Introduction: Who goes on a Texas road trip anyway?
Who goes on a Texas road trip anyway? Tourists, that’s who. With our weather and culture and land, we are a natural draw for anyone looking to get out of the cold. Texas has a lot to offer visitors, and we’re going to explore some of our most unique attributes during our time away from home.
We choose to go on a major trip over the holidays because it affords us extra time with our family and has the added benefit of packing up the car and hitting the road. A variety of our friends take similar trips, so we decided to join them this year. We’re taking a 5-day, 4-night road trip that starts on Christmas Eve and ends Christmas Day. Here are some highlights, though we’re sure there’s plenty more:
1. We cross the 100th meridian and go to the La Sal Mountains: We live in the Hill Country, but we want to explore a different part of Texas. Not what we typically think of when we think of Texas, but we’ve heard that it’s awesome. The drive over is tough and takes most of the day, which gives us an opportunity to see some great views near Fredericksburg. [See video]
2. We head to the San Antonio River: We’re going to walk through some history on our trip, and we’ll get a chance to see this land that I never knew existed. It’s a short 10-mile hike in San Antonio, but it’s an adventure. [See video]
What are the Best Places to visit in Texas?
Texas is an extremely diverse state, and our cities are a reflection of that. Houston, the largest city in Texas, is one of the most diverse cities in the entire country (and often within the top five). You’ll find everything from Vietnamese to German to Hispanic and African immigrants living side by side here. The tall buildings and wide streets are evidence of this abundance of cultures.
Houston is also home to the world’s largest medical center, with over 44.8 square miles under one roof. The feeling of constant construction that you’ll see in Houston is a testament to the growth that can be achieved in such as short amount of time. There are new developments popping up all over town, and advances in technology are being made every day.
San Antonio is also a city on the rise. Home to one of the oldest missions in the United States and the Alamo, San Antonio is a very historic city. Other than the missions, you can find townhouses, condos, and apartments all within a relatively small area and only about 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio.
The Road Trip Itinerary
We’ve broken down the trip into a few different day and night itineraries. We’ll be working our way north as a family, stopping our first two nights in Brownsville, Texas. Brownville is home to Brownsville International Airport, and it’s just 15 minutes from South Padre Island. The family will meet up here so we can all get acclimated with the plan of driving up to San Antonio together. After arriving in San Antonio, we’ll be spending the next three nights there. The first night will be a visit to the Alamo and downtown area. The family will then head to the north side of town to stay at a hotel close to where we’ll be doing our journey into Mexico, just north of Austin.
With San Antonio in the rear view, we’ll start the drive to Marathon, Texas, a small town on the way to Laredo – a major crossing point for cars coming from Mexico. We’ll spend the night here and set our departure for El Paso for the next day.
We’ll spend our first night in Big Bend National Park before going into Mexico. Many of our family members are from here, so this is going to be a special place for us to visit together. These are the itineraries we are planning for:
Day One of the Road Trip Itinerary [to use as knowledge, not to be copied verbatim]:
Tips and Tricks for Planning & Preparing a Texas Road Trip
the combined gas station, grocery store and convenience mart. A lot of our gas stations have a mini market inside that has snacks, soda and a few other grocery items. These can be especially handy if you’re travelling on a longer journey or are looking for a quick stop.
The most important thing to remember when planning your road trip is to plan ahead. Think about where and when you want to go and what you want to do while there. It helps to have a rough idea of how much time you want to spend in every place you visit and what you want to see or do. That way, when you start getting close to your destination, it won’t seem as overwhelming.
Conclusion: A High-Tech Way of Enjoying Your Next Texas Road Trip
The Internet of Things is taking over, and cars are no exception. Many of the new cars coming out on the market come equipped with a variety of car monitoring systems. Some can be controlled from your smartphone, and others monitor your driving habits to help you save money on gas. Additional extras can include built-in navigation and real-time traffic information.
The vehicle that you drive is a large investment. It helps you get from point A to point B, but it also helps your car insurance provider give you a low premium. Having this information readily available can make it easier for an insurance agent to determine the level of risk associated with insuring your automobile.
According to a study by the American Auto Policy Group, drivers who use car monitoring systems are more likely to save on gas and believe that they are safer drivers than those who do not. While there are many people who use the car monitoring system out of necessity, there are others that choose to monitor their automobile’s performance as a way of improving their driving skills.
For example, one driver noticed that he was overpaying for his insurance because he did not change his driving habits after an accident. He was able to use his car monitoring system to gather information, which he then passed along to his insurance representative. This allowed them to come up with a plan of action that would allow him to save money on his insurance in the future.