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Texas

Our goal is simply to go someplace warmer for part of the winter so we can enjoy being outdoors.

Days 1-3: Drive to Texas

Planned Activities

  • None

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Driving through on our way to Texas. 

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Drive from home

760 miles

Stay at

Quality Inn, Pontiac IL
Hampton Inn, Joplin MO

Get around by driving

Day 4: Canyon, Texas

Planned Activities

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We saw pictures of Palo Duro Canyon online and decided to extend our overnight stay another night so we could check it out. It looks beautiful. 

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Drive from Joplin, MO

490 miles

Stay at Buffalo Inn

Get around by driving

Days 5-12: Big Bend National Park

Planned Activities

  • Hiking in the park
  • Driving the river road
  • Maybe getting on the river?
  • Stargazing

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We’ve wanted to come here since family visited years ago and talked about how much they liked the area. We’re looking forward to secluded desert and dark skies. 

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Drive from Canyon, TX

467 miles

Stay at Patchin Cabin

Airbnb

Get around by driving

Days 13-16: Austin

Planned Activities

  • Bat Colony
  • Gardens
  • Surrounding countryside
  • Live music if possible

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Neither of us has been here, though I almost came to school here back in the day. No real agenda; more about absorbing the general vibe. 

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Drive from Big Bend

485 miles

Stay at SoCo Studio

Airbnb

Get around by driving

Days 17-20: San Antonio

Planned Activities

  • The River Walk
  • The Alamo
  • King William District Victorians
  • Mission Trail

Actual Activities

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The Plan: I’ve been here a couple of times for work and enjoyed the River Walk. I never did make it to the Alamo so I’m looking forward to that.  

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Drive from Austin

80 miles

Stay at A Yellow Rose

Get around by driving

Days 21-25: Port Aransas

Planned Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking the beach
  • Birdwatching

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We hope it’s nice enough to walk on the beach, even if we can’t sit on it and hang out. It sounds like there might be good birdwatching at North Padre Island.

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Drive from San Antonio

178 miles

Stay at Tin Cottage by the Sea

Airbnb

Get around by driving

Days 26-29: Drive Home

Planned Activities

  •  None.

Actual Activities

  •  

The Plan: Driving through on our way home. 

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Drive from Port Aransas

1483 miles

Stay at

Econo Lodge, Nacogdoches TX
Hampton Inn, Marion, AR
Hyatt Place, Indianapolis, IN

Get around by driving

Resources

Texas Lonely Planet