Texas Road Trip Getaway Planner A Texas road trip may sound like a very ambitious project – bear in mind the punch line “I had a car like that once, too”. (Joke refers to a Texas rancher who brags about being able to get in his car in the morning and drive all day and still be on his ranch). Google the punch line for more. Rather than plan a cross-Texas trip from Houston to El Paso, how about concentrating on the southeast part of the state – Houston, San Antonio, Austin, the Hill Country and the Gulf Coast. The tourist attractions are only a few hours apart, but the experiences are worlds apart.
New Mexico and Arizona Vacation Spots Further west, New Mexico and Arizona are great year-round vacation spots. Place names like Santa Fe, Sedona, Tuscon and Scottsdale resound with a feeling of relaxation and vacation, so consider planning a vacation in the deserts and mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is home to upscale galleries and shopping as well as a unique and authentic Spanish and Native American flavor. Sedona, Arizona is a spiritual destination and the capital of the New Age movement – expect to come away with experiences quite different than you would in other Southwest vacation spots. Even if you are not sure if vortexes, crystals and healers are for you, the red rock landscape will leave you breathless and a few megabytes of images richer. Further south, Scottsdale is adjacent to Phoenix, Arizona and is home to a nice collection of high-end spas and resorts. It may get hot from time to time, but that’s the price one pays for year-round golf. Anyway, it’s a “dry heat”. Repeat as necessary.
New Mexico and Arizona Tourist Attractions The mother of all tourist attractions, the Grand Canyon, is located in Northern Arizona. The south rim is open year round. Most tourists visit in the summer and enjoy the relatively cool climate at the rim which warms up as one hikes down to the river. Winter visitors may need some skills to begin the decent on the snow covered trails, but the trail quickly warms up. By the time you get to the river – it is summer!
Heading south from the Grand Canyon, Arizona has varied tourist attractions including ghost towns (think Tombstone), Native American ruins, modern urban centers, New Age centers and natural desert beauty. Don’t miss the Saguaro Cactus near Tucson.
In the Four Corners area of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico you will find many Native American attractions. The area is definitely off the beaten path. Closer to Santa Fe and a prime New Mexico tourist attraction is Taos, both the town and the living Native American Taos Pueblo, nearby.
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort - New Braunfels (San Antonio), TX
Cielo Vista Mall - El Paso, Texas
Ski Apache Resort - Ruidoso, New Mexico
Ski Cloudcroft - New Mexico
Padre Island National Seashore Beach - Texas
The Tucson Mall - Arizona
Baybrook Mall - Friendswood, Texas
The Galleria Mall - Houston, Texas
Katy Mills Outlet Mall - Texas
Deerbrook Mall - Humble, Texas
The Shops at La Cantera Mall - San Antonio, Texas
Sea World - San Antonio, Texas
Memorial City Mall - Houston, Texas
Kemah Boardwalk Amusement Park - Kemah (Houston), Texas
Lakeline Mall - Cedar Park, Texas
Barton Creek Square Mall - Austin, Texas
Ingram Park Mall - San Antonio, Texas
Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim, Arizona
Highland Mall - Austin, Texas
South Padre Island Beach Front - Texas
Space Center - Houston, Texas
Lake Austin Spa Resort - Lake House Spa - Austin, Texas
Big Bend National Park - Texas
Texas Hill Country - San Antonio, TX
San Jacinto Mall - Baytown, Texas
Tanger Outlet Mall - San Marcos, Texas
The Forum At Olympia Parkway - Selma, Texas
Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas
Cottonwood Mall - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado
Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
Brazos Bend State Park - Houston, Texas