Dallas is within reasonable driving distance from several exciting Texan destinations. If you're interested in a more rural escape, head to Fredericksburg about four hours and 15 minutes away. The main highlight of Fredericksburg is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which features breathtaking scenery, majestic rock formations, and almost 11 miles of hiking trails. You can easily fill an entire day here. If you're in town for a long weekend, include the Fredericksburg Nature Center and historic Fort Martin Scott in your visit as well.
Just three hours away, Austin is an excellent choice if you're looking for a day trip filled with museums. Austin is home to the Mexic-Arte Museum, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. If you're itching to get outside after a few hours of immersive indoor exhibits, visit the 31-acre Zilker Botanical Garden. McKinney Falls State Park is another prime pick for nature lovers in Austin. Here, you'll find almost nine miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Though Dallas and Fort Worth are grouped together in airport terminology, there's nearly an hour of driving distance between the two, and that's assuming the traffic is decent. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a day exploring Fort Worth if you make it to Dallas. The two cities have very different vibes, and the Fort Worth landscape is overflowing with things to do.
The Fort Worth Stockyards are a prime place to shop, dine, and play. You can belly up to a saloon-style bar, watch as longhorns are herded down the street, and sample an outstanding range of local specialties. Children will swoon over the Fort Worth Zoo's collection of 7,000 animals. Additionally, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden covers 110-acres with 22 specialized gardens.