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


Explore Natural Beauty in Kerrville

Known for the it’s natural scenic beauty, Kerrville thrives in every season, but it shines the brightest in the summer. With a variety of attractions and things to do that cater to an array of ages and tastes, no one will be saying “I’m bored.”


Houston, A New Way to HOU

As America’s fourth largest city, Houston offers a range of world-class entertainment, dining, arts, hotels, shopping, green space, and nightlife.


Get Inspired at Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium, located in Corpus Christi, is the largest aquarium in the Lone Star State. Guests enjoy immersive exhibits featuring more than 400 species and other unique experiences.

Panhandle Plains & Piney Woods


Take a Road Trip to Lubbock

As we begin to ease our way back into the airports and daydream about where our return to travel will take us, consider planning beginning with a road trip across the Lonestar State to Lubbock, Texas this fall.


Stroll the Scenic Streets of Waxahachie

Tucked away just a stone’s throw from the Dallas Metroplex, Waxahachie is a vibrant, authentic small town chockfull of charming historic homes and buildings, and scenic city streets to stroll. In the peak of summer, the streets are lined with hundreds of beautiful pink crape myrtles in full bloom, celebrated by the Crape


Feel Right at Home in Denison

There has never been a better time to getaway. Drive just one hour north of Dallas and you will find your weekend destination. Denison, TX is the quintessential small town where you will feel right at home.

Surrounding States


Recharge Outdoors in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Moving into the early summer, everyone is craving a refreshing surge of energy by spending time in the great outdoors and soaking in a healthy amount of sunshine. The Lake Charles area is lush with outdoor offerings and natural habitats found along the Creole Nature Trail All-American


Express Yourself Outdoors in Chickasaw Country

Nestled in south-central Oklahoma, Chickasaw Country awaits with its endless outdoor destinations perfect for diving into your next journey. More than 7,500 square miles of crystal-clear lakes, awe-inspiring vistas and untouched woodlands offer endless opportunities for enjoying a true Oklahoma outdoor getaway.Stretch your legs and go for a hike along


Find Your Perfect Beach in South Walton, Florida

With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique coastal neighborhoods, each with its own charm and personality, South Walton offers endless opportunities for visitors to find their perfect beach.Are you daydreaming about the next time you can sink your toes into the sugar-white sand? We are, too.