As the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. From the massive metropolis’ to the expansive country side to the coast, it would take decades to explore it all. The “country” culture is real, filled with rodeos, horseback riding and BBQ. Regardless of where you visit, you can rely on a big ol’ plate of barbeque with more flavor than you’ve had in a long time.
Apart from the food, the history lives on in Texas and travelers come from near and far to experience it for themselves: from the Alamo in San Antonio to the hundreds of other missions you can find along the state, there is a lot to see in Texas. So far, our personal favorite city is Austin: the quirky, music-loving, barbeque-centric home to start ups, world-class restaurants and gorgeous hotels.
Generally speaking, accommodations in Texas are quite reasonable. Austin in particular, though, has some incredible hotels to explore. Our favorite hotels in the hotspots are:
Unless you plan on staying only in Austin, we recommend renting a car to explore the surrounding areas. Lyft and Uber are very reliable modes of transportation in the cities and for a reasonable amount of money. In Austin, we had a blast riding around on the electric scooters.
While barbecue is the main cuisine of choice, with briskets, pork and breakfast tacos, in recent years, the diverse nature of Texas’ cities have brought Vietnamese and Cajun delicacies to the forefront. In Austin, in particular, you can find an eclectic mix of cuisines at popular restaurants.
In places like Austin, you’ll find sprawling malls and adorable retail shops, which means you won’t go home empty handed. In Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, for example, you’ll find adorable vintage shops, jewelry brands like Kendra Scott and trendy clothing brands. South First Street, nearby, is a local favorite offering small boutique brands and local eateries.
Texas, overall, is fiercely independent, friendly and rooted in history. In cities like Austin, travelers will find a unique twist on the Texan way of life with “hipsters”, foodie culture and a tremendous focus on being “weird”. We loved the eclectic mix of people in Austin, all of whom were incredibly friendly and polite.
When it comes to talked-about cities in the US, it’s no surprise that Austin is usually at the top of the list. With live music every night and funky bars and restaurants on every corner, Austin makes for an epic weekend away for anyone looking for a city-escape.
As with most major cities, everything will cost money: transportation, lodging, meals, etc. When booking hotels, the majority of the rates do not include breakfast. That’s ok, though, when you realize the delicious eateries you have access to in places likes Austin (aka JoAnn’s).
Typical food & beverage costs range depending on how high-end the hotel brand is, but we typically budget $300 per day for food & alcohol. Transfers to & from the hotel to the airport range as well, but we typically budget $30-40.
The best time to visit Texas is in early spring, between late March and April. Winter's chill is gone throughout much of the state, the wildflowers are in bloom, and summer's scorching temperatures haven't arrived yet.
Check out some of our favorite Texas hotels and what we like and don’t like about each of them.
Texas is vast and there’s a lot to see and experience if you have the time. Our best advice is to pick a destination within Texas and stick to it, unless you plan on staying for a while.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, check out Austin. Austin hotels are reasonably prices and there’s so much to do. Look for hotels in the South Congress district for easy access to the city’s adventures.