Houston to Colorado Road Trip
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- San Antonio
- San Angelo
- Santa Fe
- Pagosa Springs
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Cowboy country, anyone? This road trip will take you through the lively streets of Houston, the quiet desert beauty of New Mexico—all the way to the lush state of Colorado.
Extra points if you spot a tumbleweed.
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Ready to hit the road? We start in Houston!
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Start: Houston, TX
Did you know that the average Houston resident eats out more times a week than anywhere else in the U.S.? Maybe it’s because restaurants are a bit more affordable—or maybe it’s because the food in Houston is fire.
Either way, you’ll be eating to your heart’s delight in Houston, and that’s only before you enjoy the entertainment this city has to offer!
Where to eat in Houston:
Roost (American, Southwestern) — This cozy and unassuming contemporary Southwestern eatery has all your favorite classic American offerings, seafood included. Head chef Kevin Naderi takes inspiration from his cooking experience in Napa and NYC and centers farm-fresh ingredients inspired from countries all over the world.
Batanga (Latin, Bar) — Batanga has one of the largest outdoor patios in Houston, making a great spot for warm summer nights—or for those who want to eat socially distanced. This restaurant offers a range of tapas—small plates—from Latin American countries including Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Cuba.
Things to do in Houston:
As one of the most populous cities in the United States, Houston, Texas is full of entertainment opportunities for all alike!
Space lovers will love the Space Center Houston, which includes a display of a flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that is over 156 feet long. If you’re a fan of museums, you can also check out The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for countless art exhibitions.
Go to an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, where you can also enjoy some of the most exciting stadium food in the country (tortilla-wrapped hotdog with Hot Cheetos, anyone?).
Looking for a more laid-back activity? Try out the Buffalo Bayou Partnership where you’ll have access to hundreds of acres of running trails and parkland.
Houston Space Center, Texas
Houston to San Antonio, TX
Ah, San Antonio, where the sun shines 300 days a year and the average temperature is in the 70s. This city, centered nearly equidistant between Texas’s east and west coasts, is a perfect stop on any southern road trip.
Length: 200 miles
Where to eat in San Antonio:
Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar (Contemporary, Bar) — With an extensive cocktail menu, weekend brunch, and mouth-watering appetizers, this stop will give you all the southern food offerings you’re craving—without sacrificing culinary innovation. Think Thai barbeque duck wings, steamed black mussels, chicken & waffles, and pork brisket steak. Yum.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery (American, Bar) — Run by chef Jeff Balfour, this restaurant modernizes classic cross-cultural Texan cuisine—plus, with a seasonal shifting menu, you’re always guaranteed to be getting the best menu with the freshest ingredients.
Things to do in San Antonio:
The River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, is a 15-mile urban waterway. Walk along the waterway or hop in a boat for a guided tour through the city. On the south end of the waterway, you can catch a glimpse of the San Antonio Missions.
Outdoors lovers should check out Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, which gives you a view of the Texas Hill Country—amidst breathtaking rock formations and scenery. Or, go to San Antonio’s Natural Bridge Caverns to see some of Texas’s natural underground wonder.
River Walk, San Antonio
San Antonio to Austin, TX
Need to see a little more of Texas? We’ve got you covered. Austin is a thriving and vibrant city, becoming one of the tech hubbubs of the nation. See if you can spot a Barton Springs salamander, which is native exclusively to Austin!
Length: 80 miles
Where to eat in Austin:
Emmer and Rye (New American) — This carbon-neutral restaurant is so focused on season and fresh ingredients that it features a menu that changes daily—and animal butchery is done on-site! As an entirely farm-to-table restaurant, you’re sure to feel good after eating here.
Uchi (Japanese) — After training in New York, Tokyo, and Austin for over 10 years, chef and sushi master James Beard opened Uchi, bringing innovation to traditional Japanese. His love for experimentation coupled with his expertise are sure to delight any sushi-lover!
Things to do in Austin:
Zilker Park gives travelers entertainment and a place to cool off—swim in Barton Springs Pool or take a stroll through the sculpture garden and botanical gardens.
Hike Mount Bonnell to catch views of the city and Lake Austin—or, if you want a less strenuous outdoor activity, check out Laguna Gloria’s woodlands.
For a truly Texan experience, spend a night at Broken Spoke, the dive bar and Texan dance hall.
View from Mount Bonnell, Austin, Texas
Austin to San Angelo, TX
Alright—last stop in Texas. (What can we say? It’s a really big state). Near the northern coast, San Angelo will let you relax and stay occupied on your way through the states.
Length: 205 miles
Where to eat in San Angelo:
Zero One Ale House (American, Bar) — House brewed beers, Monday thru Friday 4-7pm Happy Hour, brewery tours, loads of meat and seafood dishes—Zero One Ale House definitely won’t disappoint any food-loving traveler.
The Wharf (American, Seafood) — Classic steakhouse and fresh seafood? Yes, please. The Wharf will satisfy a wide array of cravings—nothing too surprising, and nothing disappointing.
Things to do in San Angelo:
Take a self-guided tour through the historic Fort Concho or hike through San Angelo State Park to loosen up after a long day of driving. Or, check out one of San Angelo’s many museum offerings, like the Railway and Heritage Museum of San Angelo or San Angelo’s Museum of Fine Arts.
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San Angelo to Tularosa, NM
Length: 411 miles
Where to eat in Tularosa:
Casa de Suenos (Mexican, Southwestern) — This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving New Mexican cuisine since 2002, and meals are always made-to-order. Casa de Suenos is also a great budget-friendly option to offset some of the costs of your trip!
