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5 of the Best Scenic Drives Around Texas

Deep in the heart of Texas, you’ll find gorgeous scenery with rolling hills, desert landscapes, sandy beaches and blooming wildflowers. Going on a scenic drive is one of the best ways to see these one-of-a-kind places and makes for a perfect weekend day trip. With Trendmaker Homes’ convenient locations in Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s easy to hit the road and start exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the Lone Star State.

Starting west of Austin, this 277-mile drive takes you through classic Hill Country landscape in Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Ingram and more. You could make a whole day out of it by stopping for lunch and pictures in the wildflowers. Or, just spend the afternoon driving along part of the route to take in the sights.

Pack up some road snacks and take a trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park, about 166 miles from Austin. Huge, humped hills resemble the great backs of dinosaurs, making it easy to imagine ancient creatures lumbering through the landscape. It’s the perfect place for landscape photographers, and if you have kids, a stop at Dinosaur Valley State Park is a dream come true.

Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Take a cruise along Seawall Boulevard in Galveston for a quintessential summer experience near Houston. Every inch of this 10-mile drive features seaside beauty, sandy dunes and crashing waves. You’ll want to do this one with the windows down so you can truly appreciate the Gulf Coast.

Experience a beautiful scenic drive that follows a limestone ridge, known as the Devil’s Backbone. This 51-mile drive takes you in a graceful loop from Blanco to Wimberly and back. The grassy hills and scenery here are gorgeous, but don’t let it fool you – this area is full of ghost stories and apparitions. You’ll want to make sure to stop along the way at one of the many historical sites to hear some of the spooky history.

Courtesy of Hays Humm,

From either Austin or Houston, just head towards Blue Bell Creamery for a drive you’ll never forget. This area promises waving fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers every spring, but is gorgeous no matter the season with classic hill country homes and ranches dotting the landscape. End the trip at the creamery, where you can enjoy a sweet treat and a tour before heading home.

Ready to find a new home within driving distance of some stunning Texas scenery, all while still having big-city conveniences? Our New Home Specialists would be happy to help!

Jenn Hickman
New Home Specialist – Austin

Aricka Giles & Kim Bennett
New Home Specialists – Houston


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