START: Park headquarters, on Park Road 22 END: At the southern tip of the island DIRECTIONS: No roads, no traffic, no problem. Just keep heading south on the sand. DISTANCE: 60 miles (one way)
If you’ve ever wanted to keep going after the road ends, the beach at Padre Island National Seashore is the perfect getaway. The views of the Gulf are stunning, but take note: a four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential, and it’s wise to call ahead to find out about current conditions (361-949-8175).