cooked in red wine with fresh veggies if you don’t happen to speak Italian…) Combine that with a Nutella tart and you’ve got one “magnifique” meal.

 

Podcast 45 – Talkin’ Texas April 2017

Join us on this podcast as Chet, Todd and Jordan talk about snakes, Luck, the Texas Legislature, traffic cameras and more. Yep, this is our monthly episode where talk about what’s going on in Texas.

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The HISTORIC Route 66 Road Trip!

There is no highway more iconic than Route 66, so we’ve created the Historic Route 66 Road Trip to remind you of the good old days when folks were driving cross country to chase their dreams and the journey was just as fun as the destination.

Route 66 was paved in 1926 to carry travelers, tourists and dreamers, alike, from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL, and since we’d never ask you to leave this great state, our road trip will take you along the historic route from the Texas town farthest west, Glenrio, east to Shamrock, TX. And while Route 66, itself, doesn’t exist anymore, this road trip passes along where it used to be and where nostalgic treasures still remain. So crank up those tunes, roll down your windows and cruise!

HERE’S THE MAP

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Destination 1: Ghost Town – Glenrio, NM-TX

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail.

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail.

Your first stop is actually in New Mexico…but it’s also in Texas (confused yet…?) The ghost town lies across the New Mexico-Texas border. Settled in 1905, Glenrio had a liquor store in the New Mexico side of town (where alcohol was allowed) and the post office on the Texas side (but no bars — Texas was dry at that time.) It is also one of the only Exit 0’s in the country. Though you’d never be able to tell from the now eerily abandoned buildings, this town was a hot spot in the Route 66 days.

 

Destination 2: Midpoint Cafe – Adrian, TX

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail.

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail.

This little diner is a Route 66 legend. Built in 1928 and located exactly halfway between Santa Monica and Chicago, it provided the perfect place for travelers to relax along the route, and 88 years later, it’s still doing just that. Midpoint Cafe serves up classics like fried bologna and juicy burgers and contains a Route 66 Souvenir and Antique shop. Most important of all are their “ugly” homemade pies that taste heavenly.

TIP: The next town you’ll pass through is Vega, where you’ll find the strange Dot’s Mini Museum, a little room full of quirky artifacts from the historic Route 66 collected by Dot, herself. The Cowboy Boot Tree that sits in front of the museum is both odd and beautiful.

 

Destination 3: Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, TX

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This art installation was originally “planted” by the art group “Ant Farm” in 1974 on billionaire Stanley Marsh 3’s property. It’s become a famous must-see attraction in Texas and no road trip would be complete without it. Be sure to bring spray paint so you, too, can leave your mark!

PHOTO OP: About 25 minutes away from Cadillac Ranch, is another art installation paid for by Stanley Marsh 3 and created by Lightnin’ McDuff called “Huge Pair of Legs” that was modeled after an Egyptian statue. These feet may not be along Route 66 (it’s at 4743 W Sundown Ln.), but it’s weird enough that it’s definitely worth visiting.

Destination 4: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum – Amarillo, TX

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There’s nothing better than a long family road trip in an old-timey RV, and while you can no longer travel in such style, you can visit the RV Museum to learn all about these classic trailers. It’s great place to get your mind in that yesteryear-frame-of-mind as you continue traveling down the historic highway.

TIP: Hungry? As you pass along Route 66 through Amarillo, there are plenty of places to eat like the Golden Light Cantina (the oldest restaurant in town, built on Route 66 in 1946)  in the Historic District on 2906 SW 6th Ave. Of course, we’re a fan of the Big Texan Steak House, view our encounter with their giant 72 oz. steak here.

Destination 5: Lile Art Gallery – Amarillo TX

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Photo by Lile Art Gallery

If you were looking at Cadillac Ranch and thought, “Man I wish I could wear that” then this is the place for you. Bob “Crocodile” Lile takes chips of paint that have fallen off the iconic cars and through a process of buffing and UV lighting, makes them into beautiful jewelry he’s calling “Cadilite.”

Destination 6: US Route 66 Sixth Street Historic District – Amarillo, TX

Photo by Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail

Photo by Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail

While you’re in Amarillo, take a drive down the actual Historic Route 66 which is now SW 6th Ave. It still contains buildings from when this was the central part of town as travelers trekked across the country in the 20s like The Nat which was once an indoor pool and then a ballroom where Duke Ellington performed. It’s now an antique shop. You’ll also find Amarillo’s Route 66 Store and tons of live music venues and restaurants along this road.

