Texas Awaits

These incredible Texas destinations beckon Austin travelers

El Cosmico Marfa Spartan Manor Trailer
Photo by Nick Simonite
Marfa, TX/Chinati Foundation
Photo courtesy of Kit and Ace
Rancho Pillow Round Rop
Photo by Knoxy Knox
Cypress Valley Treehouses
Photo courtesy of Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
Natural Bridge Caverns
Photo courtesy of Natural Bridge Caverns

As the year winds down, we're taking a look back at the most popular CultureMap travel stories of 2017, with a Texas bent. These destinations will satisfy your itch to get out and explore the Lone Star State's most iconic destinations, plus some under-the-radar spots. 

Some make for an easy day trip from Austin and others require more of a journey — all of them are in your backyard.

The ultimate road trip to West Texas' best destinations 
When it comes to the ultimate road trip, there’s no better terrain to traverse than West Texas. So gather up some pals (or don’t, because solitary sojourns are where it’s at), crank up the lonesome sounds of Townes Van Zandt, and start the trek westward.

Beyond Marfa: 3 adventures to celebrate the epic spirit of West Texas
So you've visited Marfa. On your next trip out west, spring for these nearby alternatives and go even further off the grid.

5 quirky weekend getaways just an hour from Austin
When you’re looking for a quick, unique weekend getaway, there’s plenty of quirk hiding close to the city. Here are five spots we recommend adding to your travel bucket list.

Amazing Texas treehouses take glamping to new heights
Yurts in the dirt are cool and all, but what about having breakfast with the birds? Pack your bags for a night in one of these Texas treehouses. From a treehouse built around a 100-year-old cypress just outside of Austin to a spa featured on Animal Planet, these spots take glamping to new heights.

5 best Texas state parks to visit in 2017
There are incredible state parks right in your backyard. Check out our picks for the top Texas state parks to visit near and far. After all, there's still time to explore before the year ends. 

The ultimate guide to the 10 best places to camp across Texas
Whether you’re a mountain fanatic, beach bum, or canyon lover, Texas has some of the most unique and diverse kinds of outdoor adventures, camping in particular. Many are scattered throughout the state, but there are a handful just a short drive from Austin. So grab your sleeping bag, pack your tent, and let the moon guide you to some of the coolest camping spots in Texas.

5 incredible caves to explore just outside of Austin
Austin and its surrounding areas are known for beautiful Hill Country landscapes and plenty of outdoor recreation options — but don't forget to explore the awesome sights underground, too. You can up the adventure by making a day trip to one of these showstopping caves near the city. 

Sparkling spring-fed pool makes for an ideal day trip from Austin
Located in Lampasas, Hancock Springs Pool is one of the few spring-fed pools in the state. A mere 69 miles from Austin, you can make a day trip out of it that includes swimming at the landmark pool and dining at a four-star resort.