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Apr 10, 2018
by Pam Thomas

Day Trip Ideas - A Short Drive From Dallas

There’s nothing quite like a quick getaway with the family to break the bondage of everyday humdrum and power yourself up the rest of the month. Dallas, TX, in fact, is conveniently located within a short charter bus drive from some old towns, outdoor recreational centers and historical sites that lets you strike out on your own without breaking the bank.

If you spend some time (ideally a few weeks to a month) floating some ideas around with your loved ones, you won't end up stretching yourself too thin while getting the chance to explore places that are absolutely packed with personality. A short distance away is places that boast of wine country escapades, lakeside retreats, rejuvenating spas, thrilling theme parks, eclectic art districts, and head-turning year-round events.

Here are a few ideas to set your mind chugging.


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1. Hotels, resorts, and spas within close proximity to Dallas, TX

With more than 1,200 luxurious hotel rooms with marble bathrooms and double vanity areas, 120 suites, chic Italian, Tex-Mex and Old-West style dining options, spas, a 6,000 square foot complex with waterslides, a lazy river, heated pools (with a full bar to the side) and a club with live entertainment, it’s hard to go wrong with The Gaylord Texan Resort. On the other hand, you can also make the 30-minute drive to The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club if you’re into golfing and are looking for a place where the kiddos can roam and romp about as they please. While you’re taking your golf game to the top at its renowned 18-hole championship-style golf course, other family members can spend their time splashing around in the 200-foot long lagoon-style pool and soak up some sun.

For the adventurous at heart, knock yourself out with activities like horseback riding, paintballing, hayrides, cooking lessons, wildlife tours, model rocket launching, fishing, archery, hunting, and cattle driving, just to name a few, at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort which is located approximately an hour and 30 minutes drive away from downtown Dallas, TX. The Cliffs Resort on Possum Kingdom Lake, in the meantime, is second to none as far as a destination for water lovers is concerned. Rent a watercraft and swerve around in the waters, putt with your friends at the par-71 golf course (one of the most challenging in Texas), or sign up for a calming spa session at The Spa at The Cliffs.
  • Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center
    1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
    (817) 778-1000
    Highlights: Massages, spas, live entertainment, treatment rooms, a massive conference center for business meetings, trade shows, and functions, and weddings
  • The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club
    1549 Legacy Dr, Frisco, TX 75034
    (972) 668-8000
    Highlights : Great restaurants that serve up a fanfare of breakfast, brunch, baked goods, coffee, and cocktails. Small rewards are given to customers for participating in their green movement of conserving energy and water. 
  • Rough Creek Lodge
    1435 Pvtrd Era 1256, 3505, Iredell, TX 76649
    (254) 965-3700
    www.roughcreek.com
    Highlights : An amazing place for outdoor lovers, families, and couples. Has a waterpark with slides and rock-climbing amenities, as well as a rustic, true-blue traditional American restaurant to serve up a storm. Venues and facilities for meetings, conferences, and weddings available.
  • The Cliffs Resort on Possum Kingdom Lake
    160 Cliffs Dr, Graford, TX 76449
    (940) 779-4040
    www.thecliffsresort.com
    Highlights : A cool place for fishing, water activities, romantic sunset and sunrise by the lake. Enjoy its 24-hour fitness center, sign up for sailing or water-skiing, or simply lounge around sunbathing. The Chaparral Grille serves fresh-out-of-the-sea delicacies and other favorites, brews, and breakfast buffets.

2. Getting adventurous with your family

A top-visited city in Texas, Dallas is a dream ticket for anyone with a family of active toddlers and teens. Attractions, as touristy as it sometimes can get, attractions like Six Flags, Aquariums, rodeo shows, fairs, art exhibitions, parks, and gardens are sure to keep everyone pumped. There’s pleasant pandemonium to experience with rides like AQUAMAN Splashdown, BATWING, Looney Tunes Adventure Camp, Roaring Rapids, Six Flags Speedway Go Karts, Taz Tornado Swings, Texas Depot and many more at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, less than 30 minutes charter bus ride away!

