Now that spring has actually sprung, your heart may be yearning to take a quick roadtrip. Or maybe it's just a persistent grumbling voice saying "GET OUT!" Either way, you're looking for a great destination, and we've assembled a list of some of the best roadtrips from Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas.
One of the biggest "problems" with living in Dallas is the sheer number of choices you have for your springtime getaway. Let's say you're looking to get a little camping done; do you know how many state parks there are within two hours of Dallas? Here, we'll show you.
- Bonham State Park, surrounding a 650-acre man-made lake
- Cedar Hill State Park, site of the old Penn Farm
- Cleburne State Park, amid fields of bluebonnets
- Cooper Lake State Park, near the Sam Bell Maxey House
- Dinosaur Valley State Park, containing some of the best preserved dinosaur footprints
- Eisenhower State Park, overlooking Lake Texoma
- Fairfield Lake State Park, home of many fishing tournaments
- Fort Parker State Park, near historic Old Fort Parker (oddly enough)
- Fort Richardson, with many historic post-Civil war era landmarks
- Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, with its new Lone Star Amphitheater
- Lake Tawakoni State Park, known for the largest spider web ever discovered (which we'll look at a distance, thank you)
- Meridian State Park, near Fossil Rim as well as Six Flags Over Texas and the city of Meridian and its renovated historic Bosque County Courthouse
- Purtis Creek State Park, which has a no wake/speed restriction on its small lake (for a tranquil time)
- Tyler State Park, near the rose capital of the world Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
Of course, there are those of us whose idea of camping involves room service. For that matter, maybe you're just looking for a quick getaway from which you can return to the comfort of your own bed. Again, the problem with Dallas is that you may have too many choices.
Neighboring Fort Worth, for example, is all-but-bursting with great museum choices. For art, you've got the Sid Richardson Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the world-renowned Kimbell Art Museum. On top of that, you've got the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, as well as the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. That may be too much knowledge for any one city to handle!
For a slightly longer trip with a more whimsical destination, head down to Waco and visit the Dr Pepper Museum. See the animatronic Charles Alderton, inventor of Dr Pepper as well as vintage advertisements and an on-site artesian well and soda fountain. Keep in mind, however, that according to their website, "belching is not encouraged."
And that's just the tip of a massive "things to do" iceberg. While in Waco you could visit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. If you're in a sporty frame of mind, go to Nocona and tour the Nokona baseball glove factory, the only handmade baseball glove factory in the U.S. Or you could head over to Hico for a tour of a gourmet chocolatier at Wiseman House Chocolates.
Seriously, you may run out of days in spring before you run out of roadtrip destinations around Dallas. So get out there and enjoy!