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Unexpected Spring Destinations in El Paso, Grapevine, and more.

There are more ways than one to celebrate the arrival of spring. And also more places to consider going for a spring break. Consider something unexpected with these spring-ready Texas cities:

El Paso

The mountain peaked horizon and vast plains are the perfect backdrop for several spring festivals that take place in El Paso. So, if the classically Texan landscape doesn’t draw you in, let the various events do the trick. Consider planning your visit Memorial Day weekend when the Neon Desert Music Festival commences. This annual event draws nearly 60,000 visitors between its two-day line-up of popular headliners. Be at the center of the larger than life celebration by staying at Hotel Indigo. Through your window you can watch all the festivities as the setting sun casts an alluring glow on El Paso.

Grand Prairie

Spring beckons the arrival of outdoor activities, festivals, and concerts, and Grand Prairie is no stranger to any of them. This charming suburb of greater Dallas may be small, but it packs a mighty variety for travelers seeking all kinds of enjoyment. From luxury golf courses to rugged hikes and premium shopping to local swap meets, Grand Prairie offers them all. In the spring, keep a look out for the events that take place in Traders Village. Keep your visit on an intimate level by reserving a room at the locally owned Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast where you can savor spring with southern-like charm.

Corpus Christie

This predominantly military town—as it’s popularly known—is more than just the home to a naval air station. Corpus Christie is a coastal town with a burgeoning urban center. Find a large choice of springtime activities to satisfy all members of your travel party. For some seaside fun, hit the beach! Corpus Christi sits along the Gulf of Mexico, after all, and the warm waters are the perfect remedy for that long winter. Stay close to the bay area where you’ll be steps away from it all.


Landlocked Plano might be overshadowed by its metropolis neighbor, Dallas/Fort Worth, but this little town has a lot to offer. Find a variety of outdoor activities to fill up your spring itinerary from golf to hiking to archery. If you’re seeking a little more adventure, look no further than zip-lining and Tarzan-swinging through Plano’s tree tops. You should also consider booking a cozy vacation rental where you can live and feel like a “Plano” local.


Immediately in the center of Dallas and Fort Worth is the charming city of Grapevine. This historically rich destination offers copious entertainment and attractions for visitors of all variety. Visit Main Street District to witness the city’s charm. Eccentric shops, restored architecture, and unique dining make up this picturesque area. Surfing, flyboarding, and sailing are on the opposite end of the city’s offerings. Stay at NYLO Dallas Las Colinas if industrial luxury is your style. The exposed cement walls and luxury decor will leave you feeling sophisticated.


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Although I may not be the best photographer, I believe as a writer I can equally capture the ugly, the beautiful, and the sublime. I'm a recent English graduate, a regular contributor to a local Florida magazine and a member of Lonely Planet Pathfinders. On the side, I craft creative fiction inspired by my singular experiences as a traveler, focusing on the human condition. The world is full of amazing people, places, and things, after all. Most importantly, I value cultural relativism. Without it, life experiences would not be the same.

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