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Your Cheat Sheet to Summer Vacations in Texas

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Think you can’t sneak in a relaxing summer vacation while the Texas sun is beating down?

Think again.

You don’t have to drive to Florida or California to have fun and cool off—Texas is full of fabulous vacation spots within a reasonable drive if you just know where to look. Whether you’re in the mood for a rustic retreat, a beachside getaway, or a food tour, there’s a little something for everyone in the Lone Star state.

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Here are our top five ways to beat the heat with a summer vacation… in Texas:

Beach Style

If you’re ready to sink your toes in the sand, Galveston is probably the first thing that comes to mind. While Galveston is wonderful and boasts the historic Strand, Pleasure Pier, and of course, the beaches—don’t forget about its sister city, Corpus Christi! This fun waterfront city offers long beaches and a relaxed atmosphere for those days when you really just want to fly a kite or lay back in the sand and watch the waves roll in.

The City Scene

If your favorite thing about vacation is trying new foods in new places, the Austin and San Antonio scene can’t be beat! The food truck cuisine in downtown Austin is unparalleled—while there are tacos on every corner, and they’re all amazing, we recommend Tacodeli—while San Antonio offers culinary mashups that will surpass any foodie’s wildest dreams. You have to try the snow cones!

Hit the River

For the adventuring types, you can cool off with a dip in the Rio Frio at Garner State Park. Whether you’re into tubing, kayaking, or canoeing, there are lots of ways to stay cool and enjoy the great outdoors. Or, you can head over to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, and enjoy tubing adventures galore. From the “tube chute” to coasting down the Guadalupe, you’ll forget that it’s in the triple digits outside while you’re enjoying the cool, refreshing water. Afterward, you can enjoy yummy German food at Naegelin’s Bakery, the oldest bakery in Texas.

Desert Paradise

West Texas isn’t a wasteland anymore! West Texas boasts some wonderful tourist attractions these days, whether you’d rather stay indoors and shop to your heart’s content, explore historic sites and cultural attractions, or get outside and see what Mother Nature has to offer. Check out the arts hub and cultural festivals in Marfa, take an evening hike in Big Bend National Park to catch some breathtaking views, or raft the Rio Grande to cool off during the hottest parts of the day. Heading way out west may be a drive for some, but it’s worth it.

Pro Tip: Vacation Home

If you’ve found a spot you like, whether it’s a specific stretch of beach or a particularly secluded corner of the woods, why keep shelling out serious cash just to stay in a hotel or an Airbnb every night while you’re there? Once you’re visiting the same location every year, it may be time to start thinking about investing in a vacation home at that spot you love. That way, you’ll always have a home away from home—without all that extra money spent on lodging.

That’s just a few of the wonderful ways we love to take advantage of all the wonderful summer adventures Texas has to offer. We always love discovering new places to explore, too, so if we didn’t mention your favorite vacation destination—send them our way! Last but not least, if you’ve found your favorite getaway and are ready to commit to a place of your own there, let us know! Park Place Finance can easily help you finance your second home, just in time for your next vacation.

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