The real charm of Texas lies in its small towns, enchanting parks, and wide-open road spaces with a discovery around every bend. Here in the Lone Star State, we have a healthy mix of everything. All you need to bring with you on the road trip is a good vehicle and a hearty sense of adventure.
Here are two of the best road trips in southern Texas.
Galveston and the Gulf Coast
Galveston can be likened to the glitz of Santa Monica, California without the high prices! This seaside town has a historic pleasure pier featuring a Ferris wheel, amusement park games, concessions, and so much more, right along the beach. Enjoy the beauty of a variety of historical buildings meticulously maintained, such as Bishop’s Palace and Moody Mansion.
For a longer trip, follow the coast going west as far as Corpus Christi, where there are beaches, islands, bays, and ports ripe for exploration. While here, visit the USS Lexington battle ship and the Texas State Aquarium.
If you’re up for going even further down the coast, South Padre Island has much to offer. This resort town is on a barrier island with wonderful beaches lapped by the calm Gulf waters. There is a 5-story watchtower from which birdwatchers can get a glimpse of seasonal migrants. The South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sealife Nature Center offers some great fun for the whole family, and there’s plenty of restaurants for a quick bite and a refreshing cocktail.
Taco Lovers – This Road Trip Is for You!
This is one road trip where you don’t need to bring snacks. Start your day in Houston and have the city’s best breakfast tacos at Brothers Taco House. They have been serving up delicious tacos to the locals and visitors alike for a long time. Envision your choice of delectable meat, potato, egg, and cheese all stuffed into a warm, house-made tortilla. With tons of combos on offer, it is sure to satisfy every palette.
While in Houston, don’t miss Barbacoa at Gerardo’s Drive In at 609 Patton Street; you cannot go astray with barbacoa, especially when it’s paired with creamy avocado slices, the freshest tomatoes, and the spiciest salsa. Houston is chock full of great authentic Mexican, but Gerardo’s is one of our top picks.
Right here in Alvin, stop by Juanita’s Taqueria for the freshest, most authentic Mexican food including mini tacos for the kids, amazing Al pastor, and roasted red pepper salsa with a smoky flavor that is unbeatable.
Heading south, our last taco road trip stop is in Galveston, there is a lot to choose from in the way of Mexican goodness, but The Original Mexican Café is a top contender. It was founded way back in 1916 and claims to be the oldest Galveston restaurant still in its original location – and we believe ‘em! Don’t leave here without trying the fish tacos.