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Al’s Texas Tours 2017: Motorcycle Vacations

Back by popular demand and just in time for summer 2017, it’s Al’s Texas Tours! Texas is a vast state with lush beautiful landscapes, scenic views, and endless travel opportunities just waiting to be experienced. What better way to usher in the summer season than to plan a weekend getaway on your motorcycle! We’ve helped you brush off the cobwebs and take the necessary steps to get your bike back into commission and now it’s time to put it to some use! We’ve rounded up the five best motorcycle getaways in the lone star state, enjoy!


Top 5 Motorcycle Vacations in Texas


  1. Three Sisters Ranch Roads, Medina, TX – Just beyond the outskirts of San Antonio rests a motorcycle route that is consistently hailed as one of the best in the state. This road features beautiful scenery, great road quality and tons of attractions. If you need a break from riding, just stop by the Lost Maples Winery for a drink and rest your weary head at the Lodges At Lost Maples or the FireFox Cabins. Also, if you need to cool off, be sure to stop by the Frio River for a refreshing dip. This route is very limited when it comes to gas stations, so make sure that you have a full take before embarking on this adventure!


  1. Texas Hill Country Twister, Kerville, TX – This road starts in Kerville and is a straight shot south to Medina, TX, with tons of great sights and attractions along the way. It’s only a 38-mile ride, so you’ll have plenty of time to experience everything this route has to offer. Visit the biker resort at Koyote Ranch which features antique markets and outdoor biergarten with some of the best views in the State. If you’re lucky, you may even get to pass through the Kerrville Folk Festival, which occurs in the late spring/early summer. Nothing like a little music to accompany you during your ride!


  1. Castolon-Santa Elena Canyon Ride, Big Bend National Park, TX – What better way to take a motorcycle journey than through one of the most famous national parks in the entire country? If you’re a big scenery junkie, then this is definitely the route for you. You’ll be absorbed in a parade of majestic vistas, dazzling rock formations, and monstrous canyons as far as the eye can see. The only bummer is that this area is very stingy on it’s speed limit. You’ll most likely be riding around 45 mph the entire time, so if you have a need for speed, you may need to do some adjusting.


  1. Rio Grande River Road, Alpine, TX – Head down south near the border for a fantastic ride in one of Texas’ most beautiful regions. This route will take you through a portion of Big Bend National Park by way of twists, turns, hills and straightaway roads. This is a perfect destination if you’re just looking to cruise and see the sights. The Rio Grande River Road doesn’t offer many amenities, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing views!


  1. Possum Kingdom Lake Ride, Gradbury, TX – If you’re craving a sense of adventure, then head on out to this great motorcycle route just outside Dallas/Ft. Worth. This route is a great hidden gem that contains great roads that twist and turn as well as some thrilling sights to behold. If you plan on riding this route, it’s highly recommended that you spend the night at the campgrounds. This area is a utopia for water sports, fishing, and nature activities. While you’re there, make sure you check out the infamous “Hell’s Gate” cliff formation in the lake. You can even go cliff diving if you’re brave enough!


Before planning that weekend motorcycle getaway, now is a great time to make sure that all of your motorcycle insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to have an agent review your policy to confirm that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insured through us!


From all of us at Al Boenker Insurance, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the ride!

Top 5 Texas National Parks

Amazement, Awe, Admiration…

These are just a small sample of emotional states people experience when taking in the majestic views of National Parks. The Lone Star State is famous for it’s lush beautiful landscapes and scenic backdrops, which inspires spectators from all around the world. These environmental treasures remain both historically significant and immensely enjoyable for people of all ages. The US National Park System turns 100 today, and we’re celebrating by highlighting and appreciating the best sate parks Texas has to offer.


Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park, TX – This is perhaps one of the most famous national parks in Texas as well as the entire country. This campground features some of the highest points and incredible rock formations in the state, which makes it great for backpacking. Campers can also Kayak along the Rio Grande River and discover some of the most beautiful views in all of Texas.



Guadalupe Mountains National Park, West TX – This mountainous national park is known for it’s extensive trails and exquisite views, boding as one of the nation’s most intact wilderness regions. This national park also contains Guadalupe Peak, which is the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet in elevation. Camping and many other exciting outdoor activities are offered at the park, such as cave exploring and horseback riding.



Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze, TX – Southeast Texas is home to this heavily forested area, which inhabits a wide diversity of ecosystems. There is a large variety of animal life abound in this preserve, which can be observed by hiking and paddling tours. This national preserve serves as a safe haven for wildlife and a place for discovery and adventure.



Big Bend Ranch State Park, South Saucedo, TX – This remote park is a hidden gem of the Rio Grande Valley and it holds the title of Texas’ biggest state park. It offers a ton of outdoor recreational activities and some of the best trails in the state. The park’s vast desert landscape offers beautiful vistas, unrivaled night skies and steep canyons you need to see to believe!



San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio, TX – This Southern National Park preserves five of the Spanish frontier missions in the city of San Antonio. Catholic missionaries established these landmarks and they were used as outposts while they spread the word of God to local natives. They were also important in colonizing the territory during the 17th century. This National Park is full of rich Texas history and is a great destination for educational purposes.


If you plan on visiting one of these historic parks, make sure that you’re covered. Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto, home, boat, RV insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!