Texas is home to some of the American South's most beautiful natural wonders, including Enchanted Rock State Park and Palo Duro Canyon, nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of Texas" for its multicolored rock walls. The lovely state's major cities make for great weekend getaways, whether you're looking to explore Austin's hip neighborhoods, San Antonio's Spanish missions and theme parks, or Houston's lovely art museums. These suggestions will help travelers looking to plan romantic Texas getaways on a budget, ranging from affordable hotels to day trip destinations without entrance fees or overnight camping charges.
1.Hotel Galvez and Spa
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Hotel Galvez and Spa has been a Galveston landmark for more than a century, renowned as one of the city's top beachfront hotel destinations. The hotel is the only historic beachfront hotel to receive an AAA Four-Diamond rating on the Texas Gulf Coast, located just across the street from the city's stunning Gulf of Mexico beachfront. Warmly-decorated guest rooms and suites showcase city or beach views from all rooms, showcasing upscale amenities like iPod docks, rainfall showerheads, flat screen televisions, and minifridges. Luxurious onsite amenities include a full-service spa, an exercise room, and use of loaner bikes for exploring the city's downtown attractions. The hotel's award-winning Sunday brunches have been named as one of the United States' 100 best brunch destinations, serving up delectable coastal cuisine. Unique hotel amenities include weekly guided history tours, free audio tours, and monthly ghost tour dinner events.
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Phone: 409-765-7721
2.Austin City Hotel
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Austin City Hotel is a charming budget hotel located within easy driving distance of downtown Austin's best attractions, offering modern conveniences and luxury amenities for a fraction of the price of many of the city's more upscale resorts. The hotel's lovely guest rooms and suites showcase modern decor and state-of-the-art amenities like flat screen televisions, coffee makers, and private en suite workstations. Upgraded rooms offer luxurious spa tubs, while executive floor rooms provide access to exclusive guest areas. All guests can make use of the hotel's fitness center, outdoor pool, and beautiful courtyard hot tub, which is surrounded by lush landscaping featuring a beautiful waterfall. The hotel's onsite Opal Divine's Austin Grill serves up delicious all-natural American tavern fare complemented by a selection of craft beers and whiskeys.
2200 S I H, 35, Austin, TX 78704, Phone: 512-444-0561
3.Berry Springs Park and Preserve
Berry Springs Park and Preserve is a charming public park in Williamson County, located just a short drive from the city of Georgetown on preserved farmlands on the banks of Berry Springs. The park, which is surrounded by beautiful Berry and Dry Berry Creeks, is a popular freshwater fishing spot that has been voted as Georgetown's best-kept secret by local residents. Scenic pecan and oak trees provide shelter from the heat for those looking to enjoy picnics or play pick-up sports games on the park's shady field greens. A 2.5-mile hiking and biking trail connects to the city's broader Parks and Recreation trail system. Equestrian trails are also offered, along with day-use picnic pavilions featuring barbecue grills. Primitive and electric hookup campsites are offered throughout the park, while RV sites are offered at nearby Berry Springs RV Park.
1801 Co Rd 152, Georgetown, TX 78626, Phone: 512-930-0040
Bryan Beach is a lovely coastal village located just south of the city of Freeport within Texas' Brazoria County, named in honor of 19th-century area pioneer James Perry Bryan. The village stretches along Texas' gorgeous Gulf of Mexico coastline and is home to the spectacular Bryan Beach State Recreation Area, which was opened to the public in 1973 and protects 878 acres of natural sand dune habitat. Visitors can explore the lovely recreation area and see native animals like grasshopper mice, opossums, gophers, and rice rats in their natural habitat. Shorebirds and migratory birds flock to beautiful Bryan Beach, which is a popular area spot for sunbathing, swimming, and kite flying throughout the year.
