Top Things to Do in Lubbock on a Texas Road Trip
Next stop: Lubbock, Texas. Whether you’re just passing through for a few hours or staying for a full day, there’s plenty of ways to spend your time in this charming West Texas city on a road trip through the state. This 24-hour guide will give you tips on getting the most out of the area in one day.
First things first: Get some western wear.
Start your day in Lubbock—a city famous for its Wild West roots—by acquiring a few quintessential cowboy items. Head over to Dollar Western Wear on Slide Road to browse through hundreds of cowboy-inspired clothing and accessories. This is where you can find items like cowboy hats, Minnetonka boots, rugged jeans, flashy tops, belt buckles and more. It has plenty of children’s wear, too, so stock up. Check out other western stores here.
Next, find out what makes Lubbock cuisine famous.
You should never settle for exit-ramp fast food on a road trip—and especially not in Lubbock, which is known for both its local barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine. With tons of tasty options around the town, it’s hard to narrow it down and pick one. Start by killing two birds with one stone at The Arrogant Texan on University Avenue, which has a delicious representation of both barbecue and Tex-Mex. An oversized Texas flag and cowboy decor including pictures of John Wayne, the Texas lone star and horseshoes greet you inside. On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection including pulled pork on Texas toast, quesadillas, burritos and more. Save room for dessert; the restaurant is popular for its Amy’s Ice Cream that is known for fun, homemade flavors like Fruit Loops, peanut butter and jelly, apple pie and more. For more local favorites, go to visitlubbock.org/foodie.
After lunch, learn about a local legend.
Lubbock is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly, so a quick stop in Lubbock must include a visit to the Buddy Holly Center, where you learn about the life and the music of Lubbock’s favorite son. The building is easy to spot with its oversized sculpture of black-rimmed spectacles out front—the ones that you could always catch Buddy wearing. Exhibits include personal belongings of Buddy Holly including his childhood homework, guitar, photographs and clothing. The center isn’t only focused on Buddy Holly, either. It has additional galleries full of creative art pieces done by local talent.
Speaking of young talent, check out one of the most beautiful college campuses in Texas.
You won’t have time to explore every building on Texas Tech University’s expansive campus, but at least plan to take a driving tour through it to see its towering brick buildings, well-maintained gardens, impressive football stadium and sculpture collection of around 100 pieces.
Did someone say happy hour?
One of the best things to do in Lubbock as the afternoon winds down is visit a local winery. The Llano Estacado Winery is one of them, lying on the outskirts of Lubbock. It hosts daily wine tastings and tours. Tours take approximately 15 minutes, and guests can see the behind-the-scenes process of winemaking. Afterwards, you can try samples of wine fresh out of the barrel. The winery is located on a picturesque meadow with its own vineyard that guests can walk through. Another option is McPherson Cellars, open daily (except on Sundays), a popular spot for sampling wines in its urban setting complete with a relaxing patio.
Now, hit the town.
Let’s combine dinner and entertainment, shall we? La Diosa Cellars, another winery and restaurant, is a fun local favorite in Lubbock, where chandeliers hang from the ceiling and funky light fixtures give the place a lively vibe. The menu consists of Spanish-inspired cuisine with dishes and tapas like Santo Burillo (whiskey flavored pork tenderloins), Mezzaluna Escargot (Basque-style snails) and Besitos Y Jalapenos (fire-roasted peppers with shrimp and bacon). It’s also one of the best spots in all of Texas to get Sangria. La Diosa is near the Cactus Theater, which regularly hosts shows and tribute bands covering the The Eagles, Journey and Fleetwood Mac. The theater is located in a historic brick building with vintage vertical light signs that can’t be missed. Check the schedule just to see what’s playing during your road trip stopover in Lubbock.
Head to bed.
If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight before hitting the road, Lubbock has plenty of hotel accommodations throughout the city. Some are located conveniently close to the highway, too, including the Four-Diamond Overton Hotel & Conference Center on Mac Davis Lane. The hotel has its own award-winning steakhouse and wine selection, featuring both local and international selections. The high-rise hotel gives guests a spectacular view overlooking the city and Jones AT&T Stadium. Lubbock’s more than 50 hotels provide options that fit any budget. Find more choices here.
Before you leave Lubbock…
Knock a couple more venues off your list before you get on the road to your next city. The Silent Wings Museum is world renowned for its impressive collection of World War II artifacts and glider pilot history. There, you can learn more about the story and history behind the glider program and even view one of the few fully restored glider planes in existence. Another fantastic way to get a sense of ranching history is at the National Ranching Heritage Center, a museum set up like the Wild West with 48 authentic ranching structures scattered around 16 acres. Inside, hundreds of artifacts and art pieces tell the story of the area’s history.
These are just a few of the place to go and things to do in Lubbock on a stop during a Texas road trip. Check out our blog for more ideas on things to do in the area, and share your photos with us of your favorite spots during your visit in Lubbock using the hashtag #LiveLoveLubbock or #VisitLubbock.