Destination 7: VW Slug Bug Ranch – Conway, TX

Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail.

Barbara Brannon/Texas Plains Trail.

This next destination is especially helpful if you’re losing at the “Punch Buggy” car game. Just like Cadillac Ranch, this lesser-known car art installation features five Volkswagens that have been buried nose-down in the ground and left for every tourist with spray paint to leave their name. And unlike Cadillac Ranch, chances are it won’t be packed. Find it next to the Conway Inn and Restaurant (9696 Interstate 40).

 

Destination 8: Giant Cross – Groom, TX

Photo by Tony Hisget

Photo by Tony Hisget

In Groom, you can spot this 190 ft. cross looming over the land from the freeway. This structure which is a part of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, is actually the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. As you continue through Groom, if you see a leaning water tower, your eyes aren’t tricking you. It’s the “Leaning Tower of Texas” that was built before the cross with a 10-degree lean as a marketing ploy to attract visitors to the small town.

TIP: About 20 minutes after you leave Groom, you’ll come across the I-40 East Rest Area at Mile Marker 129, which is an attraction in itself. It is built to resemble an old building from the 1950s and now has a Route 66 Museum (as well as actual restrooms) inside…what more could you need?

Destination 9: First Phillips 66 Station in Texas – McLean, TX

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Built in the early 1920s, this little house was the first Phillips 66 Station in Texas. It has since been restored by The Old Route 66 Association of Texas. It is no longer a working gas station, but it is a great place for a photo op! You can find it at 219 Gray Street.

Destination 10: Devil’s Rope Museum and Route 66 Museum- McLean, TX

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail

Photo by Barbara Brannon/ Texas Plains Trail

One side of the museum is dedicated to barbed wire, with everything from barbed wire types to barbed wire sculptures. The other side is the largest Route 66 museum in Texas featuring over 700 artifacts like the original cow from Amarillo’s Big Texan Steak Ranch, road signs, advertisements and more! Find it at 100 Kingsley St. And while you’re in town, check out the Cactus Inn — a motel built in 1956 that’s still hosting travelers 1950’s-style!

TIP: As you drive through Lela on your way to Shamrock look out for the RATTLESNAKES sign that was once an advertisement for the famous Regal Reptiles Ranch, a famed Route 66 attraction until the 80’s. The sign is on the corner of Donley and First Street.

 

Destination 11: U Drop Inn Cafe – Shamrock, TX

Photo by Keith George

Photo by Keith George

This 1920s art-deco style building is one of the coolest sights along Route 66, and possibly the most well-known site along the route in Texas, thanks to the 2006 Disney animated-film Cars, where it was featured as Ramone’s House of Body Art. U Drop-Inn was built in 1936 and was a service station and cafe. It is now a visitor’s center, museum and gift shop.

YOU DID IT! Our attractions stop here, but Route 66 continues all the way to Texola, OK taking you through Benonine, TX. If you aren’t done “getting your kicks,” you can continue riding the highway all the way to the end of Texas (or even to the end of the highway in Chicago…)

Texas Cave Trail Road Trip

Central Texas is well known for its sprawling hills, pristine rivers and all-around breathtaking views — but, what you may not know that its just as mesmerizing down below as it is on top. That’s because it’s home to four of the most incredible caves in Texas: Inner Space Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns, Cave Without a Name and Caverns of Sonora. And what’s even cooler is that these four caves have teamed up to make one EPIC road trip called the “Texas Cave Trail.

Starting this year, when you visit one of the caves on the trail you’ll receive a passport or you can print one. Your mission should you choose to accept it (and you should cause it’s awesome) is to take that passport and visit the three other caves in any order within a year to get stamps for each one. Not only will you walk away with an experience unlike any other, but you’ll also receive a FREE T-SHIRT at the end of your cave-trippin’ journey! Read on to learn more about your destinations.

Here’s the Map:

Inner Space Caverns – Georgetown, TX

Courtesy of Inner Space Caverns.

