The Ultimate Texan Winter Travel Guide

Get planning. Find inspiration for the holiday season 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 with temperatures coming down and festive decorations going up, it’s the most wonderful time of year to get outside—and into the holiday spirit. From bustling urban hubs and quaint towns teeming with rich history to scenic landscapes where nature and outdoor adventures abound, let this guide help you plan your next trip.

Texas offers a plethora of holiday and seasonal vacation spots. Enjoy the small town Germanic Christmas traditions of New Braunfels, like the Cowboy Cringle or Weihnachtsmarkt, where the Sophienburg Museum and Archives hosts a themed Christmas market. Feeling crafty? Travel on up the road to Waco, where Chip and Joanna’s Silos serve up freshly baked cupcakes and other delectable treats while you sip on Common Grounds coffee. For those wanting to explore the vistas that the state has to offer, look no further than the grand Big Bend State Park. Its rocky landscape poses a challenge while also providing a grand view of the beautiful Texas countryside.

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. 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 for the holidays 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.

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