A new year stretches before us, Houston, and so does the highway, beckoning us out of town for a long weekend away. At the top of this year’s local bucket list? The road trips that every Houstonian should take if they’ve got three days and a full tank of gas, all of which take advantage of the best that Texas (and Louisiana!) has to offer—and none of which is more than a few hours’ drive from the Bayou City.

Whether you want to find your own Fixer Upper, practice your gambling and gator-handling, dine out in the best Texan food city outside of Houston, adventure through the caverns and creeks of the Hill Country, or go antiquing in the oldest flea market in the United States, we’ve got you covered. So stock up on beef jerky and Dr Pepper, air up the tires, and swing on out of town. The open road awaits...

In This Feature:

There's More to Waco Than What HGTV Shows You

The famous Fixer Uppers aren't all this town has to offer.

12/29/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Go on a Foodie Tour of San Antonio

Here's what you should eat besides Tex-Mex and barbecue.

12/29/2017 By Catherine Matusow

The Perfect Kid-Friendly Weekend Can Be Found in Marble Falls

Fun for the whole family awaits in the Hill Country.

12/29/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Take a Shopping Pilgrimage to Canton

The city's First Monday Trade Days are the oldest—and one of the largest—events of its kind in the country.

12/29/2017 By Jeanne Lyons Davis