The Ultimate Texan Summer Travel Guide

Get planning. Find inspiration for what’s to come with these nearby favorites.

The memories to be made and adventures to be had all across Texas and just beyond state lines are endless—and while traveling is more challenging now than ever, that won’t stop us from planning for the future. From bustling urban hubs and quaint towns teeming with rich history to Southwestern gems where scenic landscapes, outdoor adventures, and culture collide, let this guide transport you while at home or help you prep for your next adventure.

In Texas, ignite your love of adventure exploring the Texas Hill Country or Gulf Coast. Meet at the intersection of culinary and cultural arts in Houston, where restaurants run the gamut from hole-in-the-wall favorites to fine dining. Stroll historic streets in Waxahachie. Explore the unexpected at any of Texas’ captivating and spellbinding history and art museums like Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum or the Art Museum of South Texas or the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, featuring the works of Texas artists and more.

If you’re venturing beyond state lines, delight your family on a ride they won’t soon forget with Cumbres & Toltec’s historic train rides. Hit the road and discover New Mexico, where steep mountain peaks, vibrant landscapes, rich cultures, and more dot must-visit towns like Gallup, Taos, and Carlsbad. More adventure awaits in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

As Texans, it is in our nature to explore and experience our wide-open surroundings. During these unprecedented times of change, our relationship with travel is changing, too, even if temporarily—but we should never stop exploring. While we continue to stay home, we are expanding our ideas of travel by learning, discovering, and making plans for what’s to come. Whether from a laptop planning a family vacation to New Mexico or huddled over a map, crafting the perfect route for a Texas road trip, find inspiration for what’s next with these remarkable destinations.

*COVID 2020 Update—Make sure to check local and state restrictions before planning your next vacation and please follow any and all safety precautions recommended.

Prairies & Lakes (North Texas)

Hill Country & The Gulf Coast


Enjoy a Scenic Drive to Fredericksburg

A Texas road trip isn’t complete without spending a few days in Fredericksburg. Centrally located just an hour outside of Austin and San Antonio, the town is an easy scenic drive from just about anywhere in the state.A great destination for the entire family, the Texas Hill Country has plenty

Panhandle Plains & Piney Woods

Surrounding States

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