Fasten your seatbelt. Whether sitting passenger side in a vintage Cadillac or squeezed into a rickety bus, there’s only one way to travel in Texas. The Texan road will not only take you from electric cities to dusty national parks, but will offer you beautiful views of diverse landscapes and hidden treasures along the way. Come with Black Tomato as we drive you through Texas’ best roads, no licence required…
You couldn’t complete a road trip through Texas, or America even, without cruising down the infamous Mothe Road. The road’s Texan territory doesn’t just serve up hot skies and distant mountains, however. Cadillac Ranch, an art installation created in 1979 by a group of avant-garde artists, sits roadside in Amarillo. Ten Cadillacs from different years are buried nose-deep, halfway into the ground at an angle corresponding to Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. Now that they’ve lost their original colour, visitors contribute to the installation by spray painting the cars. Alternative Texas at its best.
South Congress Avenue
Otherwise known as SoCo, this downtown district in the very cool capital of Austin is bursting at the seams with creativity. The home of southern bohemia, here you’ll stumble across artisan shops, authentic drinking holes and a myriad of eateries from successful food trucks catered by the hottest chefs to homely, hippy diners. On the first Thursday of every month, a block party is held as shops stay open later, and bars and restaurants have special offers. An essential stop over on any road trip.
Highway 90 to South Highland Avenue
On Highway 90, 25 miles outside of the town of Marfa, you’ll see the wild desert landscape around you interrupted by a small, slick Prada store. Ok, so it’s not exactly a store. This art installation by the Berlin artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset is a store-size sculpture with minimalist white stucco walls and windows displaying real Prada shoes and handbags from the fall collection. There’s no working door though, and these bags are bottomless with all items hiding security systems that alert authorities if the items are removed (not that we’d expect you to try and nab a freebie of course).
Highway 118 and Dark Sky Drive
Take a twisty mountain drive up Highway 118 for a breathtaking 39 miles of leafy, exotic space that will eventually land you at McDonald Observatory. Submerged in the Texas countryside, the Observatory is situated close to Fort Davis, 439 miles west of Austin. Offering spectacular views of the surrounding Texan landscape, try to hang around until sundown to make the most of the fantastic star gazing opportunities here.