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Smart & Friendly: Driving around Texas

Road Trip Route. We will be immersed in local specialties, We will visit incredible amusement parks, We will visit some of the best museums in the world, We will visit the famous beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

This scenario introduces us to the culture of the south, the world-famous, freedom-loving state of Texas. We'll drive from Dallas to Corpus Christi, stopping by some of the most famous places in the state. We'll first experience the homey, business-like comfort of Dallas before heading to the serene expanse near the Gulf of Mexico. This scenario is sure to appeal to those who enjoy quiet walks and road trips, as well as those who appreciate thrills and adore beach vacations. It is an unforgettable and joyful experience to travel in this region.

History and Culture. From: Dallas

Edward Harrington. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Getting to Know Dallas

Since there is not much time after arrival, the first evening here can be devoted to a walk through the brightly lit streets of the city. It's also definitely worth trying the authentic Texas steaks at a restaurant nearby.

Happiest Hour

The first thing to pay attention to after the road is, of course, dinner. The city is known for its stunning steaks and other meat dishes. At Happiest Hour we can see for ourselves. You can have dinner on the open terrace or in a cosy room. It also makes sense to reserve a table, as it is quite crowded in the evenings.

Day 2: Museums and Skyscrapers

Today is going to be a great day for us, and among the pleasures will be the climb to the 50th floor of the Reunion Tower, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. The plan is also to explore the architecture, which includes both the Victorian era buildings and the modern skyscrapers.


Morning is best started in a small but cozy coffee shop nearby. Starbucks is undoubtedly a company with high standards in food and beverage preparation, so a cup of strong coffee and dessert will help you cheer up and recharge your batteries. The institution works from 6-00 on weekdays and from 7-00 on weekends so that everyone who starts his day from early morning can have breakfast quickly and comfortably.

First Baptist Dallas

One of the symbols of Dallas, the First Baptist Church, is definitely worth looking at. Dallas is considered a modern and advanced city in the south of the United States with its traditions and culture. Erected in 1868, the church embodies the ideals of the local population, their openness and love of life.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas is not only an industrial, but also a cultural center. The Museum of Art in this city has an important place. It is a collection of cultural and historical objects not only from Texas, but also from Mexico. The museum's exhibits and installations interweave the ancient Aztec and Mayan culture that once inhabited these places with the enterprising young American people. The museum is closed on Mondays, but on other days it is open from 11:00 to 17:00.

Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

The main attractions of relatively young Dallas are buildings built in modernist, neoclassical and Victorian styles. The oldest building in the city that deserves special attention is the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe, built in the late 19th century. The building is of great interest in terms of architectural and historical significance. It is the basis for the second largest Catholic community in the country. Thousands of believers come here for divine services.

Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is a restaurant where you will feel the atmosphere of good old Texas, with all its hospitable traditions. It is definitely worth trying the grilled meat here, as well as salads with shrimps and vegetables. It is better to reserve a table in advance, as often there are quite a few clients at lunchtime.

Reunion Tower

The Reunification Tower just needs to be visited to enjoy the incredible urban landscape of the city. It was built in the western part of Downtown and became one of its brightest attractions. You can reach the 50th floor by high-speed elevator (in 68 seconds) or by stairs of 837 steps. From a height of 171 meters, the whole city and its surroundings are perfectly visible. All the professional photos of Dallas are taken from the same tower.

Giant Eyeball

It's worth taking a walk around Dallas from the observation deck, as the city is literally replete with original buildings and monuments. The most famous among the various street art sculptures was the sculpture Giant Eye. She has undoubtedly added surrealism to the cityscape and keeps her eyes fixed on the people passing by. The sculpture is by Tony Tasset and is not his only work in the horror genre.

Pyramid Restaurant & Bar

You can enjoy your evening at Pyramid Restaurant&Bar. The place works till midnight. Here you will find fresh American cuisine for every taste. Beef and pork steaks are definitely worth a try, as well as a choice of salads and snacks. By the way, the Caesar salad is beautifully cooked here.

