Feb 4, 2013

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No Shortage of Options for Weekend Trips in Texas

When you travel, do you like to immerse yourself in nature? Travel back in time by visiting historic sites? Soak up local color and interact with the locals? Sit in the lap of luxury with top hotels and award winning cuisine? Or do you like to do it all? With weekend getaways in Texas, you can! In a state as large and diverse as Texas you can find just about anything you want to do in one of the seven regions of the state.

If you want your weekend getaways in Texas filled with outdoor adventure and natural beauty, head to the Big Bend region, where you can visit Guadalupe National Park, a beautiful natural treasure the size of Rhode Island. Big Bend is perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, photography, and bird watching. For more outdoor fun, you could also visit the Panhandle. Filled with wide open spaces, and the big Texas sky, the Panhandle offers some of the finest views in the country. Palo Duro Canyon, just outside of Amarillo, is a breathtaking natural wonder where you can hike, camp, go horseback riding, or even take in the outdoor drama Texas!, the official state musical. For a completely different, but no less exciting, outdoor experience, try the Piney Woods in East Texas with its twelve state parks and four natural forests. Canoe through the lush wetlands or visit any of the historic sites in Kilgore, Longview, Jefferson, or Alto.

If you want your nature on the sandy side, consider a trip to the Gulf Coast area, where you can enjoy the surf of the Gulf Coast. Families will enjoy the fun and amenities in Galveston, and from there it’s just a short trip to Houston where you can visit NASA and some world-class museums. You could also visit North Padre National Sea Shore, the biggest undeveloped barrier-island beach anywhere in the world.

Looking for a little more cosmopolitan fun? Then head to the Prairies and Lakes region, home to Dallas, one of the state’s most sophisticated urban centers. There you can enjoy world-class shopping and restaurants, take in award-winning theatres and restaurants, and, of course, visit the famous Sixth Floor Museum, chronicling Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in 1963. From there, it’s just a quick jaunt over to Fort Worth, where the west begins! Tour the historic stockyards and get a taste of what Texas was like during the cattle boom of the 1800’s. And while you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy and authentic rodeo and do some line dancing at Billy Bob’s, the world’s largest honkytonk.

For weekend getaways in Texas filled with sophistication and the charm of rural life, head to the Hill Country. Known for its lush carpets of wildflowers and its award-winning wineries, the Hill Country is the perfect place for a romantic getaway for two. You could also visit Austin, the live music capital of the world, as well as the capital of Texas itself.

The South Texas Plains offers weekend getaways in Texas full of fun and history. Visit San Antonio, where you can tour the Alamo, Texas’ most famous landmark, or visit any of the other beautiful Spanish missions in the area. Soak up some authentic Mexican culture and enjoy the nightlife on the Riverwalk.

No matter what your preference, there is no lack of things to do during weekend getaways in Texas. In fact, you might have to take a trip every weekend just to experience everything the state has to offer!

The Woodlands is located just 30 miles north of Houston and features a wide choice of accommodations and over 460 shops, ranging from major department stores to specialty boutiques. With dozens of monthly events, fun for the whole family, and great activities for a romantic getaway, The Woodlands is a perfect option for your weekend getaways in Texas. To start planning your trip or request your free visitor’s guide, visit The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.thewoodlandscvb.com.

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