The 20 Best Day Trips to Take in Texas

Texas has a lot of history, and there are many places in the state that leave behind legacies. When exploring the state on a day trip, there are multiple places that are appealing.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park is located near Fort Worth and is a fun day trip if the conditions are right. There are actual fossilized dinosaur footprints visible in the bed of the Paluxy River.

National WASP World War II Museum

An interesting piece of Texas World War II history is the National WASP World War II Museum. It is located in Sweetwater, Texas which is 236 miles southeast of Amarillo and 181 miles west of Fort Worth.


History buffs will find interest in a day trip to the eastern Texas city of Nacodoches near Shreveport, Louisiana. Nacodoches claims to be “The Oldest Town in Texas”.

Mineral Wells Fossil Park

Mineral Wells Fossil Park is located near Mineral Wells in north central Texas. A visit to the park is a thrill to amateur and professional fossil hunters.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

For the avid boater or fisherman, Sam Rayburn Reservoir is a great spot to visit. The reservoir is in eastern Texas 70 miles north of Beaumont.

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