5.Camp Creek Recreation Area
Camp Creek Recreation Area is a lovely 40-acre public recreation area located along the northern shores of Lake Travis, near the city of Marble Falls. The lovely public park is a popular spot for area anglers looking to catch white bass throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy year-round opportunities for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and boating at the lake, which offers a free public-access boat ramp for visitor use. Day-use picnic sites offer pavilions, barbecue grills, and fire pits, set underneath the shelter of a grove of beautiful pecan trees. Overnight camping is offered at several sites throughout the park, including group campsites for groups of 20 or more.
3408, 1221 Co Rd 343, Marble Falls, TX 78654, Phone: 512-473-3366
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Crockett Hotel is a charming San Antonio hotel located directly across the street from the preserved Spanish colonial Alamo Mission, one of the world's great colonial sites, noted for its role in Texas' battle for independence in the 19th century. The historic hotel dates back to 1909 and has operated as an independent business for more than a century. It was restored to its historic glory in 1982 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 138 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites are showcased throughout the hotel, home to lovely modern amenities like flat screen televisions, coffee makers, and complimentary wireless internet. Upgraded rooms offer fort views from private windows and balconies. Lovely visitor amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, the hip Ernie's Bar, and the delicious Landmark Restaurant, serving up Texas-shaped waffles and signature Southwestern dishes.
320 Bonham, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 800-292-1050
7.Davis Mountains State Park
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Davis Mountains State Park is a spacious 2,709-acre state park located within the beautiful Davis Mountain range, near the city of Fort Davis. The lovely state park was originally deeded to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the 1930s and developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, opened to the public in 1938. It is located adjacent to beautiful Fort Davis National Historic Site and makes for a great getaway destination for travelers looking to explore historic landmarks on a budget. Four miles of hiking trails are showcased throughout the park, which is also home to equestrian trails and campsites. Guests can stay at the park's lovely adobe-style Indian Lodge, constructed by the CCC, which showcases rustic guest rooms and suites.
TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734, Phone: 432-426-3337
8.Edinburg Executive Inn
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Edinburg Executive Inn is a charming one-story hotel in Edinburg that is conveniently located near top Texas attractions like the Museum of South Texas History and the University of Texas-Pan American. The lovely hotel is a great choice for visitors looking to explore attractions like the Tejano Walk of Fame or the World Birding Center, offering a travel alternative to hectic major cities like Austin and Dallas. Quaint king and queen rooms showcase amenities like cable televisions, microwaves, and complimentary wireless internet. Upgraded rooms offer two-person whirlpools, spa tubs, and private balconies. All guests can make use of the hotel's lovely outdoor pool, which showcases a brick sundeck, day-use picnic tables, and barbecue grills. Complimentary breakfast is served each morning in the hotel's lobby.
2006 S Closner Blvd, Edinburg, TX 78539, Phone: 956-380-6201
9.Emerald Beach Hotel
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Emerald Beach Hotel is a beautiful modern hotel located on stunning Corpus Christi Bay, just minutes from lovely area attractions like the Texas State Aquarium. The charming Corpus Christi resort offers 368 traditionally-decorated guest rooms and suites showcasing minimalist coastal decor and luxurious amenities like LCD flat screen televisions, pillowtop mattresses, and in-room coffee makers. Some upgraded rooms offer private balconies featuring bay views or doors with direct beach access. All guests can make use of the hotel's state-of-the-art guest amenities, including a full fitness center, an indoor pool, and a relaxing hot tub. The hotel's private beachfront stretch is home to volleyball courts and the vibrant Kokomo's Outdoor Bar, open between March and October.
1102 S Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, Phone: 361-883-5731
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10.Enchanted Rock State Park
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Enchanted Rock State Park is a lovely National Natural Landmark located approximately half an hour north of the city of Fredericksburg, protected as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark since 1971. The beautiful park protects the pink granite mountain of the same name, which is located within Texas' gorgeous Llano Uplift geographic region. Couples can explore the park's 11 miles of spectacular hiking trails throughout the year and enjoy opportunities for year-round recreation, including chances for rock climbing and stargazing. The park's mountain summit offers some of the best panoramic views of Texas Hill Country via the lovely Summit Trail. For couples looking to stay in the area on a budget, the park's designated campgrounds offer primitive and hookup campsites.
