An Overview: Our Favourite Weekend Getaways In Texas

Introduction to the greatest weekend getaways in Texas

Everything is bigger here, which sure goes for the list of weekend getaways in Texas. The largest of the lower 48 states offers an almost endless stream of options for those wanting to take a break and get away from it all.

A state as large as the Lone Star State is bound to have something for everybody. Take your partner on one of the romantic getaways in Texas, or include the kids as well and plan one of many family getaways in Texas.

First off, get a feel for how big the state actually is. Texas can be divided into seven regions, each with its own natural beauty, bigger or smaller city life, and activities abound.

  • Big Bend Country: from El Paso in the very west to Big Bend along the Rio Grande river, astonishing landscapes and blistering desert heat.
  • Panhandle Plains: take a road trip through the endless plains of North Texas, manhandle the bigger than life steaks in Amarillo, or visit the Llano Estacado.
  • Prairies and Lakes: this is the region around Dallas and Fort Worth, great for water recreation and bustling city nightlife.
  • Piney Woods: Northeast Texas, hugging the Arkansas and Louisiana borders, is famed for its bayous, pine forests, and impressive Civil Rights and Civil War memorials.
  • Gulf Coast: home to Houston with all its cultural treats, as well as perfect beaches and islands only a short ferry ride away.
  • South Texas Plains: remember the Alamo at San Antonio, or visit some of the age old Jesuit missions.
  • Hill Country: smack down the middle of the Lone Star state, visit fantastic Austin, or make your way through the surprisingly green and lush rolling hills.

It would truly take a lifetime to sample everything Texas has to offer. Let us break it down for you a little more.

Amazing romantic getaways in Texas

Do not think only out of staters come in to enjoy everything Texas has to offer. Even Texans themselves can feel like they are in another world within a short day trip’s drive. One of the preferred regions for anniversary getaways in Texas (no worries: it can be a day-, week-, month- or longer anniversary) is the Hill Country around Austin. From the simple and cheap to the luxurious and majestic and everything in between, you will remember the sunsets especially.

Take a romantic carriage ride in Fort Worth

Take a romantic carriage ride in Fort Worth

We have shortlisted some of the most romantic places to stay:

  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas: get truly pampered in a beautiful estate which used to be the venue of choice of some of the biggest celebrity parties in Dallas. The classical building style provides an immediate romantic feel, and there is a excellent restaurant on the premises.
  • Mokara Hotel & Spa in San Antonio: one of the best known attractions in San Antonio is the historic River Walk, which makes it a prime option for romantic weekend getaways in Texas. This hotel puts you right in the thick of things. It also offers spa and massage services for the relaxation needy.
  • Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin: another great inner city option, in the Travis Heights neighborhood of the state capital. It has all the luxury you would expect, alongside a very cool library with a film room. Bike rental is available for a great way to get to know Austin from the inside. And if this is not enough, luxury Swedish handmade Hästens beds await for your best night of sleep ever.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for weekend getaways for couples in Texas. Other options include romantic cabin getaways in Texas Hill Country, or more to the west near Big Bend National Park.

To truly surprise your loved one, visit one of the following romantic spots off the beaten track:

  • McKinney is a town north of Dallas, known for its artsy vibe and beautiful historic center, blanketed with antique shops.
  • Stroll the boardwalk in Kemah on the Gulf Coast, which offers a fairground and many lovely restaurants.
  • History lovers can leave their heart in Jefferson near the Louisiana border. A town full of late 19th and early 20th century homes, it is best known for its carriage rides, most of the times including dinner.

Exciting family getaways in Texas

The Lone Star state is a prime choice for children and family trips. There are plenty of places where you and your family can waste the day away. Some of the big amusement parks include:

  • Six Flags in Arlington
  • Fiesta Texas in San Antonio
  • Sea World in San Antonio

On a hot day, nothing beats heading to one of Texas’ rivers to go tubing or rafting:

  • The Comal river in San Marcos is the shortest river in the state, but certainly not short of fun. Even the younger children can enjoy it.
  • For the bigger kids rafting down the Rio Grande is the adventure of a lifetime. Combine it with camping in Big Bend National Park for an experience they will remember for a long time.
  • Waterparks are abundantly available as well, for example in Galveston and New Braunfels.

Beach time in Galveston

Beach time in Galveston

For a variety of activities Texas Hill Country again is hard to beat. Camping grounds, resorts, biking through the greens, awesome cities, scenic road trips and hiking trails are just some of the plethora of daily getaways on offer.

Finding a good spot for staying the night on family getaways in Texas should not pose a problem. Any budget is catered to, as you can take advantage of cheap campgrounds in the State Parks, book an inexpensive resort holiday with entertainment included, or head to one of the more posh hotels or RV parks around the state.

One cool thing to do with your kids is stay at the Texas State Railroad RV Park, the perfect base for more train related fun like the Holiday Express train and the Pumpkin Patch. And do not forget about those cruises out of Galveston to one of the beautiful islands in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other ideas for weekend getaways in Texas

Texas is truly a year round destination. Every season has its perks, but the fall is an especially good time to plan your visit. Like elsewhere in the US, the turning of the leaves makes for a spectacular view during a road trip through Hill Country. In any case, the lack of blistering summer heat makes cabin getaways in Texas in the fall much more enticing.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Lost Maples Natural Area makes for a enjoyable drive through the colorful leaves. Well, it is not New England most of the years, but the drive is always something to remember.

Spa getaways in Texas are definitely a winter favorite. You can find many fine spas in the cities, but even more so in the countryside, for example in Marfa and around Big Bend National Park.

Not to be outdone by fall, spring season in Texas is also great. With temperatures rising, both Texans and out-of-staters are excited to leave winter behind and go explore the natural beauty that the Lone Star Star has to offer. Hikers, trekkers and climbers flock to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for some serious outdoor activity. Others head to the coast, like the relatively unknown Port Isabel, for sunshine and gentle spring winds.

The best part of it all is that Texas caters to all budgets. Cheap getaways in Texas range from roaming State Parks to enjoying the free beaches in the South. Enjoy your time there! Do not forget to check out our tips for getaways in the beautiful state of Michigan as well.

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