3 epic West Texas adventures that go beyond Marfa

HOUSTON -- If the holidays have you itching to hit the highway, look no further than West Texas. Between Liz Lambert's chic outpost, El Cosmico, and countless contemporary galleries, Marfa has become a buzzworthy destination for art lovers and festival-goers alike.

But, if you're looking to take a trip beyond Marfa, these nearby West Texas adventures offer perfect alternatives for truly getting off the grid.

Framed by Hancock Hill and the picturesque Paisano Peak in the distance, the drive into Alpine alone is worth the trek to West Texas. Celebrated in the final scenes of Boyhood, Richard Linklater's nostalgic nod to his home state, the Highway 67 turnoff takes you to Marfa, Alpine, Marathon, and, eventually, Big Bend. At Alpine's Sul Ross University, the beautiful, 100-year-old campus is the perfect place to catch a West Texas sunset on your first night in town. Stretch your legs as the sky fades from brilliant red to deep purple, then head to Saddle Club to unwind with tapas and live music.

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