Friends from other parts of the country are always boasting about going on weekend getaways to a neighboring state. Well here in Houston the only places that are within a couple of hours drive are still in Texas, and a thin sliver of Louisiana. So here are the top 10 weekend getaways that are within a 5 hours driving distance.
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San Antonio (3 Hours) - San Antonio is well known for it's tasty Tex-Mex. It also has the gorgeous river walk. It's home to a building you may have hear of called the Alamo. Definitely worth a visit. Like, Dallas, there is a six flags park, Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Palacios (1 Hour) - The Shrimp Capital of Texas. Palacios doesn't have much of a beach but the fishing is always good. I recommend visiting Outriggers for dinner. You get to see a beautiful sunset while the shrimp boats come in and enjoy the freshest shrimp.
Galveston (1 Hour) - the beaches may not be as nice as Galveston (especially with how dense the sea weed is this year) but it does have several attractions. The beaches are more private, Moody Gardens is open year round, and during the summer you can go to Schlitterbahn. There is also the recently opened Pleasure Pier with carnival rides and a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant. There are tons of festivals and concerts, especially on the strand. It also has a vast selection of ghost tours.
Dallas (4 Hours) . Dallas has excellent museums and restaurants. A big drawing factor is definitely six flags.
The Beautiful beaches of Corpus Christi (3.5 Hours) - Okay, it's not like the west coast or anything but it is definitely nicer than Galveston.
College Station (1.5 Hours) - Home of the Aggies. A great destination if you're an Aggie fan. You can catch a game or other school function. However, if you're not an A&M fan, it provides a wonderful small town atmosphere with its bounties of open land. It's a very different environment from the bustling streets of Houston.
Brenham (1.5 Hours) - 4 words: Blue Bell Ice Cream. Everyone loves Ice Cream. The creamery is in a lovely small town where you can spend your time antiquing or taking in the fresh air. The Blue Bell Creamery also has tours in which you get to sample ice cream. Delicious.
Brazos Bend State Park (1 hour) - great for the outdoors men. There are several campsites available including ones with a screened in shelter. There is the George Observatory, which is open to the public and allows you to get a spectacular look at the stars.
Beaumont (1.5 Hours) - The Texas oil boom started in Beaumont. Several people became millionaires overnight and built themselves fancy hours (several of which are open for tours). The second and third generation oil millionaires donated to museums after discovering what a large tax deduction it was. Even now they still donate heavily, making this a prime spot for art or history buffs. Sadly, Beaumont was flattened years back by Hurricane Ike. However, it has recovered nicely and continues to grow.
Austin (3 Hours) - The Live Music Capital of the World has a natural beauty and nightlife that is vastly different from Houston. It's definitely an experience. It's also the state's capital, which you can tour.