Head Out on the Highway

Reinvent the Wheel on One of These Cool Texas Road Trips

Texas State Railroad
Texas State Railroad (Photo By Gerald E. McLeod)

Transportation Museums

  • Central Texas Museum of Automotive History Businessman and rancher Dick Burdick's love for cars led to a collection of more than 100 classic cars including a 1948 Tucker that was in the movie of the same name. From the beautiful to the fanciful, there is some in the collection that will astound just about everybody. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm. Admission. From Hwy. 71, take TX 304 south, 12 miles south of Bastrop, in Rosanky. 512/237-2635.

  • Lawrence Marshall Car Museum & Showroom This a car museum where everything is for sale. The collection of hundreds of autos ranges antiques to fire trucks with a special emphasis on muscle cars of the Sixties and Seventies. www.marshallantiquecars.com Two miles west of Hempstead on U.S. 290. 877/353-2277.

  • Center for Transportation Commerce (Railroad Museum) The once-bustling Union Passenger Depot near the docks in Galveston, Texas has been restored to its 1932 art deco heyday. More than 35 vintage rail cars sit on the tracks and six theatres tell the history of commerce at the gulf port. Open daily 10am-4pm. Admission. www.tamug.tamu.edu/rrmuseum/ The Center is located at the end of the Strand at 25th Street, Galveston. 409/765-5700.

  • Pate Museum of Transportation Planes, trains, boats, and automobiles make up this extensive collection of transportation devices. Some are even available for climbing on. Open daily, except Monday, 9am-5pm. Free admission. www.classiccar.museums/Pate/Pate.html U.S. 377 south of Fort Worth. 817/332-1161.

  • Texas State Railroad Ride an antique passenger car pulled by a state-operated steam engine. The 50-mile, four-hour round trip passes scenic farms and through thick forests. A fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Coolers are allowed on the train, but there is also a snack bar on board and at the depots. Tickets are $15 and $9. Many special events are planned during the summer. www.tpwd.state.tx.us In East Texas, from Palestine to Rusk. 800/442-8951.
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