Day 3: Leave the Most Vivid Impressions of Dallas

Today is going to be a sort of farewell to Dallas. The plan is to go to an amusement park, a place where, for a moment, you can feel beyond the laws of physics. Among other things, there will also be a visit to the building from whose windows the shots that ended John F. Kennedy's life were fired, and where there is now a museum commemorating the great man.

Bread Winners Café & Bakery

No matter what breakfast the visitor prefers - baking with coffee or oatmeal with orange juice, he can safely go to the cafe Bread Winners, because the menu is very extensive and varied, there are pancakes with syrup, as well as an omelette with bacon, a variety of sandwiches and vegetable salads. The café is particularly suitable for early or late breakfast, as it is open at 7.00 (8.00 on Sundays).

M-Line Trolley

Imagine being in the 80s of the 20th century. The McKinney Retro Trams are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in this era, contributing immensely to the history, atmosphere and knowledge of good old Dallas with its Victorian buildings. The transport route passes through the Aptown area and opens up a city where cowboy traditions and modern culture are intertwined.

The Sixth Floor Museum

Dallas is interesting not only from the cultural but also from the historical point of view, because it is here that the museum is dedicated to the most daring and tragic attempt on the first person of the state, made in 1963. It is a museum for those who like to explore the past, who like to understand and comprehend the mistakes of history, as well as to understand its mysteries and riddles.

Seoul Garden

Dallas is a place where different culinary traditions are intertwined as well. Each restaurant here is a museum of national gastronomy. Seoul Garden, for example, offers Korean national cuisine, which is considered one of the best in Dallas. The menu here is diverse, it is worth paying attention to such dishes as kimball, kuksi, and also chests.

Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park

One of Dallas' most important tourist attractions is the original Zero Gravity amusement park: here you can literally feel weightless - for the bravest of extreme lovers, the park has a ride that launches you up from a giant slingshot. In addition, there are a variety of roller coasters, carousels and interesting slot machines.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is a great place to spend the rest of the day with your friends and family. The interior of the place is quite cozy, but without any excesses. The menu includes many seafood dishes such as crabs, lobsters and lobsters. Surely you should also try the fried shrimp, lobster bisque and the Linguini Alfredo crab.

Day 4: Nature of Texas

En route to Houston presents an opportunity to experience the beautiful Texas outdoors. The plan is to hike through the large Davy Crockett National Park, then drive to Houston and visit one of the city's largest parks, McGovern.


There's nothing like starting the day with breakfast in a cosy and atmospheric cafe. A variety of burgers and bacon sandwiches, beef pork and chicken are made here. Among other things, it is worth trying salads, in addition to everything there are milkshakes and a fairly large selection of carbonated beverages.

Tyler Rose Garden

Today will be largely devoted to the survey of various picturesque places in the state. And the first thing we'll do is head to the picturesque Tyler Rose Garden, located in the small town of Tyler. The landscape of the park mainly consists of neat alleys, lawns, there are also several artificial reservoirs and small fountains.

Davy Crockett National Forest

The Davy Crockett National Park is about 160,000 acres of almost untouched nature. There are special recreation areas for tourists, as well as fenced off the habitats of wild animals. In the reserve there are places for walks and swimming, picnics and fishing, boat rides and just outdoor activities.

Daisy's Diner

In the midst of the journey, you should always make small stops to rest and take a little breath. It's better for this place than a small cozy restaurant on the way. The atmosphere here is quite simple, but also hospitable. Nights of live music often take place. The menu offers American cuisine, namely sandwiches, burgers, salads and various snacks. It is also important to note that the restaurant is not open on Sunday.

McGovern Centennial Gardens

A cozy park for walks is just what you need when you want to enjoy nature and tranquility in the middle of a big city after a long journey. Houston, despite its many modern buildings and events, retains such oases of tranquility for evening walks, jogging or meetings with friends.

