10 Best Weekend Trips In Texas, USA

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Sin Yee
Sin Yee 
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Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two, a family trip, or even a solo holiday, Texas has it all. Famed as the second-largest state in the USA, this southern destination is enormous. There are so many things to do, tons of different places you can visit, and lots of adventures you can go on - the choices are endless. If you do not know where to start, you have to read this article because it will introduce you to some of the best weekend trips in Texas, USA that you can embark on.

1. El Paso

El Paso, TX
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A two-hour flight from Dallas will bring you to El Paso, a border city situated in the westernmost part of Texas. Aside from it being a US-Mexico crossing point, El Paso has a lot to offer, especially with its rich cultural heritage and amazing art scenes. The most recognised landmark of this place is definitely Plaza Theatre. This building was built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style during the 1930s, and it is now one of the most sought-after performance venues. If you are into wildlife adventures, El Paso is also home to several natural wonders such as Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site and Franklin Mountains State Park. Go for a hike and explore the vast landscapes of this city.

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2. San Angelo

City Hall, San Angelo, TX
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San Angelo is only a one-hour flight from Dallas and is one of the best locations for a weekend trip because there’s so much to explore within the city. The art scene is bustling and really lovely. Have kids with you? Bring them to Chicken Farm Art Center on the first Saturday of every month. They are going to love the food, live music, and activities specially curated for them. The adults can also admire artworks by local artists that feature a lot of pottery, woodwork, and metalwork. If that isn’t enough for the artsy ones out there, visit San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, situated across the Concho River. Indulge in the works that are exhibited in this award-winning museum. Also, remember to go up to the rooftop to enjoy beautiful views of the city.

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3. Galveston

Pleasure Pier in Galveston Texas Blue Hour HDR
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Galveston, a one-hour flight from Dallas, is an island located right on the Gulf of Mexico. That means you are going to spend a lot of time on the beach! There are seven beaches here, so pick your favourite one and enjoy a great weekend by the water. If you are looking for something more, you can also spend time at Galveston’s Seawall. Originally built to prevent possible hurricanes, it is now home to lots of beachfront restaurants, hotels, and local retailers. The seawall faces the beach, so it is a great idea for you to just relax, take a stroll, and enjoy a stunning view of the sunset.

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4. Salado

Twelve Oaks, Salado, Texas (19 November 2008)
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Salado is a quaint little village with a population of less than 2,500. It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive away from Dallas. If you are looking for a laidback and relaxing weekend vacation, this destination is the perfect one for you. Culture plays a huge role in this village, so you should expect lots of unique, eclectic shops owned by locals featuring clothing, accessories, and home goods that you won’t find elsewhere. Take a walk down Main Street and you will pass by the Sculpture Garden where you can see sculptures by both local and regional artists. Up for some wine tasting? Give Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller a visit! They have a collection of wines that are made from Texas-grown grapes. You’ll be tasting some of the best local wines around. Remember to pair them with some cheese and crackers for a complete experience.

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5. Houston

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Houston has the largest population in the state of Texas. An hour’s flight from Dallas will bring you to one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the United States. Since it is so huge and populated, there is so much to do! Johnson Space Center is an attraction not to be missed. Also known as NASA Space Center, this is the exact place where astronaut training is conducted. They feature an array of artefacts with exciting stories told by real astronauts about their expeditions to space. The Museum of Fine Arts is also one attraction unique to Houston. 1.25 million guests visit the museum annually just to take a look at their stunning collection of rare artworks. A trip to this city is definitely a compulsory one if you ever step foot in Texas.

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6. San Marcos

Prime Outlets San Marcos Texas Nima
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San Marcos, a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Dallas, is the best getaway location for those who are up for some retail therapy because it is home to the largest outlet centre in the United States. San Marco Premium Outlets houses brands ranging from fashion to beauty. The best thing about this place is that you’ll be able to find anything you’re looking for at affordable prices! But this city isn’t just about shopping. When you are here, visit the downtown area to explore its vibrant culture. There are four breweries and brewpubs here, so it is also a good idea to enjoy a night out.

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7. San Antonio

Mission San Jose San Antonio Texas
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San Antonio, a one-hour flight from Dallas, is one of the most important cities in the state of Texas. The city used to be a Spanish mission and colonial outpost back in the 1700s. They have really preserved their rich colonial heritage, and it is one of the many reasons why this city so appealing. The fastest way to get to know and understand the place is to take a stroll down River Walk, also known as Paseo del Rio. Although it is 24 kilometres (14.9 miles) long, you don’t have to walk all the way - just enough for you to take in the rich culture of the city. When you are in San Antonio, you have to visit Alamo Mission, a World Heritage Site founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries.

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8. Rockport

Rockport, Texas looking toward Aransas Pass - panoramio
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Rockport is a coastal town, a seven-hour drive away from Dallas. Famed for its quaint beaches and panoramic sunset views, this is definitely a great location for a relaxing weekend vacation far from the city life. Take in a breath of ocean air at Rockport Beach, a certified “Blue Wave Beach”. Expect a clean, vibrant, and beautiful beach right by the coast, with lots of amenities and water sports for you to enjoy.

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9. Marfa

Prada Marfa
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Marfa is only an hour’s flight from Dallas, but it is a completely different world altogether. A small, desert city with a population census of about 2,000 people, this place is filled with amazing landscapes and is also a mecca for those who are into minimalist art. This goes all the way back to the 1970s when late American artist Donald Judd purchased a space in Marfa and founded Chinati Foundation, a place where he managed to create huge art installations that are based on his own ideas. Visit Chinati Foundation to explore some famous pieces of contemporary art installations by Donald Judd himself, as well as beautiful works from artists all around the world.

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10. South Padre Island

Port Isabel, South Padre Island, Texas
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South Padre Island is a one-and-a-half-hour flight from Dallas, and it is the perfect vacation location for those who just want to chill, relax, and indulge in some wonderful beach vibes. But did you know that there are other places to explore within the island aside from the beautiful beaches? You can go for a short hike at Laguna Madre Nature Trail and explore the wilderness for a bit. Also, visit Isla Blanca Park, a really picturesque white beach that features a lot of cafes, restaurants, a full-service marina, and even a waterpark!

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Things are always bigger in Texas

Texas is huge, and there are so many places that you can explore here. You definitely can’t fit everything in just a day or two, but remind yourself that it’s okay to take a quick break away from your usual life and go on an adventure to see the different towns and cities. Since there are so many locations for you to choose from, rest assured that there is definitely something in this state for everyone!

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Sin Yee is a small-business owner, freelance writer, and content creator. At Basic Theory, she specializes in crafting all-natural, synthetic-free skin and body care products. Beyond her business,...Read more

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