Whether you’re enjoying live music in Austin, visiting the Science Center in Houston, or taking the kids to Six Flags in Dallas, Texas has no shortage of amazing locations to explore. That said, sometimes, you and the family want to get out of state and check out new and exciting destinations. You don’t need to fly to the Caribbean to find quality vacation options that the whole family will enjoy. There are many world-renowned cities and activities, only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here are five vacation destinations that are not too far from Texas.
Known as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is one of the best vacation destinations on the planet. Even better, it’s only about 13 hours by car or 2 hours by plane to get there. Bring your childhood fantasies to life by meeting all your favorite Disney characters in the Magic Kingdom or check out one of the three other theme parks. You’re never too young or old to have fun at Walt Disney World.
In addition to Walt Disney World, Orlando is loading with lots of other fun things to see and do during your vacation. You'll find everything from airplane rides or riding an Indy Race Car at 140 miles hour to swimming with manatees plus lots of golf courses, great restaurants, plenty of attractions, and more. Read about our Orlando Vacation to find some fun things to see and do.
The best part is, there are some fantastic resorts to stay at right on-site that offer an out-of-this-world experience, such as Solterra Resort. It is only 20 minutes away and has villas available with themed bedrooms, arcades, a home theater, and private pools!
For the music lovers out there, Nashville, Tennessee, makes a perfect vacation destination. It is only a 10-hour drive from Dallas and takes less than 2 hours by plane. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, or see a show at one of Nashville’s famous music venues like the Grand Ole Opry House.
Nashville isn’t only known for its music scene. People travel across the country to indulge in some mouth-watering foods. Don’t miss the spicy hot chicken and the classic meat & three vegs from iconic eateries like Arnold’s Country Kitchen. Finish it off with some biscuits and cornbread.
Historical New Orleans has so much to see and do. It makes an incredible destination for those who want to pack their vacation with as much as possible. It takes less than 6 hours to drive there from Houston. From early morning to late night, the city is always full of life. Bourbon Street is a must-visit area to take in the parades, party, and grab a pair or two of beads. Mardi Gras never stops here! If you really want some fun, try New Orleans during Mardi Gras!
New Orleans has the name “Big Easy” for its ties to jazz music. See a live show while you’re here, or head to the Garden District to wander between the lush gardens and beautiful mansions.
If your idea of the perfect vacation is spending time in the great outdoors, then you need to visit Hot Springs, Arkansas. From Dallas, it’s just over 4 hours to drive there. Named for its, you guessed it, natural hot springs, this city is peaceful and features incredible vistas. Hike up the Hot Springs Mountain for views of the area or enjoying fishing and kayaking down the Ouachita River. Or rent a boat, try parasailing, or fishing on the 7200 acre 18 mile Lake Hamilton that runs through Hot Springs.
Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi is a vacation destination for those who love a balance of relaxing and entertainment. It takes about 6 hours to drive there from Houston, and it’s worth it for the beautiful beaches. Since it’s on the coast, you know they have fresh, delicious seafood, and the islands offshore are home to loggerhead turtles and pelicans.
When you’ve had enough the beach, you can try your luck at one of the eight casinos in town, go shopping or enjoy live shows. And Mississippi is home to some fantastic golf courses - read about our golfing vacation to Mississippi to learn about Mississippi resorts and golf courses.