Maybe this was the year you were finally going to take that trip to Europe, or you were looking forward to taking your kids to Disney for the first time. Or perhaps you had to cancel a super cheap Caribbean cruise. Or maybe you were planning to take some time off and get away from your daily routine. Whatever your original plans, they likely were thrown out the window thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We can relate in a big way, and we’re here to tell you to keep those PTO days on the calendar because you can still scratch that wanderlust itch with these hidden North Texas day trip gems right in your own backyard.
If eating a burger in the birthplace of the great American hamburger has been at the top of your bucket list for a long time — or your mouth is watering at the thought— then making the 90-minute drive from Dallas to Athens might be your idea of an ideal culinary day trip.
Texas historian Frank X. Tolbert attributes the invention of the hamburger to Fletcher Davis of Athens. Davis is believed to have sold hamburgers at his café at 115 Tyler Street in the late 1880s, before bringing them to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. While the building still stands today, you’ll find antiques — not burgers — in the historic shop.
But if you’re hankering for a good burger, Athens newbie “Athens Burger Bar” has a solid five-star rating on Yelp. Offering hamburger meat ground fresh daily and homemade potato chips and ketchup, it’s not hard to figure out why it’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
“Benson’s Eats & Treats” is another timeless classic offering up more than just burgers. They’ve been serving up burgers since 1949, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about creating this all-American delicacy, and the restaurant’s rave reviews back that up.
While you’re scouting out your favorite burger joint, enjoy Athens’ downtown shops, art galleries, restaurants, and historic buildings. We’ve heard there’s even a popular farmer’s market on the weekends that’s worth the drive.
601 Webster Ave
Waco, TX 76706
Whether you’re a fan of TV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, a Baylor Bear fan (or have one in the family) or you simply love the simple, laid-back charm of Central Texas, you’ll enjoy the two-hour drive to Waco, an increasingly hot destination for North Texas day-trippers. If you haven’t been to Waco lately, you’re in for a few fun surprises and a new experience.
Magnolia Market at the Silos is a great example — it just keeps expanding! Aside from the flagship home-décor store on Bosque, the Magnolia Market at the Silos with its sprawling food truck yard out back and the on-site bakery (Silos Baking Co.), now boasts a coffee shop (Magnolia Press), restaurant (Magnolia Table), and plans to open six new boutique shops in short order.