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, Phone: 830-685-3636
11.Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a stunning national park that was established to protect the most extensive preserved Permian fossil reef in the world, along with the four highest mountain peaks in the state of Texas. The lovely national park is a veritable hiker's paradise, offering more than 80 miles of gorgeous hiking trails that meander through scenic woodland canyon and riparian springs habitats. Couples can view a plethora of native flora and fauna on display throughout the park or explore its steep switchback wilderness terrain as part of day hiking experiences. Popular hiking routes include the park's Guadalupe Peak Trail, McKittrick Canyon Trail, and Bowl Trail, which showcase natural wonders like The Grotto. Tent and RV hookup campsites make the park a great choice for visitors traveling on a budget.
400 Pine Canyon, Salt Flat, TX 79847, Phone: 915-828-3251
12.Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk
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Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk is a charming modern hotel located just steps from San Antonio's gorgeous River Walk, which meanders throughout the city's downtown waterfront and provides access to many of its biggest visitor attractions. The hotel, which is located just steps from the Rivercenter Mall, offers all the amenities travelers have come to expect from the Holiday Inn brand, including upscale rooms and suites with luxurious amenities like flat screen televisions, minifridges, and iPod docking stations. Guests under 19 stay free at the hotel, making it a great choice for couples traveling with children in tow. Upgraded suites add private living space and secluded balconies, great for stretching out for extended stays. All guests can make use of the hotel's lovely amenities, including its delicious Windows on the River Restaurant and Lounge, which serves up inspired Southwestern fare.
217 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone: 210-224-2500
13.Hotel Indigo Waco
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Hotel Indigo Waco is a modern upscale hotel within Waco's lovely Warehouse District, located just minutes from top area attractions like the campus of lovely Baylor University and the beautiful Brazos Riverwalk. The charming hotel showcases sleek, wood-heavy decor throughout its common spaces and guest rooms, offering sophisticated suites that feature modern amenities like flat screen televisions, private sitting areas, and complimentary wireless internet. Locally-inspired fare is served up throughout the week at the delightful Brazos Bar and Bistro, while coffee and breakfast are offered each morning at the Austin Java Coffee Kiosk. Onsite amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and a fitness center.
211 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76706, Phone: 254-754-7000
Lake Limestone is a beautiful 13,860-acre lake located near the city of Thornton, approximately 15 minutes southeast of Groesbeck within Leon and Limestone Counties. The crystal-clear lake reaches depths of 42 feet, offering year-round recreational opportunities for visitors, including some of Texas' best opportunities for fishing throughout the year. Two private marinas are available for boater use, including Running Branch Marina and Limestone Marina. Swimming, jet skiing, and watersports are also popular on the lake's waters throughout the summer months. A plethora of camping and overnight stay options are showcased onsite on the lake's grounds, ranging from primitive campsites and RV hookups to beautiful rental cabins and cozy romantic chalets.
15.Magnolia Hotel Dallas
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Magnolia Hotel Dallas is a stunning Beaux Arts-style skyscraper hotel in Dallas' downtown district, located just blocks from top area attractions like the Dallas Convention Center and the Dallas World Aquarium. The charming hotel, which was constructed in 1922, was the United States' first high-rise hotel at its opening, showcasing iconic design elements like its Pegasus Flying Red Horse rooftop sculpture. Guests can stay in luxury in sleek rooms and suites, which showcase prime amenities like flat screen televisions, soaking tubs, coffee makers, and complimentary wireless internet. Upgraded and extended-stay rooms are available, adding kitchenettes and living rooms. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, a swanky cocktail lounge, and complimentary evening cookies and refreshments.
