As travel plans resume, consider a road trip across West Texas! With gorgeous, desert landscapes and wide-open spaces as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to be consumed by the wonder of the wild west. Over 500 miles of possible travel is available for road trippers to experience the diverse personas found throughout the Lone Star State.
As we begin our trek north toward Lubbock, starting in Big Bend National Park is the ideal destination for those with wanderlust and a desire to explore. There are over 150 trails each containing breathtaking views. We know West Texas is known for its celestial-like sunsets. The Window Trail offers some of the best views. Looking to take your stay at this national park to the next level? Consider glamping!
Getting back on the road is no small feat. It takes strategy to run through the checklist of the necessities, including our favorite snacks, plan the route and account for the must-see pit stops along the way. Speaking of, consider stopping in Valentine, Texas, home to Marfa’s iconic Prada sculpture. This installation has been a focal point in internationally acclaimed fashion magazines including Vogue.
Continuing north along the scenic route, National Parks dominate the southwest region. For gorgeous pictures to vamp up your feed, White Sands National Park is out of this world. Just 100 miles outside of El Paso, the vast, white dunes allow for a creative twist. I recommend packing a flowy dress or a bolo tie for this occasion.
Visitors making their ascent into the “Hub City” are welcomed with a rich culture of art displayed through all mediums, including wine. As the leading producer of wine grapes in the state, the Texas High Plains AVA grows 90% and houses the legacy of Texas wine at the local, award-winning winery, McPherson Cellars. Founded by the “father of Texas wine”, Doc McPherson mastered his craft, paving the way for the thriving wine industry we know today.
Wine isn’t Lubbock’s only budding industry. A city grown on its agricultural roots, Lubbock’s newest boutique hotel, the Cotton Court Hotel, pays homage to the cotton industry as the hotel is a replica of an 18th-century cotton gin. Guests will experience a luxury stay in downtown Lubbock, offering close proximity to major attractions like the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences and Texas Tech University.
After a night’s rest on 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, head north toward Caprock Canyon for a day of exploring Lubbock’s backyard. With over 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, each route is catered to the beginners and experts alike. To refresh and relax after a day of adventure, book your appointment at Woodhouse Day Spa for a day of pampering. Consider the organic seaweed leaf wrap. You will leave the spa feeling ready to tackle what’s next: shopping!
Lubbock is home to a plethora of eclectic boutiques, including the local favorite, Chrome. From designer men’s and women’s wear to one-of-a-kind nik naks and high-end home decor, you are sure to find the perfect souvenir.
Consider a road trip as your next excursion and experience the charm and grandeur of the wild west! While on route, share with us your chic photos using #LiveLoveLubbock! Safe travels!
By: McKenna Dowdle
By: Guest Blogger
By: Guest Blogger
By: Visit Lubbock Interns