In this big beautiful nook of the country, road tripping is not only a really fun thing to do, it’s kind of necessary, mainly because Texas is gigantic. We’re sure you’ve taken rides to Houston’s little brothers -- Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, if anything, to give you fodder with which to make fun of them in the future. But there are a bunch of smaller, oft-overlooked towns both in and out of state lines that you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at. Whether you’re a music buff, bed & breakfast snob, or smoked meat aficionado, these small towns are worth jumping in the car for.
To keep things simple, we limited our lineup of accessible destinations to those reachable in eight hours or less (or two Whataburger stops), and with populations less than 125,000.