1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-915-6500
16.Oxford Ranch Campground
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Oxford Ranch Campground is a charming campground that is located approximately 10 minutes south of the city of Llano, just off State Highway 16. The campground is set on a working cattle ranch that is located just 15 minutes from the entrance to beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park, making it a great overnight stay option for couples traveling to the region's parks on a budget. Tent and RV hookup campsites are offered in the shade of lovely oak trees, keeping spaces cool and breezy. Hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails are offered throughout the campground, along with guest showers and bathhouses for communal use. Pets are permitted on leashes, making the campground a great choice for couples traveling with four-legged friends in tow.
11380 TX-16, Llano, TX 78643, Phone: 325-247-1639
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Padre Island is a beautiful barrier island getaway destination located just off Texas' southern Gulf of Mexico coast, best known as the home of the beautiful Padre Island National Seashore. Couples traveling to the island can explore the seashore's beautiful protected beaches, which are home to sheltered populations of endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles. The park's beaches are the world's longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island beach, stretching for over 70 miles. Lovely Grasslands Nature Trail meanders through the island's marsh-filled interior, while Padre Balli Park offers surf breaks on the island's northern end. Fishing is popular at Bob Hall Pier, which stretches into the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Other island attractions include the luxurious Waves Resort, which is home to a waterpark, gaming center, and a gourmet restaurant.
P.O. Box 181300, Corpus Christi, TX 78480, Phone: 361-949-8068
18.Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park protects the United States' second-longest canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas" for its massive size and unique geological features. The lovely canyon system, which is located within the Texas Panhandle's Caprock Escarpment near the cities of Canyon and Amarillo, stretches for more than 120 miles and reaches a maximum width of 20 miles at its widest points. Its stunning multicolored rock layers are similar to the rock layers of the Grand Canyon, making for amazing nature photography opportunities. Each summer, the park presents the annual outdoor musical drama Texas, dedicated to the state's history and culture. Couples looking to explore the park on a budget can stay at their choice of electric hookup, equestrian, or backcountry campsites or rent one of the park's lovely canyon rim or floor cabins.
11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, Phone: 806-488-2227
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19.Red Roof Inn Houston - Westchase
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Red Roof Inn Houston – Westchase is a charming low-key budget hotel located near top Houston-area attractions like Terry Hershey Park, just minutes from the famed Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The delightful hotel provides easy access to some of Houston's top area attractions, including Space Center Houston and the city's lively Museum District. Chic, modern guest rooms and suites showcase simple amenities, including flat screen cable televisions, private workstation desks, microwaves, minifridges, and coffee makers. All children ages 17 and under stay free with adult reservations, making the hotel a great choice for couples traveling with children in tow. Complimentary coffee and tea are offered daily in the hotel's lobby. Onsite amenities include an outdoor pool, a conference room, and pet-friendly rooms.
2960 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77042, Phone: 713-785-9909
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20.Spring Creek Park
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Spring Creek Park is a beautiful 114-acre park in the city of Tomball, offering a plethora of opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout the year. The beautiful park is home to many sporting courts for visitor use, including lighted softball, basketball, and tennis courts. Sand volleyball courts are also offered, along with an archery range and a network of hiking trails. Day-use picnic sites feature barbecue grills and covered pavilions for group use. Visitors can also fish at Spring Creek, make use of children's playgrounds, or lounge on grassy lawn areas. Overnight tent and RV hookup campsites are available for groups and individuals, offering restrooms, showers, and fire rings.
15012 Brown Rd, Tomball, TX 77377, Phone: 281-353-8100
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21.The Stockyards Hotel
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The Stockyards Hotel is a gorgeous historic hotel located within Fort Worth's beautiful National Historic Stockyards District, located just minutes from attractions like the city's Stockyard Station shopping district. The beautiful National Register of Historic Places-listed hotel, constructed in 1907, showcases Old West-style guest rooms and suites, including a suite famously once occupied by notorious outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde. All rooms offer posh amenities, including flat screen televisions, coffee makers, and complimentary wireless internet. Room choices range from junior suites to standard king rooms, showcasing indigenous, Western, and Victorian design themes. The hotel's onsite restaurant has been named as one of the Fort Worth area's best steakhouses, serving up delicious land and sea fare in a comfortably upscale dining environment.
