Most road trips begin at the state's largest city, Houston, which is found to the southeast of the Coastal Plains region. Don't leave straight away, instead allow a few days to discover more about this vast city. Home of the world-famous Houston Space Centre, Museum of Fine Arts and Houston Zoo.
A 2.5 hour drive from Houston is the state's fourth-biggest city and capital, Austin. Driving via the smaller city of San Antonio will take a little longer but allows you to explore the Alamo Spanish Mission Fortress, one of the state's most important historic landmarks. Austin itself is famous for being the live music capital of the US and a culturally diverse, trendy destination that is the most progressive and liberal city in Texas.
3 hours north from Austin is Dallas, the quintessential Texan city. Globally famous as the setting for the famous 1980s TV show of the same name, there's actually much more to Dallas than JR and his Ewing oil company. Today Dallas is a modern global city with a large LGBT community and a burgeoning arts scene. It hosts the annual Texas State Fair, a historic event that welcomes 2 million visitors every September.
Located in the far west of the state, a long drive from the eastern cities listed above is the city of El Paso. However, a road trip in Texas is not complete without making it to this border city. The long drive allows you to explore the 'real' Texas, including small towns such as Abiland, Odessa and Midland. The drive also takes you through the Great Plains region and the mountainous Basins Region, home of the Big Bend National Park. Once in El Paso, you'll encounter a heady blend of Mexican and US culture, in a city that has a diverse population and some of the best and most authentic Tex-Mex food in North America.