Rodeo Goat

Dive into Texas cuisine at Rodeo Goat. The menu is full of classic burgers and sandwiches or their modern Texas variations, which are prepared with a variety of ingredients, such as a burger with sweet bacon, caramelized onions and peaches, and The Terlingua with chili sauce.

Day 5: Contrasts of Houston

Today is sure to be an incredibly busy and varied day - we'll be able to walk around the city, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Cosmonautics, and also go for a walk. In the evening we plan to stay in a hotel on the oceanfront.

Tout Suite

Surely there's nothing like going to a bakery nearby for a good start in the day. For breakfast, there is a fairly wide range of dishes, including sandwiches, salads, various soups, desserts, and even tacos. For the first time, you can order spaghetti with pesto sauce, and for dessert, pudding or fruit assortment will be perfect.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is a true cultural gem of Houston and Texas as a whole. There are about 63 thousand works by various artists, including Rembrandt, Manet, Monet and even Van Gogh. In addition to this, the works of American artists also deserve attention. There are also exhibitions devoted to sculpture, mosaics and contemporary art.

El Tiempo Cantina

After long and fascinating excursions in the main museum of the city, you should definitely relax and have a snack. The Mexican restaurant El Tiempo Cantina is a 15-minute drive away. The interior is made in a rather original style, with typical features of Spanish culture. For lunch, you can order chicken fajito and choose your own tacos.

Space Center Houston

The Space Center in Houston is a historic site for world space. From here the astronauts' flight to the moon was coordinated, their training was provided, as well as the maintenance of the shuttles and equipment. There is also a museum on the territory of the center, where the steps of the launch vehicle, moon rovers, Mars rovers and many other things are demonstrated. You can also go inside the shuttle, see its cabin, dashboard and other compartments.

The Beach

There's nothing better than forgetting all the problems and surfing in a really good place. The Beach has all the necessary conditions for this - pure white sand, pleasant warm sea and, of course, a good wave. There are plenty of free parking spaces near the beach.

Tortuga Coastal Cantina

Another Mexican restaurant we're going to visit today is Tortuga Coastal Cantina. The interior is made simple, but also with a share of coziness. You can have dinner both indoors and on the terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Facility's repertoire includes such dishes as fajita, tortilla, various tacos, salads, soups, seafood and, of course, meat.

Day 6: Beaches and Nature on the Gulf of Mexico

Today our plans include a trip to the sparkling city by the sea, Corpus Christi. Along the way we will have the opportunity to relax on the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and explore the nature of the region at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.

Home Cut Donuts

Today will begin with a mug of invigorating coffee at Home Cut Donuts. In general, this cafe specializes in donuts, but the menu is not limited to this. It serves a wide range of baked goods, from cakes to meat and sausage pies in the dough. You can also take some food with you, because today there is a fairly long road ahead.

Galveston Island State Park

The first stop today is Galveston Island State Park. Here we can not just walk in nature, but also have a picnic or go down to the water, the park is equipped with neat walkways, small benches and tables for rest and snack, and of course, the coastline, which is popular with both locals and tourists.

Pointe San Luis Beach

One of the most popular beaches on Galveston Island is Pointe San Luis Beach. The long coastline of the sandy beach is a real attraction for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. The municipal authorities carefully monitor the cleanliness of the coast, so there are urns on the beaches.

Nate's Westend Seafood-Steaks

The day's in full swing, and before we go any further, we'll stop by the steak house for lunch. The atmosphere of the restaurant in general is simple, and the interior is quite comfortable. In addition to meat dishes, there are also many seafood on the menu, such as fried shrimp, tuna and flounder served with vegetables and specialty sauces, and the breaded chicken fillet deserves attention.

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

One of the most popular and beautiful natural sites in Texas is the San Bernard Nature Reserve. Incredible beauty of forests, lakes and hills spread over a vast territory. Walking here, you can meet different kinds of animals, such as wild ducks, gulls and even small alligators.

