Texas is home to much more than the Alamo and good BBQ. The second largest state boasts everything between metropolises and mountains, football and premier shopping. Its versatility makes Texas an ideal destination for everyone. Even so, there are still more places to discover within this mega gem that deserves some attention too. Next time you’re headed to the Lone Star state, skip the popular attractions and opt for one of these lesser-known but equally wonderful destinations.
This coastal town is both charming and modern. There is no lack of sandy coastlines here with the community located just off the Gulf of Mexico. Expect mild temperatures all year round, perfect for fishing, kite surfing and exploring the National Seashore of Padre Island. Food options are plentiful too. The town’s access to the sea ensures the freshest seafood. At the end of the day, wind down at Emerald Beach Hotel. This water-front property is ideal for those evening walks on the beach or watching the sunrise—a perfect winter escape.
Get the big town feel without the big time rush and crowds. Just a quick drive from downtown Dallas/Fort Worth, Irving is a perfect midpoint between metropolis and the burbs. The area is home to a rich history and several Fortune 500 companies. Its close proximity to the city promises you’ll never miss a beat. Indulge in the shopping, nightlife and eateries. Choose between a variety of Irving’s unique neighborhoods, like Las Colinas where you can stay in style at the Four Seasons Hotel Dallas.
Small town suburbia isn’t the only way to describe the community of Grand Prairie. This quaint town may be small, but the same can’t be said about its character and charm. Experience a variety of attractions year-round like Lynn Creek Park where you can access Joe Pool Lake. Grand Prairie is also home to hand full of top-ranked golf courses where you can practice your swing to your heart’s content. To complete your small town adventure, book Our Sea Side Room. It’s conveniently located and has everything you need for a delightful getaway.
El Paso is where Americana meets the Mexican heritage. This city, farther west than it’s big city counterparts is known for it’s distinct culture. Here you’ll likely find restaurants serving up Mexican food and Texan barbecue alongside eachother. For outdoor activities, El Paso is home to some scenic hiking. There are no snow-covered peaks here. Instead, you’ll find trails of all levels at the Franklin Mountains State Park or try your hand at rock climbing in Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. Rest your head downtown at Hotel Indigo where the colorful and modern interior will continue to remind you of the city’s vibrant culture.
Laredo, surrounded by diverse natural landscapes, is a small town steeped in history. Spend your time visiting museums and shopping local handicrafts along San Bernardo Avenue. What’s more, Laredo is home to four of the top Mexican restaurants in Texas. To avoid breaking bank after all the shopping and eating, book a room at La Quinta Inn and Suites.
Photo by Steve Rainwater.