Marfa, TXTravel time: 4 h 46 min (308 miles)
For the Artists Who Love the Open Road.
I like to call this unique little town the (condensed) Austin of West Texas. An art hub home to numerous galleries and art foundations alike, Marfa stands as a quirky destination sure to satisfy an artist’s heart. The Chinati Foundation featuring the Donald Judd art instillations should be the first thing on your list. The experience offers a look into the creative culture that has thrived in the small town of 3,000 people. Main Street is saturated with art galleries, shops, art instillations sure to soak up your interest and time.
Places to stay are just as unique. El Cosmico describes itself as a Bohemian West Texas Nomadic Hotel and offers teepees and RV’s that will make you feel as if you’ve entered another world. Guests are also encouraged to test their stage fright and try their talent with Karaoke night, March 17.
Hotel Paisano is a historical destination where guests and visitors can shop inside the hotel, read about its history and watch the now infamous movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.
The main attraction of this far West Texas desert land is the mystical Marfa Lights. Sights of mysterious lights that seem to have no source have been reported enough times to inspire a Marfa Lights Viewing Park. There is no entry fee and the area is open 24 hours. The website recommends visitors come with an open mind. Even if you don’t see the lights for yourself, the skies are as black as can be and stand and an ideal spot for stargazing. I recommend picking up a late night grilled cheese before making your way to this area of the desert. The Museum of Electronic Wonders & Late Night Grilled Cheese opens at 9:30 p.m. and is sure to give you the creeps before you start your search for the lights.
Another attraction to set your radar on is Prada Marfa. Completely free (because no one is going to regulate a small exhibit in the middle of the desert), it is worth the 30 min drive northwest of Marfa to see the exhibit. I would recommend making this a pit stop on your way to Ft. Davis.