Destination guide

Stylish cities and family fun in Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas, and this super-sized state is packed with vacation possibilities, from city breaks in glamorous Dallas or hipster-hangout Austin, to family fun in Houston, with its space center and museums. Many Texas vacation rentals can also be found on the coast, where you'll enjoy long sandy beaches and the warm clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is also full of friendly small towns just off the beaten track, such as Marfa, famous for its lively contemporary arts scene, and the traditionally Texan town of Amarillo which is full of ranches and cowboy-themed attractions.

Things to do

Blast off in Houston, Texas

Houston is at the heart of the space industry, and Space Center Houston lets you get up close to spaceships that have returned from missions. This includes the command module from Apollo 11, the first moon landing, and a full-size replica of Space Shuttle Independence where you can take a tour and see how astronauts lived. Take a tram ride of Rocket Park, and try Mission Mars, a simulation of what a trip to Mars might be like. Before returning to your Texas vacation rental, book a show at the Burke Baker Planetarium and learn more about deepest space.


Go on wild adventures in Texas

In Texas, you can explore the wild without leaving the city. Houston Zoo is full of exotic animals from around the world, and as you wander round the trails you'll spot playful monkeys, friendly giraffes and prowling tigers. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a great place to learn about creatures of the past, with exhibits of dinosaur bones and dioramas showing how nature evolved. At the heart of the museum, there's a 3-storey glass conservatory, with a tropical rainforest including exotic plants and waterfalls, and rare species of butterflies fluttering around your head.


Texas – the state with multiple climates

Different areas of Texas have differing climates, although most of the state is warm and sunny most of the year. East Texas and most of the major cities have high humidity during the summer, with temperatures often hitting the mid-90s. It's a little cooler and more comfortable by the coast, which is why it's popular for Texas vacation rentals, while the western part of Texas is dry and arid. Spring and fall are sunny without being too hot, while most winters are short and mild. Hurricanes occasionally hit Texas, with August and September the most likely for storms.

Natural features

Desert, mountains and more in Texas

Big Bend National Park is the largest park in the state, combining vast areas of desert with rocky mountain landscapes. There are 200 miles of hiking trails through rocky terrain, as well as paved trails popular with cyclists and horseback riders. Explore the red-rock Caprock Canyons, which are covered in desert plants during the spring and summer, and there's a large lake for boating or cooling off after a hike. Along the Gulf of Mexico, Texas has long sandy beaches, with popular vacation spots including South Padre Island, where you'll see dolphins and sea turtles frolicking in the water.

Where to stay around Texas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 23,712 vacation rentals near Texas. From 1,744 Cabins to 11,920 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Texas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Texas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Texas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Galveston: 2,649 vacation rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,956 vacation rentals
  • Austin: 3,303 vacation rentals
  • Port Aransas: 2,236 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,024 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Texas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Texas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Texas:

  • Galveston: 2,649 rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,956 rentals
  • Austin: 3,303 rentals
  • Port Aransas: 2,236 rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,024 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Texas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Texas are:

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 1,341 vacation rentals
  • Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County): 1,169 vacation rentals
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): 1,358 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Texas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Texas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Austin: 3,007 rentals
  • Galveston Seawall: 2,423 rentals
  • The River Walk: 728 rentals
  • Garner State Park: 229 rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,532 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Texas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Texas

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