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The 10 Best Summer Spots in Texas While Social Distancing

We were all waiting for the summer to travel to our favorite spots when the pandemic hit. With a new normal some are starting to go out and want to travel while staying safe. Check out some of our favorite spots to travel to while maintaining social distance.

If being outdoors is your call, you should check out the following State Parks in Texas:

1. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

The home of bird sightseeing, you might be able to see over 360 species.

P.S. The headquarters of the World Birding Center is located here, you should check it out.

2. Franklin Mountains State Park

With over a hundred miles of trails and pathways, you can’t miss the red rocky views of canyons and desert around El Paso area.

3. Big Bend Ranch State

If you end up going do not forget to visit the Closed Canyon Trail, you will have an amazing landscape of rocky mountains and biking trails right next to Terlingua.

If you are more into water, these options might be best for you:

4. Possum Kingdom Lake

Only ninety miles north of Fort Worth, you can spend the day swimming or floating on its crystal-clear water.

5. Garner State Park

The location where the Frio River meets allows it to spend time doing camping and several water activities such as tubing, kayaking, fishing, and even snorkeling. The 10 acre of river frontage is definitely a must-visit place during the summer.

Also, let’s not forget the beautiful beaches that are located in our state:

6. Galveston

The classic beach getaway, it is one of the most popular summer destinations, and it is easy to maintain social distance while soaking up some sun. There are plenty of restaurants and stores, just make sure they are following all sanitary regulations.

7. Corpus Christi

This location is less crowded and quieter than Galveston but also as enjoyable during the summer. You have a seventy-mile beach to take a long walk and enjoy some waves to do some surfing. 

8. South Padre Island

It is home to the most beautiful beaches in the Lone Star State, with its white-sand beaches, it is a great summer destination to visit.

And finally traveling to other cities is always a great option. We leave you some options to visit:

9. San Antonio

It is a perfect city summer getaway, taking a walk on the famous Riverwalk, enjoying a nice meal in one of its restaurants and visiting the Alamo, you’ll have plenty of options to have a great time while staying safe.

10. Austin

The capital of our great state cannot be missed, from visiting the Texas State Capitol and downtown, all the way to visiting local coffee shops, food truck cuisine and you will find a variety of activities outdoors. 

Maintaining social distance today is a must, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a nice day out with family visiting incredible summer spots.

Be sure to double-check all city ordinances pertaining to mask requirements and capacity levels. Visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ for the most recent updates. 

Before you head out remember to give your local Al Boenker Insurance agent a call to ensure you have the best coverage for your needs! Call 1-800-Thanks-Al or go online to thanksal.com.

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!