Texas is big, and you don’t have to tell that to anyone who has driven across the state. But while some states seem endless, Texas is one of those states that seem endless in a good way. That’s because Texas has many delicious foods and beautiful places to explore.
You can eat Cajun food along the Gulf Coast or German food in Fredericksburg. You can sleep in a tent on the beach or stay at a hotel overlooking an extinct volcano. Whatever kind of romantic getaway you’re looking for, Texas has it somewhere—you just need to know where to look.
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1. Drive-thru safari in Glen Rose
The drive-thru safari in Glen Rose is a great place to take the kids. The park is open all year round so that you can visit any time of the year.
There are no showers on site (you’ll have to head back to your campsite for that), but there is a convenience store with food and drinks for purchase if you want to stay at the zoo longer than just a quick visit.
You can tour this zoo two ways: take a guided tour (during which you’ll see all kinds of animals up close), or drive through yourself at your own pace and stop when you want.
We recommend doing both—the kids love seeing all their favorite animals while also spending time alone with Mommy & Daddy.
2. Cave exploring in Sonora
Sonora is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a place to go cave exploring. This town has a great cave system that is open to the public, providing an opportunity to explore nature and information on some of Texas’s history.
The Caverns of Sonora are open year-round and feature over 20 miles of walking paths throughout their caverns. You can get lost in these caves as you wander through them and see what secrets they hold.
3. Cajun cuisine along the coast
One of the best ways to experience the culture of any region is through its food. Cajun cuisine is a unique blend of French, Spanish and African influences that have been perfected over generations in Louisiana. The result is a fiery cuisine that’s hearty and spicy—the perfect way to experience this fascinating part of America.
If you’re looking for authentic Cajun food on your RV trip, head to New Orleans or hit up one of its many restaurants that specialize in Creole cooking (a style similar to Cajun).
You’ll find everything from crawfish étouffée (a thick sauce made with tomatoes) to gumbo (a soup whose name literally means “okra stew”) on menus there.
If you’re feeling adventurous, order jambalaya: a rice dish seasoned with onions and peppers cooked with chicken or sausage, though if it’s too spicy for you, they may be able to adjust it accordingly.
4. Mountain retreat in the Guadalupe Mountains
The Guadalupe Mountains are the highest range in Texas, rising to 7,000 feet above sea level. So if you’re looking for some star-gazing, this is your place. With no light pollution and a low population density, it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth to take in an unobstructed view of our galaxy.
The mountains are also home to one of America’s largest wild elk herds and numerous other wildlife species, including bears and deer.
The landscape is rocky, with steep slopes and canyons. If you’ve always wanted to go hiking but don’t know where to start, this is an excellent place because there are trails for every skill level (and if you need help choosing which trail is right for you or your party members).
If camping isn’t really your thing, but you still want access to nature without having to leave civilization behind entirely, then consider staying somewhere like Natural Bridge Caverns Resort & Spa, where they have cabins that overlook Big Bend National Park from their private balcony overlooking miles upon miles of nothingness without even having left town yet.
5. Beach camping along the Gulf Coast
Beach camping is a great way to get away from it all. Lay out a blanket or beach towels and spend the day relaxing, exploring and enjoying your surroundings with your family or significant other. You’ll enjoy nature, wildlife, and local food while still accessing some of Texas’s most popular cities.
Of course, no matter what you choose to do on your RV getaway, the most important thing is that you’re with someone special. And if spending time in a beautiful place like Texas has opened your eyes to how amazing these machines can be for exploring our amazing country, don’t forget about all the other incredible destinations out there! We hope this post has helped you plan some romantic adventures ahead of you both.