07 February, 2023

5 Best Spring break destinations in Texas #WriteAPageADay

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We moved to Texas just a year ago. Many said Texas is flat and not scenic. Ok, I want to prove them all wrong as I have seen some great spots so far.

So, here is a post about the best spring destinations in the Lone star state.

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Best Weekend Gateways from Austin: 

Big Bend National Park:

My travelogue about this isolated and beautiful park is here

Big Bend National Park is South-Western Texas's most underrated and isolated national park. Due to its remoteness, it is not easily accessible. But, trust me when I say, it is as beautiful as the other national parks we visited.

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

There are some great places to hike, with beautiful scenery of rivers, mountains, and canyons. The park is vast and it takes a minimum of 2 days to cover the best places. 

This is 8hrs drive from Austin. 

Accommodations near BigBend:

Corpus Christi and Port Aransas:

Here is my travelogue on Corpus Christie and Port Aransas. 

Port Aransas is a perfect Weekend Gateway for families and couples alike for a relaxing time on the beach. There are many more cool things to do other than beaches. 

Here are some beautiful beaches that we visited: Padre Island National Seashore, White cap beach, Rockport Beach, and Melquite beach.

Port Aransas

USS Lexington is a World war 2 aircraft carrier that now houses the Naval Aviation museum. This is nearer to North Beach in Corpus Christie. This is just steps away from Texas State Aquarium as well.

This is 4hrs from Austin. 

Accommodations near Port Aransas:

Palo Duro Canyon State Park:

This is on our next travel wish list. I heard a lot of good about this state park.

The rock formations are amazing and this park offers scenic views, historical sites, and miles of hiking and biking trails. This is the second-largest canyon in the USA. The canyon is 800 feet deep and covers around 30,000 acres. 

Palo Duro Canyon

There is a scenic drive that is around 16 miles long with multiple viewpoints. The Lighthouse trail is the most popular trail.

This is 7.5 hrs from Austin.

Accommodations near Palo Duro Canyon:

San Antonio:

If you want to visit a historical place, San Antonio is the best destination. San Antonio is home to the Alamo, a UNESCO world heritage site, and many historical buildings called Missions. 

The Alamo

Riverwalk is pleasant to stroll through, and a nice place to hang out, eat the best food, and shop. 

Japanese Tea Garden is a wonderful place for a family. 

If you have time, check out The Natural Bridge caverns as well.

Here is my travelogue. This is 1.5 hrs from Austin.

Accommodations near San Antonio:

Guadalupe Mountains National park:

We visited this park on the way to White Sands National Monument from Elpaso, TX. We couldn't spend much time, but an amazing place to hike. The view of the majestic mountains is unbeatable and it gives the actual feeling of how big is Texas.

This is 8 hrs from Austin. My Travelogue will be up soon.

Guadalupe Peak

Located in the Chihuahuan desert, this park is home to the four highest peaks in Texas. While you are visiting it, don't miss to check out Carlsbad Caverns which are just next door. Caves are around 20 to 30 mins away. Here is my travelogue of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Accommodations near Carlsbad:

For this year's spring break, I am looking forward to visiting Palo Duro Canyon state park. 

There are a few other places on my list that are good day trips from Austin like Pedernales State Park, Enchanted Rock State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, Inks Lake State park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Caddo Lake State Park, Caprock Canyon state park and the list just goes on..

Those would be for some other time. 

Until next time,

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