Tyler Texas Side Trips
Located in the rolling hills of East Texas in Smith County mid-way between Dallas and Shreveport, Tyler has a wide range of appeal, and things to do in the city and on short road trips.
Tyler has convenient access to area lakes that provide boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, and other recreational possibilities.
Tyler State Park, a short drive north of the city, provides overnight camping venues, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and more. In addition, Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler provide opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing.
From world-class golf courses, walking trails, cultural attractions, state parks, festivals, antique shopping, fall motoring and art museums, Tyler and the East Texas area has something for everyone.
Day Trips from Tyler
The fall in Tyler and surrounding area is alive with vibrant fall foliage, and a great time to drive the back roads, and side roads. Interesting day trips in several directions make great side adventures:
Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69
Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East
festivals, potters, artists, garden centers, restaurants
Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days each month
Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas
Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more
Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more
Joinerville - learn and see first hand the places where the famous East Texas Oil Field were discovered
Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
Lake Palestine - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, waterfront restaurants
Toledo Bend Reservoir - boating, fishing, swimming, marinas, hiking, camping, golf, resorts, restaurants
Other Places to Visit around Tyler
And if you are new to the Lone Star State, visit our Waltz Across Texas site for a quick overview of facts and photos about Texas!