109 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164, Phone: 800-423-8471
22.The Suites at Sunchase
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The Suites at Sunchase is a beautiful all-suite hotel on South Padre Island, located just minutes from delightful area attractions like Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. Couples can stay in their choice of 87 gorgeous guest rooms and suites, which all offer stunning views of nearby Laguna Madre Bay. All suites offer contemporary decor and posh amenities, including flat screen cable televisions, kitchenettes, private sitting areas, and complimentary wireless internet. Some suites add wet bars for extra romantic ambiance. Onsite amenities at the hotel complex include an outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, a business center, and an onsite cafe. All guests can enjoy opportunities for organized outdoor recreation, including chances for horseback riding, miniature golf, snorkeling, and fishing.
1004 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-7711
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23.The Pearl South Padre
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The Pearl South Padre is an upscale resort just minutes from Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island, within easy walking distance of the island's gorgeous public beachfront. The high-rise hotel is known as a top getaway destination for couples traveling to the South Texas area, home to more than 250 luxurious guest rooms and suites, all of which offer private oceanfront balconies. Classy rooms and suites showcase amenities like microwaves, minifridges, coffee makers, and complimentary wireless internet. Some rooms upgrade to full kitchenettes, including extended stay condos. Onsite amenities include the casual Palapa Bar and Grill, the swim-up Beachside Bar and Grill, the full-service Sapphire Spa, and a lively weekly kids' camp for couples traveling with children in tow.
310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, Phone: 956-761-6551
24.Walling Bend Park
Walling Bend Park is a charming regional park in Clifton, overseen by the Corps of Engineers and patrolled by the city's Sheriff's Department. The lovely park is set on the banks of picturesque Whitney Lake, open to the public for free throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing throughout the year and can make use of two public-access boat ramps for loading and unloading watercraft for free. 10 delightful campsites are offered for free for overnight stay, making the park a great destination for weekend trippers looking to get away on a budget. Campsite amenities include fire pits, day-use picnic tables, restrooms, and showers. All campsites overlook the lake's shores, making for beautiful panoramas each morning.
1082 Farm to Market 2841, Clifton, TX 76634, Phone: 254-622-3332
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- Hotel Galvez and Spa, Photo: Hotel Galvez and Spa
- Austin City Hotel, Photo: Austin City Hotel
- Berry Springs Park and Preserve, Photo: achkin/stock.adobe.com
- Bryan Beach, Photo: st_matty/stock.adobe.com
- Camp Creek Recreation Area, Photo: ananaline/stock.adobe.com
- Crockett Hotel, Photo: Crockett Hotel
- Davis Mountains State Park, Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com
- Edinburg Executive Inn, Photo: Have a nice day/stock.adobe.com
- Emerald Beach Hotel, Photo: Emerald Beach Hotel
- Enchanted Rock State Park, Photo: luis sandoval/stock.adobe.com
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com
- Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk, Photo: Holiday Inn San Antonio Riverwalk
- Hotel Indigo Waco, Photo: Hotel Indigo Waco
- Lake Limestone, Photo: maskalin/stock.adobe.com
- Magnolia Hotel Dallas, Photo: Magnolia Hotel Dallas
- Oxford Ranch Campground, Photo: Oxford Ranch Campground
- Padre Island, Photo: philipus/stock.adobe.com
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- Red Roof Inn Houston - Westchase, Photo: Red Roof Inn Houston – Westchase
- Spring Creek Park, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- The Stockyards Hotel, Photo: The Stockyards Hotel
- The Suites at Sunchase, Photo: The Suites at Sunchase
- The Pearl South Padre, Photo: The Pearl South Padre
- Walling Bend Park, Photo: Cheyenne/stock.adobe.com
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