End of the Year Road Trip Bucket List Texas Destinations

Dallas downtown skyline in the evening

If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas in the new year, hit up these bucket list destinations and pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. You can also visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches, klobasnek, and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

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