Things to do in Tularosa:
Tularosa is a small but up-and-coming town in the south of New Mexico sure to please any lovers of the outdoors. Here, you should be sure to spend some time in Lincoln National Forest—you can also go to Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, which exhibits prehistoric Jornada Mogollon rock art (there are over 21,000 petroglyphs!).
Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
Tularosa to Albuquerque, NM
And with that, we’re back to a big city! We hope you’re not too tired from all your driving yet—we’re just getting started. Packed with history to see and with great cuisine to try, Albuquerque might just be your next favorite city.
Length: 200 miles
Where to eat in Albuquerque:
Farina (Italian, Pizza) — This downtown pizzeria serves artisanal pizzas, salads, and housemade pasta, and the menu also features an eclectic beer and wine list, so you’ll always be able to grab a great drink to go with your food. Locally sourced ingredients and house-cured meats are a couple of reasons this pizzeria is ranked among the top 20 in the country!
Indian Pueblo Kitchen (Southwestern, Native American) — This is a great pick for anyone who wants to experience the rich cultural history of New Mexico through its cuisine. Headed by Chef Ray Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo, Odawa), Indian Pueblo Kitchen features traditional indigenous cuisine and Native American culinary artistry to give you a full exploration of Native American culture. Get a glimpse of the Sandia mountains while dining outside or enjoy dining indoors in the restaurant.
Things to do in Albuquerque:
Albuquerque will certainly prove more bustling than Tularosa, giving you some great energy after taking it easy for a day or so in the south of NM. See the Petroglyph National Monument and go to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for some good historical travel content.
For those wanting some adrenaline, take a Ghost Tour of Old Town at night for a good scare.
And outdoors lovers—make sure you take advantage of the hiking and rock climbing in the surrounding desert (La Luz Trail is a great option).
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque to Santa Fe, NM
For some more enjoyment of the American southwest, head to Santa Fe, established back in 1607.
Length: 65 miles
Where to eat in Santa Fe:
Jambo Cafe (Caribbean, African) — For African homestyle cuisine, look no further than Jambo Cafe, headed by Chef Ahmed Obo. Everything from Kenyan-style beef kebabs to Moroccan lamb stew to coconut chicken curry, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t enjoy Jambo’s colorful menu.
Paper Dosa (Indian) — Paper Dosa, per its name, focuses on dosa dishes, like paneer and peas dosa, white truffle masala dosa, and egg dosa. They even offer a take-home kit to make your own dosa if that’s your jam (and if you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen)!
Things to do in Santa Fe:
Canyon Road hosts a variety of galleries with local artwork and artisan craftwork, including Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings.
Catch an opera at the Santa Fe Opera House, an open-air venue surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges.
Museum fanatics can check out the Museum of International Folk Art and Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum, and architecture buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe to Pagosa Springs, CO
Pagosa Springs, in southwestern Colorado, is named after the city’s natural hot springs, and is sure to give you a proper taste of beautiful Colorado!
Length: 150 miles
Where to eat in Pagosa Springs:
Alley House Grille (American, Seafood) — Voted in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide through Traveller’s Choice, Alley House Grille offers meat- and seafood-centered dishes, salads, and pizzas. It’s an easy-to-order-at restaurant with top of the line ingredients and curations.
Rosie’s Pizzeria (Italian, Bar) — This highly-rated pizzeria makes all their pizzas from scratch and in-house, making it some of the tastiest comfort food around. With gluten-free and vegetarian options, Rosie’s is a great destination for health-conscious eaters.
Things to do in Pagosa Springs:
On your drive from Santa Fe to Pagosa Springs, make sure to stop off at Carson National Forest for some hiking and nature-viewing!
Pagosa Springs is a superb destination for outdoors enthusiasts, with over 650 miles of trails, fishing, hot springs, waterfall hikes, and more!
You can camp in Pagosa’s secluded woodlands or go to the top of the Continental Divide on Wolf Creek Pass for a view of Treasure Falls, a 100-ft waterfall. Fish for trout in the San Juan River, take a hot air balloon ride for a view of the whole town, or soak in the mineral-rich pools at one of the three hot springs facilities.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Pagosa Springs to Denver
And finally, you’ve made it! We finish off in Denver, one of Colorado’s most bustling cities, packed full of great eateries, rich entertainment, and breathtaking natural beauty.
Length: 275 miles
Where to eat in Denver:
Tables (American) — Chefs Amy and Dustin Barrett have cultivated this restaurant with a keen focus on having a relaxed, eclectic, cozy ambiance—from the mismatched salvaged decor to the simple but sophisticated menu.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (American, Cafe) — And for your breakfast and brunch needs, get a Bloody Mary or an eggs benedict at Snooze. All your favorite brunch entrees and drinks with no sacrifice of quality.
Things to do in Denver:
End your trip in Denver, Colorado for a welcome back into bigger-city life.
Art lovers can check out Clyfford Still Museum or the Denver Art Museum, which takes inspiration from the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
Catch a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a magnificent outdoor amphitheater that can bring you entertainment while getting to bask in Colorado’s natural topography.
Stroll through South Broadway—otherwise known as So Bo—for some antique furniture shopping.
Most importantly, don’t end off your trip without enjoying some more of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains: you can take an easier walk to Lookout Mountain or do a more arduous climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park.
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