Spring break is just around the corner, which means it’s time to take advantage of the best week of the season by planning a Texas-sized adventure. And even though the road trip destinations in our great state are endless, we’re here to help you narrow down the possibilities. Of course, there’s plenty to see and do in your own backyard if you’re in the market for a DFW staycation, but why not hit the road and see what the Lone Star state has to offer?
Here are our four favorite Texas destinations for spring break road trips.
Galveston is the closest beach option for land-locked Dallasites, and it generally hosts mellow crowds just looking for some sun, sand and a little relaxation. Galveston is also a tourist’s dream when it comes to shopping, dining and local color. Grab a few fun souvenirs and don’t miss the thrills on the pier—there are roller coasters, fair games, and of course, fair food. Galveston offers all the perks of a tropical getaway without the price tag. For about 4.5 hours in the car, we’ll take that deal.
If you’re looking for some South Texas fun without the traffic and crowds of Austin, San Antonio has you covered. The Alamo is always a guaranteed good time (with a little learning thrown in), and it’s located just next to the famed Riverwalk. With restaurants and shops as far as the eye can see, the Riverwalk is an absolute must when it comes to touring San Antonio. The shoppers in your group will love The Alamo Quarry Market, and everyone can find something to scream about at a Spurs game. If you’re looking to get away from the downtown crowds, visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Fiesta Texas or Sea World, all located a short drive away from the city center.
With just under a million acres of rivers, canyons and flat and mountainous terrain, Big Bend National Park is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for leisurely strolls, challenging hiking, rustic and unplugged camping or luxurious lodging, Big Bend has something for everyone. For the sporty members of your group, Big Bend has world-class fishing, backpacking, bird watching and river floating. Bring good shoes and put away your cell phone to really experience the best Texas has to offer.
San Marcos/New Braunfels
If you’re spring breaking with children in tow, there’s no better place in the Lone Star state than San Marcos. It’s home to Schlitterbahn, which is consistently voted the best water park in the country and is a popular destination for water slide gurus and water park lovers the world over. Fed from the crystal-clear and wonderfully cold Comal River, Schlitterbahn is a Texas institution. If you’re looking for a little more grown-up watery fun, grab a tube and fill a cooler with your favorite adult beverages to float the Guadalupe River. To ease yourself back into reality, visit the San Marcos Premium Outlets to score some amazing deals. Arrive home relaxed and ready to take on the world. Well, until summer arrives, at least.