8 Totally Spontaneous Day Trips from Dallas

Going anywhere fun this weekend? It’s a question that frequently comes up in conversation at the Travelocity office in Dallas, after all we’re always in a vacation state of mind. But when the answer is not yet on a Friday afternoon, that doesn’t have to mean a weekend of binge watching is ahead (unless you want it to be.) We’re not here to judge how you spend your free time, but maybe you have something a little more adventurous in mind. In that case, you’ll find inspiration from our list of day trips from Dallas that require zero planning, so you can escape on a whim. Go ahead, rent a car and hit the road for a spontaneous getaway you won’t regret …

Live Like a Cowboy

Dallasites don’t have to travel far to find a whole new world of adventure, with Fort Worth practically at our doorstep. Take a quick 45-minute jaunt to the western side of DFW and you’ll see what all the fuss is about at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

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The Stockyards District of Fort Worth, TX features a cattle drive twice daily.

Here you’ll find the Western heritage everyone associates Texas with, from quirky boutique shops to twice-daily cattle drives. For a truly authentic cowboy experience, check out the world’s only year-round rodeo. Savor Tex-Mex at its finest (don’t forget the margaritas!) at Joe T. Garcia’s — a delicious tradition since 1935. And while you’re at it, pull on those cowboy boots you just purchased and two-step the night away at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky tonk which frequently hosts some of country music’s hottest acts. Complete your escape with a stay at one of the nearby downtown hotels!

Take the Scenic Route

I grew up in Oklahoma City, but somehow I had never been to the state’s natural gem of Beavers Bend until recently. That’s probably because, truth be told, it’s actually closer to Dallas at just under a 3-hour drive! Located in the southeastern corner of the Sooner State in Broken Bow, OK, Beavers Bend State Park is a nature lover’s dream, with cozy log cabins, lush landscapes and the clearest lake water you’ve ever seen.

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Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK offers a scenic escape from city life.

Spend an afternoon on the water of picturesque Beavers Bend Lake via kayak, jet ski or boat; check out local restaurants, shops and wineries in nearby Hochatown like Girls Gone WineAbendigo’s and Grateful Head Pizza; or simply let go and relax on your personal patio. It’s just the reprieve you need from the hustle and bustle of city life, if only for a weekend.

Visit Bear Country

Once a quiet town known as the home of the University of Baylor Bears, Waco has grown into quite the tourist attraction these days. And a little show called Fixer Upper has a lot to do with it. Drive 1.5 hours south to find Magnolia Market at the Silos, an HGTV fan’s heaven, where fans of Chip and Jo have flocked to since its opening in 2015.

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Magnolia Market in Waco, TX is a home improvement lover’s dream come true. Photo by Derek Kay via Trover

Bring your wallet, your home improvement ideas and your appetite for the full Magnolia experience! Thirsty for more? Head over to the Dr. Pepper Museum for a taste of history, nostalgic and pure Pepper fandom.

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by  | Aug 18, 2017

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