There are deserts, a pine forest and the Rio Grande, a river that forms its border with Mexico. And always remember The Alamo. The Battle of Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Mexican troops launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio, killing all of the defenders. Santa Anna’s cruelty during the battle inspired many to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, ending the revolution. In its biggest city, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts houses works by well-known Impressionist and Renaissance painters, while Space Center Houston offers interactive displays engineered by NASA. Austin, the capital, is known for its eclectic music scene and LBJ Presidential Library. The lone star signifies Texas as a former independent republic, and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. And history is not the only thing you’ll find in San Antonio...>MORE
The largest city in the state is Houston. Check Out the World-Class dining, hotels, shopping and nightlife when you visit. Gather a true Texas experience at a detailed, hands-on bootmaking class at the Republic Boot Company. Classes are held every 30 minutes, but once there, you can stay as long as you like. One spot you won’t want to miss is the Discovery Green outdoor ice skating rink. >MORE
Many people don’t know that Galveston is actually one of the best winter destinations Texas has to offer—with less crowding, milder weather, and a little more peace and quiet, you can really soak up all the natural beauty this island has to offer. Stroll along the Strand for some window shopping, take a long walk on the beach, or get your heart to skip a beat at Pleasure Pier. Don’t miss Mardi Gras, as Galveston hosts Texas’ largest celebration for this holiday!
Waco makes the list of top winter vacation ideas in Texas for a few reasons: while many flock to this Central Texas town to visit the Magnolia empire created by HGTV-famous Chip and Jo Gaines, there’s even more to the sleepy town locals call “The Heart of Texas.” After you check out Magnolia Market and Magnolia Table, consider taking a trip to Waco Mammoth National Monument to dig for fossils with little ones. Or, take a walking tour of Waco to get a peek at eateries and notable spots both inside and outside of the Fixer-Upper universe.
Dallas is a winter wonderland and an absolute must on your list of winter vacation ideas in Texas. During the colder months, you’ll want to check out the Dallas Arboretum for its holiday displays. Or, head to Gaylord Texan Resort for a whole host of snow and ice activities.
Much like South Padre Island, Corpus Christi is a great spot for a winter getaway in Texas if you want to enjoy a little peace and quiet near the ocean. Most people flock to Corpus Christi in the summer, so during the winter, you’ll largely have the beach to yourself. Build a bonfire on the sand to roast s’mores, take long walks along the beach, and if you’re feeling bold, take a dip in the chilly water! Corpus Christi is also a great destination for migratory bird watching during the winter, so don’t forget your binoculars!