There’s truly no place like Houston, TX, in the US. Being the fourth largest city of the nation and the largest in Texas, it lives up to its state’s motto - “everything’s bigger in Texas.” The city is home to more than 2.2 million residents, yet they aren’t the only ones who love Houston wholeheartedly. Every visitor finds themselves mesmerized by Houston’s top-notch art galleries and museums, award-winning cuisines, pro sports, and the thriving business districts.
Whatever Houston is to you, you’d love it even more after you realize that the city offers lots of opportunities to escape its cosmopolitan air. One way to enjoy the rivers, nature parks, and scenic views is to get onto intersection-45 and head to the delightful Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma.
Whatever you’re looking for, Oklahoma City has it all! Museums, festivals, shopping malls, and recreational areas are just some of the perks of living in this city. Visit attractions such as the Scissortail Park, National Cowboy and Heritage Museum, or take your skateboards and BMX bikes to Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park.
Learn all about the state’s history at the Oklahoma History Center situated inside a gripping and architecturally dynamic structure. Before leaving the city, ensure that you have seen the red pandas and more than 500 species of animals at the world-renowned Oklahoma City Zoo.
Old Town Spring in Harris County, TX, still exists, but the old town settlement has a heritage that is so old and rich in history, that one can almost sense its deep-rooted past wherever they go.
As a matter of fact, this is pretty much a ghost town that brings in visitors that are looking for a paranormal adventure! The town offers plenty of ghost tours and we’d suggest you go for one as they are certainly fun and entertaining.
However, don’t mistake these ghost tours for tourist attractions, as the town has its fair share of nightmarish hauntings. Despite the name, Old Town has lots of attractions of the modern kind as well, such as the National Museum of Funeral History, Mercer Botanic Gardens, and numerous festivals to keep tourists entertained.
Like Minneapolis, Fort Worth is also part of a duo and its twin city is Dallas, TX. Often overshadowed by its bigger neighbor, Fort Worth is not to be underestimated. This city is a perfect destination for those who wish to experience the emblematic Texan joys.
While most other Texas cities have transformed into a modern version of old Texas, Fort Worth still maintains the Texas lifestyle and lives up to its motto of “where the west begins”. Here, you’ll be able to see Texas the way it is shown in Hollywood movies and described in books. Cowboy boots and hats, Tex-Mex food, and honky-tonk will all be at your service in this city.
You’ll also be overjoyed to know that Fort Worth keeps up with the tradition of the real Wild West with its cattle drives and rodeos. Don’t worry, this city is also diverse, and when you have had your fill of the cowboy culture, you can head to the Fort Worth Zoo, or the Botanic Garden. The stop also allows you to enjoy great tasting healthy food at any one of the 30 hip restaurants found in Sundance Square.
If you’re familiar with Texas, chances are you know exactly what Buc-ee’s is and how beloved it is to Texans. If you are from any other state and do not know about this gas station royalty, you need to make this stop in Terrell, TX, and see this marvel for yourself. This gas station is so famous that most people wouldn’t even let you call your adventures in Texas a road trip if it went by without making this stop.
Buc-ee’s is held near and dear by road trippers in Texas because it is huge, has gas that is cheap, and restrooms that are the biggest and probably the cleanest public washrooms in the state.
Some of these gas station chains also serve the famous beaver nugget, which to be honest, tastes entirely too heavenly when you have been starving and driving for a long time. Even some of the most renowned chefs in the world admit that Buc-ee’s have perhaps the best breakfast tacos. You can also grab the Buc-ee’s T-shirts from here, as well as plenty of other Texas souvenirs.
Beavers Bend State Park will greet you just as you cross the state line to Oklahoma, wrapped around the spellbinding Broken Bow Lake. It’s a perfect way to end your short road trip in this cradle of nature, surrounded by the large pine forest and the shimmering lake. To make the best of it, camp in your RV and spend at least one night here underneath the stars.
Wake up early to spot wildlife nearby, and take advantage of trout fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing while the sun is low and weather is ideal. Other than that, you can just leave your RV behind on your campsite and explore the exquisite state park on foot. The state park also houses the Forest Heritage Center that explains the history of all the local forests, their developments, and their history.
Traveling from one big city to another might seem a little redundant. But wait till you reach Oklahoma City, and you’ll realize just how different it is from Houston. This big city has its own character and appeal and is unlike Houston in many ways.
Oklahoma City, situated on the great plains, isn’t just cowboy culture. It enjoys the best of both worlds by also being modern and progressive. Some of the unmissable spots in the city include the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and of course the enchanting Bricktown with its warehouse eateries and water taxis.
If you wish to continue celebrating cowboy culture head to Frontier City Theme Park and keep the Wild West spirit going.