You can also have an educational trip to the Dallas World Aquarium to let the kids learn about unique animals like the red-backed bearded saki, butterflyfish, tomato frog, blue poison dart frog, blackeye goby, harlequin shrimp, Moorish idol, Jabiru stork, American Flamingo, and black-and-white hawk-eagle, or bring the rented charter bus to Mesquite ProRodeo for one of their unique cowboy/cowgirl or dirt bike shows.
  • Six Flags Over Texas
    2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010
    (817) 640-8900
    Highlights : Scooter rental is available for the elderly and disabled, affordable promotions like ‘Bring a Friend Day’ is up for grabs, has a covered playground, more than 50 different rides with differing thrill factors, live entertainment, great atmosphere and budget-friendly season passes.
  • Dallas World Aquarium
    1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202
    (214) 720-2224
    www.dwazoo.com
    Highlights : Thoughtfully designed for strollers, wheelchairs, toddlers and lots of walking. Has a conservation and education program, rescuing endangered and injured animals and wildlife is a part of a cooperative breeding program.
  • Mesquite ProRodeo
    1818 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite, TX 75149
    (972) 285-8777
    www.mesquiterodeo.com
    Highlights : Features the blow-by-blow rough and tumble action of rodeo riders from April to September played to the tune of the latest hip-hop music. Provides live entertainment, cowboy/cowgirl, and dirt bike entertainment; a great night for the whole family. Drop by its gift shop for unique souvenirs for your friends back home.

3. Unwind and disconnect from the world

When it becomes plain as day that you need the weekend off to just get away from the buzz of your work week, it doesn't take much to just drop everything and enjoy whatever’s in Dallas’ backyard. This won’t cut into your budget and is a great way to bond with your family members. If you’ve grown up in large cities, taking a charter bus ride along the scenic 3-hour drive along Beavers Bend will blow your mind. The scenic route is located towards the southeastern corner of Texas near Broken Bow where cozy log cabins, spacious greens, wooded terrains, lakes with crystal clear water and streams are common sights. It is also easy to get absorbed into the crowd of people at Magnolia Market at The Silos, you can always sidestep the buzz with a trip to Travaasa Austin or check yourself into the Oasis On Lake Travis.

Living in the moment is what you will also find yourself doing when you take the charter bus to Fredericksburg, TX, a city located in the heart of Texas. It defines what a true getaway should really be like, with stories you’ve never heard of, a rustic charm that will rub off on you, romantic sunsets, small towns with friendly locals, and of course, the wineries. Step away from the rushed vibe of Dallas, 4 hours away, and enter well over 2 dozen local wineries where wine is tested, food is devoured and memories are made.
  • Beavers Bend Scenic Route and Park
    Highlight : Peak time is autumn when every tree and leaf seems to shine through with their own shade of color, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, golfing, kayaking, boating, jet skiing along Beavers Bend Lake and biking are permitted activities along the route and park.
  • Magnolia Market At The Silos
    601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706
    (254) 235-0603
    www.magnolia.com
    Highlights : An idiosyncratic place packed with people like the opening day of a state fair. An amazing array of home decor, t-shirts, plants, desserts, coffee, baked goods like cookies and cupcakes. A place where people are flippantly carefree about the crowd size and their focus is to simply converge and shop.
  • Travaasa Austin
    13500 FM 2769, Austin, TX 78726
    (512) 364-0061
    Highlights : A freewheeling experience where peacefulness and self-reflection is the duty of the day. A simple day-trip to Travaasa has been said to be powerful enough of shifting entire mindsets. They also offer meeting rooms, team-building activities, rope courses, and a spa located in the midst of the blindingly beautiful Hill Country.
  • Fredericksburg, TX
    www.fbgtx.org
    Highlights : The small town is lined with historic streets spotted with hundreds of different treasured historic structures that date its German heritage. Dozens of wineries and restaurants to choose from, boutiques to shop in and settlers’ homesteads to explore. Be sure to drop by Pioneer Museum, Marktplatz and the National Museums of the Pacific War. 

Chartering a Dallas Charter Bus is the Perfect Way to Get Around!

Chartering a Dallas bus to get you and your family around the above-mentioned attractions is a fun and affordable way to get around. You get to enjoy all the excitement, and minus the driving, parking and traffic jams. Day trips are simply less shackled that way! We will bring you the perfect vehicle whether you’re running a team-building event, organizing a corporate function, or planning a long, city-to-city vacation with family and friends. We’re dedicated to helping you find special deals that will fit your budget.

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