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Destination guide

Family fun at vacation home rentals 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.

History

Heritage sites near vacation rentals in Texas

Texas has a rich array of historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals can be found near fascinating heritage locations like the Alamo, a legendary fort and monument to the state’s history with a museum, artifacts, gardens, and other attractions, and Texas Capitol, a massive granite and marble structure with a large rotunda and dome and the House and Senate chambers. You'll also like San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a vast park with colonial missions, a visitor center, and trails on 18th-century grounds.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near vacation rentals in 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.

Activities

Things to do near vacation homes 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.

Weather

Local weather in vacation homes in Texas

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.

Food and drink

Must-try cuisine in Texas

Texas cuisine is influenced by a wide range of cultures, including Cajun, Mexican, Native American, Asian, Southern, and German. Tex-Mex is one of the most common styles You'll find, which combines the traditions of Northern Mexico with techniques of European Texans. Dishes associated with Tex-Mex include guacamole, chile con queso, tortilla soup, nachos, tacos, and fajitas, all of which can be found in plenty of restaurants near your vacation accommodation.

Can I find a vacation rental around Texas?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 24,282 vacation rentals near Texas. From 1,783 Cabins to 11,778 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: 2,615 vacation rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,917 vacation rentals
  • Austin: 3,399 vacation rentals
  • Port Aransas: 2,470 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,132 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: 2,615 rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,917 rentals
  • Austin: 3,399 rentals
  • Port Aransas: 2,470 rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,132 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): 1,554 vacation rentals
  • Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County): 1,290 vacation rentals
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): 1,562 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:

  • Galveston Seawall: 2,381 rentals
  • The River Walk: 738 rentals
  • Garner State Park: 242 rentals
  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: 1,527 rentals
  • Caddo Lake State Park: 25 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

Galveston
2,615 vacation rentals
South Padre Island
1,917 vacation rentals
Austin
3,399 vacation rentals
Port Aransas
2,470 vacation rentals
San Antonio
2,132 vacation rentals
New Braunfels
1,368 vacation rentals
Fredericksburg
1,071 vacation rentals
Corpus Christi
2,579 vacation rentals
Dallas
1,683 vacation rentals
Houston
1,865 vacation rentals
Surfside Beach
335 vacation rentals
Rockport
795 vacation rentals
Canyon Lake
839 vacation rentals
Waco
205 vacation rentals
Concan
207 vacation rentals
Wimberley
942 vacation rentals
Fort Worth
617 vacation rentals
Bryan
313 vacation rentals
San Marcos
658 vacation rentals
Port Bolivar
1,578 vacation rentals