9 Unforgettable Road Trip Destinations near Dallas

Everything is bigger in Texas, which is why when you fly into Dallas, you need a car rental to give you the freedom to explore all the state has to offer. Here are Commerce Auto Rental‘s top nine road trip destinations near Dallas. 

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1. Fort Worth Stockyards

Do you like cowboys or simply want a down-home cultural experience? Visit the Fort Worth Stockyards where the history of the American West is on full display as visitors can catch a rodeo, watch a cattle drive, or explore shops and restaurants in the area.

2. Waco

If you haven’t lived under a rock for the last few years, then you know why Waco has become a tourist destination. Chip and Joanna Gaines popularized the town on their HGTV show, but it’s become much bigger than that. Visit their Magnolia Market, stop by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, explore Cameron Park Zoo, or even take your car rental out of the city to look at mastodon bones at the Waco Mammoth National Monument nearby.

3. Grapevine

Wine? In Texas? Yes, it’s true. Grapevine produces some of the best wine in the Lone Star State, with charming wineries and vineyards to delight visitors. Take your car rental to this little town to shop on Main Street, visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center, or sip wine to your heart’s delight with a wine-tasting tour.

4. Glen Rose

Are you a dinosaur enthusiast, or just curious about the ancient past? Visit Glen Rose to check out Dinosaur Valley State Park which has some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. You can hike, swim, camp, and even stop by the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center nearby. Consider an SUV rental for this trip for comfort and ease of use on country roads.

5. McKinney

Do you like to shop? Consider a truck rental because you may need that truck bed space after visiting the historic downtown area in McKinney for a shopping trip. There are dozens of antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants to choose from. You can also try out the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, which has live animal exhibits and a butterfly garden.

6. Tyler

No matter which time of year you travel to Texas, there’s something to see. Tyler is known for its rose gardens, which you can view year-round. The town’s Caldwell Zoo lets visitors see over 2,000 animals from around the world. They also host the East Texas State Fair every fall.

7. Ennis

Small towns are just as fun as the big ones. That’s why we recommend traveling to Ennis, especially in the spring, to see the bluebonnet trails. There’s also a Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center which explores the Czech heritage of the town.

8. Canton

Will your travels take you to the Dallas area on the weekend before the first Monday of the month? Then take a visit to Canton’s First Monday Trade Days flea market. This attracts thousands of visitors from around the country.

If flea markets are not your cup of tea, Yesterland Farm and Splash Kingdom Waterpark will surely offer plenty for you and your family to do in the area.

9. Wichita Falls

Whether you are a wrestling fan and plan to stop by the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame or simply want to see the beauty of nature at Lake Arrowhead State Park, Wichita Falls could be a good destination for your road trip. You can also find a butterfly exhibit and hiking trails at River Bend Nature Center.

If you are flying into Dallas with plans on taking a car rental to explore the wide open Texas countryside, contact Commerce Auto Rental at (855) 204-4008 and make a reservation today! The Lone Star State is waiting.