Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Houston

Summer in Houston is no joke, and when the humidity gets high enough to make you feel like you might explode, it’s best to seek solace from a nearby destination. Here are five of our favorite drivable getaways that are just a few short hours from Houston.

The boardwalk in Galveston
The boardwalk in Galveston
1. Galveston, Texas

It’s all about seaside fun in Galveston where you can unwind on the beach before exploring the boardwalk-like atmosphere of the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. When you need a break from the sand, head to the Strand Historic District for shopping and dining that can’t be missed.

Where To Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton Galveston

2. Lake Charles, Louisiana

Need a break from cooking? Let the locals take your taste buds on an experience in Lake Charles where fresh-caught local seafood dots the menus of restaurants like Steamboat Bill’s, the Chart House, and Mama Reta’s Kitchen.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Lake Charles

3. College Station, Texas

The home of Texas A&M University has more than just football on offer, and the quieter summer period is a great time to visit. Explore the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on the University’s grounds before swinging by student favorite The Dixie Chicken for mouthwatering burgers and a cold beer.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn College Station

4. Round Top, Texas

Antique hunters have long known that the sleepy town of Round Top is the place to be for some of the hottest deals and hardest-to-find collectibles in the state. Go on a treasure hunt in the stores along Henkel Square and Bybee Square before celebrating your discoveries with a slice of pie at Royer’s Round Top Café.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Brenham

5. Port Aransas, Texas

Pack up the sandcastle supplies and head for the white sand beaches of Port Aransas for the ultimate in a family beach vacay. This barrier island features access to just about every water sport you can imagine, as well as legendary fishing and bird watching.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas


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