La Casona

We'll stay for dinner in a cozy Mexican restaurant La Casona. The institution is popular both among locals and tourists for its original cocktails and wide choice of dishes. Okay, you should pay attention to fried crayfish with corn, tacos and quesadillas with chicken. From the cocktails, of course, you can distinguish pina coladas.

Riverside Park

During a long journey it is always worth making small stops to get some air, take a breath and just relax. Riverside Park is the right place to do it. There are a lot of greenery growing along the river coast. You can take a walk along the landscaped paths or sit on a bench admiring the flowers of roses.

Goose Island State Park

The last stop today will be the observation deck of Goose Island State Park. The park itself is quite small, its main feature is its good location near the bay. It's the reason why the park has become a favourite destination for fishermen and camping enthusiasts. We can take a little walk along the promenade or have a picnic here, because there are specially equipped places for this.

Day 7: The Famous Corpus Christi

Although the city is not considered a tourist destination, thousands of people come here every year because of its cultural attractions and beautiful views. The Art Museum and the Oceanarium are definitely worth a visit. Moreover, the city's promenade is also quite noteworthy thanks to several monuments and magnificent views of the bay.


IHOP works 24 hours a day, so you can have a nourishing snack of fresh desserts at any time of day. Punkies in this cafe are considered some of the best. This place is perfect for family visits, as well as for travelers, the staff will always help with the choice and answer questions of guests.

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium is an incredibly interesting place. The main activity of this organization is to rescue wild animals. So, many of the animals on display here are recovering and being released over time. Here you can see turtles, various reptiles and even birds. Many aquariums are made in original design, many are illuminated in such a way that a truly magical atmosphere is created.

Art Museum of South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas is a unique museum whose expositions are mainly devoted to contemporary art. Its building is built with original design and can be considered a work of art in itself. Various installations by contemporary artists, photographers and graphic artists are exhibited here. The museum is located on the shore of Corpus Christi bay, so its windows and terraces offer great views.

Silverado Smokehouse

To catch your breath in the middle of a busy day, we'll go to the Silverado Smokehouse grill bar. The atmosphere of this place is very cozy and has a good rest. The menu is rich mainly in meat dishes, although there are also salads and appetizers, and of course, a good choice of drinks.

Swantner Park

An important part of Corpus Christi is its parks. This is where people can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city surrounded by greenery. Swantner Park is located in close proximity to the bay, so the overall picture is complemented by a fascinating sea landscape. There is no beach here, but if you wish, you can go down to the water, leaving the car in the parking lot.

Selena Memorial Mirador de la Flor

Every city has such unique places where people just love to be photographed. Selena Memorial Mirador de la Flor is exactly the place. This memorial is located in close proximity to the coastline, so that during sunset you can watch the beautiful tides of the setting sun on the water surface.

Niko's Steakhouse

The day is coming to an end, and we're going to Niko's Steakhouse to have dinner. The first thing that catches your eye is the rather beautiful and original way of serving dishes here - with a certain gloss. The menu includes many dishes made of fresh seafood as well as meat. No doubt, it is worth paying attention to the sharp wings, as well as fried lobsters.

Day 8: Farewell to Texas

Today is the last day of our trip. And since the city's waterfront offers gorgeous views at sunrise, a farewell morning before departure can be spent just there - outdoors by the bay, or strolling through the streets of sunny Corpus Christi.

Jamba Juice

Breakfast can be enjoyed in the cosy Jamba Juice café. There is a wide variety of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and necks, as well as sandwiches and pastries. The facility has been open since early morning and is therefore perfect for breakfast. There are places both on the street, from which you can watch the city wake up, and indoors.

Cole Park

Before leaving, we suggest taking a walk in Cole Park. Here you can easily relax and tune in to your trip. The nature here is calm and beautiful, magnificent views of the ocean, you can walk along the tidy paths of the park and take many pictures for memory or just spend some time on the beach.