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Old 06-28-2020, 08:10 PM   #1
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Id like to get some help from you all here on this. Im thinking about taking a 7-10 day trip across Texas on my Road Glide. This would be sometime in September. Id be crossing the border on I-35 coming from Oklahoma. Im pretty familiar with North Texas down to Dallas, but once I get past Dallas, Im not savvy on all the cool little places to road trip to. Id like to end up somewhere down on the coast for a 1-2 days before starting the trip back home. I could hit different places on the way down and on the way back up. Im pretty familiar with the barbecue joints in/around Austin and Lockhart. What are some other must see places between Dallas and someplace yet to be determined on the coast? List any ideas you may have. I can start to get a route planned out so I could make as many stops as possible along the way down and back. Cool dive bars. Hole in the wall eating joints. Beautiful scenery. Roads less traveled. If anyone has done anything like this, let me hear what all you did.

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Old 06-28-2020, 08:24 PM   #2
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Get off of I35 in Dallas...…….
get on 281...…..
Head to the hill country...……….
Great restaurants, good places to stay.... and lots to see...……
thank me later...……...
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:32 PM   #3
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Lots of scenic road trips and scenic loops throughout the hill country .....enjoy the ride ! ...cC
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:36 PM   #4
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Bandera area. 3 sisters. Fredericksburg area

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Old 06-28-2020, 08:41 PM   #5
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Get off of I35 in Dallas....
get on 281.....
Head to the hill country....
Great restaurants, good places to stay.... and lots to see...
thank me later......
I would agree with this.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:36 PM   #6
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Hwy 16. The Sportsman road
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:54 PM   #7
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Llano. Fredericksburg. In Between is enchanted rock. Cool little towns. Great food. And beautiful country.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:58 PM   #8
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Do the River Road, south of Lajitas, in the Big Bend. Texas as it was 150 years ago.

You can hit the hill country, Fredericksburg, etc on the way, but that is Texas road trip country down there and youll never forget it!


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Old 06-28-2020, 10:24 PM   #9
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146 from Montgomery up through the SNHF is windy and twisty and you can hear the roar of the exhaust reverb off the trees as you carve through the forest.

337 from Vanderpool to Leakey. Youre welcome.

McAllen to Laredo on Highway 83 is really pretty.

390 out of Burton back towards Navasota is beautiful on a nice day and perfect for lugging along at 40-45 though you can go faster.


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Old 06-28-2020, 10:32 PM   #10
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I35 to I35W (Denton/Dallas Split)
35W to 20W
20W to 281 (Mineral Wells Exit)
281 South all the way...
Be careful in Morgan Mills (stop light)
dinner/supper Stephenville
coffe/pie in Hico
Marble Falls
Buchannan Lake
Salt Lick in Dripping Springs
Mi tierra's/Alamo San Antonio
Alice go East to Corpus.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:34 PM   #11
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I appreciate all these replies. I’m looking at some of these suggestions now.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:43 PM   #12
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Big bend/elephant mountain, alpine, terlingua area. If you have never been to this part of Texas do your self a favor. The other road I like is hey 16 drain Hondo up thru bandera up north. Junction to rock springs down to bracketville over thru utopia and Leakey is also a great trip. All these are must see parts of Texas.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:54 PM   #13
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If you are planning on coming into Texas on 35 and heading to coast you arent going to see much if Texas. Id say you need to skip heading to coast and go west. East of I-35 above San Antonio isnt much to look at.


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Old 06-29-2020, 01:59 AM   #14
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Hwy 16. The Sportsman road
I've gotta be in San Antonio thursday and thought about taking my harley on Hwy 16...its about a 6hr trip so figured I could leave early Wednesday and enjoy the ride. Is it better than 281?? 281 is my normal route, just thought I might try something different

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Old 06-29-2020, 11:40 AM   #15
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Hwy 16. The Sportsman road
This and take the Willow City Loop between Llano and Fredricksburg.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:04 PM   #16
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why not head west into the pan handle rather than coming down I-35.

Palo Duro canyon would be my first stop. Then go to Marfa.

i agree with the recommendations of 281 through the hill country.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:04 PM   #17
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:01 PM   #18
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You’re getting some good stuff here!

Take the time to swing by Luckenbach when you’re near Fredericksburg.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:10 PM   #19
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If you take the west Texas tour I would definitely spend a night in Fort Davis. The Davis mountains are my favorite part of the state. The state park with the Indian Lodge is a great place to stay.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:47 PM   #20
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Horny toad bar and grill in cranfills Gap. Great ride and food. You can think me later
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:52 PM   #21
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I appreciate all this info. On the west Texas stuff, I’ve been out that way several times while traveling to other western states, as well as family that I have out that way. I have not spent much time in the hill county other than past trips to the Larry Joe Taylor music fest. That area, as well as some places on the coast just interest me much more than heading out west.
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:57 PM   #22
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I appreciate all this info. On the west Texas stuff, I’ve been out that way several times while traveling to other western states, as well as family that I have out that way. I have not spent much time in the hill county other than past trips to the Larry Joe Taylor music fest. That area, as well as some places on the coast just interest me much more than heading out west.
State highway 35 along the coast, then 77 south to 186 west to hwy 16 north through the Hillcounrty back to OK lots of small side excursions and stuff to do

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Old 06-29-2020, 02:59 PM   #23
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Big Bend Area & be sure to stay at the Gage Hotel in Marathon. Be careful riding at night.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:04 PM   #24
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X2 what sailor said about US 281. Years ago I remember my high school driver ed teacher told us that Greyhound, Trailways, etc. bus drivers with the most seniority always picked the US 281 route to drive through Texas. This route had the best scenery, low traffic, best towns, best food, etc. For years and to this day on any north/south Texas trips I take US 281 if I can. Give your Harley trip on US 281 a map look, and have a great time in Texas wherever you end up.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:18 PM   #25
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Make a drive down 59 to Porter go north from there up through God's country.

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Old 06-29-2020, 07:55 PM   #26
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Horny toad bar and grill in cranfills Gap. Great ride and food. You can think me later
THIS...

Plus check out the Loco Coyote outside of Granbury...

Big Bend is a bucket list trip for me
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:16 PM   #27
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In college I took 6 from Eastland to Robinson... I didn't stop, but the drive was very enjoyable.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:18 PM   #28
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I would definitely hit west Texas and then on down to Hill Country and South texas
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:20 PM   #29
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Concan Leakey area along the Frio River is absolutely gorgeous, and my favorite part of Texas by far. Still the hill country, and one of if not the most visited places in Texas for bikes. You can’t go wrong with Fredericksburg and surrounding area either though.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:02 PM   #30
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Ditch 35 and find some back roads if you want a peaceful ride! 2 wheels down!
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:03 AM   #31
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Love them open roads. Stay clear of big metro areas. Cagers have zero respect for motorcycles. Especially the four eyed soccer moms texting on their cell phones.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:51 AM   #32
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I agree on taking Hwy 16. Much more scenic than 281 and way less traffic.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:54 AM   #33
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Hwy 16. The Sportsman road
This is my thoughts as well. Stay on 16 and go South of San Antonio, side trip over to Leakey and the twisted Sisters, look that up. You will not regret it. Stay safe. There is a Motorcycle Motel in Leakey as well, nice place to stay. Visit Cooksey Part at Camp Wood while your there.
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