Traveling the brick highways of the 1920s or stopping at roadside diners and motorcourts of the 1940s and '50s follows the early auto routes that inspired the family road trip phenomenon. You'll be glad you skipped the monotonous interstate to get long gone to a bygone era full of downtowns, diners, and diversions.
And don't forget the railroads. You can still ride the rails in the comforts of your own sleeper or traverse some of the railroad byways on foot thanks to Rails-to-Trails, a program that converts historic and abandoned rail routes into multi-use trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian traffic. So you can still travel from town to town in places across Texas at your own pace...or your horse's. Just don't stay in the saddle too long.
Want to know one of the great advantages of traveling the historic trails and highways of Texas in modern times (other than the fact that it takes a day, not a week, to traverse the Texas segments)? You can make the trek today without getting saddle sore! The daunting task of tackling the Old Spanish Trail or the Oregon-California Trail on horseback a hundred years ago boggles the mind-its excruciating incremental pace, no DVD screen in the back seat, no...web surfing?!
Read more about highway development in the Handbook of Texas Online.