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Old 09-02-2019, 01:22 PM   #1
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Texas Itinerary

Greetings! We are starting our 2020 trip planning. We are thinking we would like to travel from our homebase in Florida to Texas in early Spring next year.

I was hoping someone might have an itinerary that they would share? Bonus points for big-rig friendly campgrounds.

What are must-do activities and areas? We are already thinking Austin/San Antonio/Galveston.

I have been to Houston / Dallas / Ft. Worth several times for business. My wife has been there very little.

We are thinking 3 month trip. Plan to take advantage for the gulf areas of Florida/Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana along the way!

Thanks in advance!
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There’s an ok KOA in San Antonio. Take an Uber to the riverwalk. Easy walk down by the river or over to market square.
Buckhorn in Kerrville puts you a hill country drive away from Fredericksburg and Stonewall. Nimitz museum is really cool. LBJ park in Stonewall. Lots of nice wildflower drives , like the Willow City Loop , if your timing is right.
If you have time and like caverns , there is a spectacular one west from Kerrville on I-10 - Caverns of Sonora. They have a few rv spots , nothing to write home about but the draw is the cavern itself.
Closer to Austin is Pedernales SP.nice hikes to the river.
Depending on how far you drive in a day , there are a couple of overnighters we like. Reunion Lake , All About Relaxing , and Lakeside RV Park.
We could possibly pass each other. We go to Destin about that time of year for a week or so.
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Stay in the state parks! Our 40' MH fit. Go to Big Bend Nat'l Park - Rio Grande Village campground. Stay out of the big cities.

We don't know what you like to do. Hike; fish, etc. February would be a good time to begin. It gets hot in Texas by April.

Here is one of many such sites to look up: https://www.visittheusa.com/state/texas
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So is your main goal urban exploring? The mission loop in San Antonio is one obvious destination.
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Skip Galveston , go to Corpus Christi &/or S Padre Island. Water is 100% better

Enchanted Rock is near Pedernales Falls, Fredericksburg.


Canyon Lake has 2 Corps of Engineers parks/RV camping on the beautiful clear lake (if you're military, Joint Base San Antonio has a park). Tour the Canyon Lake Gorge, full of fossils & dinosaur tracks. Heritage Museum has more dinosaur track just a few miles away.


Raft or tube down the Guadalupe &/or Comal Rivers.
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Thanks for all the advice so far. We do like to see nature and hike. Love live music (lived in Nashville for 20+ years) - so plan to take advantage of the Austin music scene.

We especially appreciate the region and campsite recommendations for a 40' Motorhome and TOAD.
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Ok, first off realize Texas is BIG, to put this in perspective the east and west sides of Texas are closer to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans than they are to each other (by over 100 miles). Second, the vast majority of the population is in the east half of the state, this includes Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin (the east/west center-line of Texas is about 100 miles west of San Antonio). There is also a lot of nothing in west Texas, though signs of some civilization is never more than 30-40 miles away, take Fort Stockton for example, probably 20 motels (according to google), a few fast food places, auto parts stores, and a small Wal-Mart Supercenter, the next nearest Wal-Mart along I-10 is 175 miles away (though there other Wal-Marts off I-10 40-50 miles away north/south). (You will see billboards for Fort Stockton when heading west around Kerrville, saying stay in Fort Stockton only 269 miles ahead).


In addition to Texas being big, there is also a variety of climates represented, east Texas has the piney woods, coastal Texas is mostly flat lands, some coastal marshland, and barrier island beaches at the southern tip, central east Texas is mostly rolling pasture land, which transitions to the hill country west of Austin. As you head west past the hill country the climate transitions into high desert, grass disappears and cactus starts becoming more and more common. By contrast northwest Texas has massive amounts of flat lands, much of it is agricultural farmland.


As to where to go and what to see, that all depends on your interest, there are lots of good suggestions above, the hill country, particularly around Fredericksburg is always one of my favorites, if you go a few hundred miles west Fort Davis, and the Davis mountains has to be one of my top picks to get away from it all, Fort Davis is the highest town in Texas, they have no chain stores or restaurants except for a Family Dollar (as of last year), they did have a Subway sandwich shop years ago, but it closed, and until the late 1990's the street around the county court house was still dirt on 3 sides.
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If you find yourself on the interstate between san antonio and corpus christi, stop at the choke canyon rv park near 3 Rivers. Great for hiking, lots of wildlife so close to your rv you can touch them. I think its a state park, big sites, lots of space, great services etc.
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