South Llano State Park is an isolated, quiet state park with camping and hiking.
Sonora Caverns are some of the prettiest in Texas.
If you're going in semi-warm weather, stop by Balmorhea State Park. It's a nice park with a spring fed swimming hole.
It's also fairly close to the McDonald Observatory, Ft. Davis National Historic Site, and the city of Ft. Davis itself.
Alpine is the gateway to Big Bend, several State Parks, Terlingua and Lajitas if you take TX 118. If you go to Big Bend on US 385 you will pass through Marathon which has an interesting historic hotel.
Take a very nice drive on FM 170 from Lajitas to Presidio and you go right past Ft. Leaton Historic Site. Head back via US 67 and you'll pass Shafter which is an old mining town.
Marfa has become an artist's colony of sorts. There are lots of large scale art projects sprinkled around the landscape. You can also still see the remains of the film set for the Rock Hudson/Elizabeth Taylor move "Giant".
Guadalupe Mountain State Park is a nice place to visit with lots of hiking trails if high altitude doesn't bother you. If so, I'd skip the hiking.
El Paso has a lot of different touristy things to do. The Tramway, Viva El Paso! and lots of historic buildings downtown. Head over to Mesilla and see where Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang for killing Sheriff William Brady during the Lincoln County Wars.
I'd skip Van Horn, its a dusty, dried up west Texas town.
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