Texas two step (or three)

Texas is big. Like BIG BIG right? Maybe you want to visit the Friendship State but .. where to start? With so many fun cities and landscapes to explore it can be overwhelming [but totally doable].

My family and I recently spent several weeks in Texas (that’s our camper next to a Texas cattle field in the photo above), so I have lots to share. We live in our camper full time, so it makes it easy for us to explore and dig deep into each domestic destination we choose. Now I wouldn’t call myself a Texas expert, but as a travel agent I feel confident that I’ve soaked up a good amount to help my clients have a great first visit. (Photos below for proof). 

Find what Texas city is right for you:

Below is a list I’ve curated of some of the more popular Texas destinations. Take a read through and see which one (or two or three) suits you.

For the water lovers:

  • Galveston, TX – this town gets first pick from me because it’s a cruise port town! If you’re embarking from Galveston for your next cruise, be sure to get in a day early and see some sights like the Historic Pleasure Pier and grab dinner on The Strand. There’s plenty to keep you occupied while you wait for you ship to sail. My top three cruise liners embark from this location : Princess, Disney, and Royal Caribbean! 
  • Surfside, TX  – if you’re looking for a quick and quiet getaway, I recommend this little beach town just south of Galveston. While it’s quite busy in the summer, the shoulder seasons allow for more choice of beachfront rentals. 
  • South Padre Island, TX – this island is popular among Texas natives and for good reason. It has clean waters, jet skiing and dinner cruises, great fishing, and a highlight is their eco-tourism. You can also catch a Space X launch while you’re there too.

For the party people:

  • Houston, TX – there is so much to see and do in Houston, it’s a huge city. If you love the hustle and bustle you’ll find it here. There is a large museum district that includes a Children’s museum, Holocaust museum, and Contemporary arts museum. Check out Houston’s underground tunnel system, or take an EADO food tour with the besties. Of course there are plenty of eateries and bars to peruse as well. 
  • Austin, TX – It’s weird and we love it! It’s the state capital and honestly, it just didn’t feel like it last time we rolled through. There’s so much music, entertainment and boutique shops. You can take a bike tour in the morning, hit Barton Springs Pool downtown in the afternoon, then catch an Austin Music Crawl in the evening!  
  • San Antonio, TX – the home of the Alamo. I didn’t realize how close the Alamo was to downtown. We had fun on the Riverwalk and enjoyed the stroll (ice cream in hand) over to the Alamo itself. What an amazing piece of history that has been preserved! When you’re there, go eat at  Boudro’s and get the made-at-table guacamole … you won’t regret it. I also recommend taking a ride on one of the canal boats and seeing Natural Bridge Caverns! Your best bet is the Go City Pass, which you can purchase here. Don’t forget to catch a rodeo!!! 

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