5 Places to Road Trip in 5 Hours or Less

summer roadtrip

Frisco has so many interesting things going on that generally I don’t see a reason to venture south of 635. Much less go completely out of town. We have staycation, date night, amusement, and adventure completely covered.

I don’t want to take for granted, however, that Frisco’s North Texas location is a perfect jumping off point for an easy road trip. Travel east a bit, and you’ll find miles and miles of dense evergreen trees. Travel south and you’ll arrive in the Texas Hill Country with whitewater rafting and numerous wineries. Three of our four bordering states are just an arms’ length away.

So, next time you’re feeling an itch to travel, don’t bother looking at Just fill up your tank, and hit the highway. Make some memories (and a quick stop at Buc-ee’s, obviously!), and you’ll be glad you skipped the airport in favor of a road trip.

Downtown Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas

About 280 miles from Frisco, in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a rustic, country escape from suburbia with a German influence. Fredericksburg is known as the “epicenter” of the Hill Country wine region. Here you’ll find over 40 wineries, breathtaking sunsets, spas, shopping, and bed and breakfasts. It’s a little bit like watching a romantic Hallmark movie. Fredericksburg doesn’t only cater to couples weekends or girls’ retreats, however. Families will find a lot to enjoy here too such as hiking the majestic Enchanted Rock or the wide selection of Hill Country outdoor sports (white water rafting and Jeep off-road tours, for example).


Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Broken Bow, OK

About 170 miles from Frisco, Broken Bow is a dream location for those who appreciate a good nature hike and cozy cabin life. It’s the home of the beautiful Beavers Bend and Hochatown State Parks, and chock full of gorgeous upscale private cabins and lake activities. I’m dreaming of hosting family Thanksgiving here one day complete with s’mores and sing-a-longs.


Tyler, Texas

Tyler, TX

For a complete change of scenery, head to East Texas and marvel at the stately evergreen trees that surround you. A quick 120 miles from Frisco, Tyler is a small town with a sophisticated personality. Tyler is best known for its State Park, Rose Gardens, and historic homes. Lake Tyler offers recreational opportunities such as Tyler Paddle where you can rent paddle boards or participate in moonlight and yoga paddling. Unknown to most, East Texas is home to many wine vineyards, the most popular of which is The Kiepersol Winery, in Tyler.


Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, AR

Growing up, I spent countless summer vacations and holidays traveling in the back seat of my parents’ station wagon to Hot Springs, Arkansas. To Grandmother’s house we go… playing the license plate game all the way. As an adult, I now realize how fortunate I was to travel to this beautiful State Park with such frequency. About 300 miles from Frisco, this small town offers big adventures. You can unwind in the historic thermal bath houses, or enjoy the numerous lakes, mountain hiking trails, and the Oaklawn Horse Racing park.  Downtown Hot Springs is charming and adorned with lights during the Christmas season.


Austin, Texas

Austin, TX

The best way that I can describe Austin is this:  It’s Dallas meets Chicago meets Denver meets San Francisco. Oh, and throw a little Washington D.C. in there as well because it’s the Texas State Capital.  Austin is an easy 3 hour drive from Dallas, and I never feel quite cool enough to hang out there because it’s just so… COOL. The truth is, however, Austin is a very welcoming city. The various entertainment districts will engage every one of your senses. Restaurants, the arts, street markets with unique handmade goods, and let’s not forget the live music scene. Austin has become nothing short of the “Music Capital of America.” Perhaps you’ve heard of Austin City Limits or South by Southwest (SXSX), but they are just two of the many music festivals hosted by Austin each year. Austin loves its outdoor sports as much as its music, so bring your bicycle and plan to ride the ten miles of trails which border Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. If the rich daytime culture and hot night life aren’t enough to lure you to Austin, just remember that you might bump into resident Matthew McConaughey – which in my opinion, is completely worth the trip all on its own!

So pack it up, Frisco, and hit the road before school starts again!