The caverns were first discovered when highway crews were checking to see if the ground was sound enough to build Interstate 35 on it in 1963 — it was, but they found the Inner Space Caverns when their drill bit got stuck in the limestone below. Explore the massive cathedral-like rooms in these caves on foot on the Adventures Tour or crawl through undeveloped sections of the cave on the Hidden Passages Tour. Either way, there’s nothing more awe-inspiring than the rumble of cars passing on the highway overhead or the complete darkness you can experience in the caves. One sight you can’t miss is the Lake of the Moon — a sight that seems more fitting for astronauts in a spaceship.

Natural Bridge Caverns – San Antonio, TX

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Natural Bridge is the largest show cave in Texas, with tours leading you down 180 feet beneath the earth! You can explore the depths by taking a walking Discovery Tour where you’ll learn about the ancient stalactites and stalagmites or you can get an up-close and personal look at these giant formations on the Hidden Passages tour as you venture through untouched parts of the cave and experience total darkness. If you’re really up for a challenge you can take the Lantern Tour where your only source of light is a few lanterns; you’ll see what it was like when the cave was first discovered by college students in 1960. When you’re done exploring underground, head back to the surface for ziplining and a giant maze. See our time at Natural Bridge here.

Cave Without a Name – Boerne, TX

Yes, the Cave without a Name is the actual name of this “nameless” cave…confused yet? After it was discovered by three children, the town hosted a contest to decide a name for the cave. One entry said “That cave is too beautiful for a name” — and well, the rest is history. But the name (or rather non-name?) of this cave is not the only cool thing here. You can tour Cave Without a Name and see the many breathtaking formations or attend a musical performance inside the cave where amazing acoustics and wondrous rock formations combine to make one incredibly unique opportunity. See our time in the cave here.

Caverns of Sonora – Sonora, TX

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This beautiful cave halfway between the Hill Country and West Texas was actually discovered when a dog chased a raccoon into the caves in the 1920s. Take in the astounding sights of this cave to find alien rock formations and otherworldly beauty on a Crystal Palace Tour or become Indiana Jones and rappel down into the dark depths of the cave on the Discovery Challenge. If you’d rather, you can capture every rock, water droplet and moment on a Photography Tour.

Get to exploring and find more information about the Texas Cave Trail here!

Podcast 44 – “Hidden Texas”

Join us on this podcast as Chet, Todd and Jordan talk about little-known places to visit in Texas. Jordan recently wrote an article for Texas Monthly called “Hidden Texas” and we dive into that list. So get your latest copy of Texas Monthly, grab a pen and a map and start planning your next trip…off the beaten path.

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4 Spring Break Road Trips

Barbecue, Bluebonnets, Swimming Holes and History — these are all the things that make up a Texas-sized Spring Break adventure. Instead of wasting the week away in front of the TV, get out and explore all the awesome things Texas has to offer! Choose one adventure from this list or trip them all for the MOST EPIC Spring Break ever! Happy Trippin’!

 The ULTIMATE Bluebonnet Road Trip

Here in Texas, we sure love a good field sprinkled with hundreds of bluebonnets. On this road trip, you get your blue-flower-fill in the heart of the Hill Country, with stops in Burnet and Llano (both Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas), the famous Willow City Loop (a 13 mile scenic drive through creeks and hills), The Blue Bonnet Cafe for creamy pie in Marble Falls and more! Click here for the route.

The ULTIMATE BBQ Belt Road Trip

If eating your way across Texas sounds like the dream, then this is the trip for you. Be sure to wear your fat pants because you’ve got 6 meaty destinations awaiting you including the hallowed ‘que institiution Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, three barbecue joints in Lockhart (aka “the Barbecue Capital of Texas”) and so much more. Click here to start eating…

The Historic Route 66 Road Trip

Picture by Keith George.

Pack the family in the car and trip to the “good ol’ days” when folks were driving cross-country to chase their dreams. On this road trip, the journey is just as fun as the destination. Check out Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, a historic ghost town in *gasp* New Mexico, a Texas-sized cross, the iconic U Drop Inn Cafe in Shamrock, TX and so much more. *DISCLAIMER: You must crank up the tunes and roll down the windows on this trip. Click here for the cruisin’ route.

The ULTIMATE Swimmin’ Holes Road Trip

Texas weather changes on the daily — one day you need a little rainy day fun, and the next day you’re sweating in the sun. On those sweltering days, cool off with this splash-worthy road trip that includes Barton Springs in Austin, Blue Hole (in both Wimberley and Georgetown), Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs and more! Click here for this wet and wild route.

Want even more fun? Click here for tons of Spring Break ideas!