Where Can I Get a Texas Free Vacation Guide?

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Don’t miss out on all those great Texas vacation spots!

Here is my list of the best places to get a Texas free vacation guide so you can get some family vacation ideas rolling.

Get Your Free Texas Travel Brochures From TourTexas.com.

I am amazed by this online travel site.  If you want to visit or vacation in Texas, this is a top destination BEFORE you plan your vacation destination.

You can order travel brochures for different cities in Texas, different regions in Texas, even specific tourist attractions and specific vacation destinations Texas has to offer and have them sent to you free of charge through the postal service or download them right onto your computer for free.

Note:  A few of the individual attractions can only be sent to you through the mail with a 2 – 4 week delivery time, but most city travel guides and many of the individual tourist attractions are both available for download or through the mail.

I really like this site.  Not only can you order all kinds of Texas travel brochures, you can see travel videos of all the major vacation destinations in the state.

You can also search for and get info on events throughout Texas like festivals, fairs, air shows, farmer’s markets, sports events, etc…  You know…  all those activities to do on Texas family vacations to help you have a fun trip.

Another benefit of this website is its interactive maps of Texas and its cities.  Having a resource like that right at your fingertips when you are planning a vacation is really helpful.

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That’s right, partner… Welcome to Texas!

Get a Great Free Travel Guide for Texas plus vacation planning tools, family vacation packages, and some of the best travel deals around from TravelTex.com.

I also found the most amazing thing on this site.  They have downloadable podcast walking tours of the major cities in Texas.   I mean like this is where you can actually download free walking tours onto your MP3 player and listen to a tour guide as you walk through the most exciting and popular tourist attractions in Texas.

Yes, you can hear those recordings right on your computer at home too which makes vacation planning even easier!

The list of driving tours in Texas on the TravelTex website are just absolutely the best next to sliced bread too!  You can find dozens of driving tours for summer road trips, day trips, family weekend getaways in Texas, even homeschool field trips if you live in this region of the country or are just moseying through.

If your planning a family vacation in Texas, use these driving tours as a part of your planning too!

Get bunches of free Texas driving tour guides at:  http://www.traveltex.com/plan-your-trip/driving-tours?c=All too!

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Travel Texas!

Here’s another sure fire way to get some great free Texas travel guides:

Always… ALWAYS check the convention and visitors bureau of each each city where, or close to where, you want to go.

Just do an online search something like “name of city” (and write the city in.. and state abbreviation if it could get confused with another state) followed by the words “visitors bureau” or “convention and visitors bureau”.  Doing a search for the city plus “things to do” or “visitors center” takes you to some places to get free tourism brochures and guides as well.

It would look something like this:

Amarillo TX visitors bureau

Dallas convention and visitors bureau

San Antonio visitor center or San Antonio visitors

Abilene TX tourist attractions or Abilene TX Convention visitors OR

Austin TX convention and visitors bureau

Any combination will get you to the city’s official convention and visitors bureau where you can order or download a free vacation guide.  That same search will also show other local sites which provide vacation information and lists of things to do in whatever specific city you searched for.

And of course, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has all the free Texas vacation information anyone needs to enjoy the Texas great outdoors.

You can view online travel info about the parks in Texas plus get info on cabin rental reservations, camping info for those interested in camping at Texas state parks, check out boating, fishing, and other lake activities, etc there!

And as a surprise BONUS

Whenever your family vacation destination takes you to Texas, make sure you take advantage of the travel resources at the Texas Department of Transportation website!

The TDOT has lots of traveling resources you can use free of charge right on their site.  Check that link out there.  You’ll be really surprised!

There, you’ve got my list to help you plan a vacation in Texas, but if you know about a free Texas vacation guide that you would recommend to others, please feel free to leave a comment below and share it!

Texas Weekend Getaways for Couples and Romantic Buckaroos

Texas has some great places to go and things to do, but that’s not all this great state offers.  If you live close by or want to travel there, you can find interesting and fun things to do in Texas.  You can also find plenty of romantic weekend getaways in Texas for a little cowboy or cowgirl who wants to court his (or her) sweetheart a little too.

Below is a list of Texas weekend getaways for couples.  Yea, yea.  Texas is big, but we have included some of the best from throughout various regions of the state, so finding a couples weekend getaway in Texas shouldn’t be all that hard.

These romantic weekend getaways for couples offer charm, privacy, natural elegance, and the best alone time available so you can cozy up to your beloved ranch partner.

Yeehaw!  Your marriage is about to get a little more exciting in Texas!

The San Antonio River Walk here is one of the most romantic weekend getaways for couples you can find anywhere, Texas or otherwise!


Texas Weekend Getaways for Couples

Caddo Lake in Texas

Caddo Lake in Uncertain, TX (yes, that’s the town’s name) is the largest natural lake in Texas and sits on the Texas – Louisiana border so you get a little bit of that backwoods outdoor Texas feel combined with a Louisiana bayou feel.  With its channels and waterways, it’s great for fishing, but its natural beauty even surpasses its fishing attributes.  So tell your hubby to leave his fishing gear at home (unless of course you think that’s a romantic activity too).

If you’re looking for a cheap romantic weekend getaway in Texas, Caddo Lake State Park has very inexpensive camping sites from primitive camping to sites with water and electric.  There are also a limited number of cabin rentals at the state park there, or you can find rental cabins, cottages, and beds and breakfasts throughout the area as well.

Speaking of romantic AND inexpensive, Caddo Lake tours are readily available, and you have practically your choice of what kind of boat you want to go out on from steamboats to paddleboats to renting your own canoe, flat bottom fish boat, or pontoon.  Boat rentals are available at either the state park there or at one of the several marina areas or backwoods gear stores.

If you’re also looking for fun weekend getaways for couples, you can find casinos just 40 minutes away from here in Shreveport, La, or maybe just seeing some alligators when you are walking on the shore might be exciting enough for you.   (Just kidding… kind of.)

Abilene, TX

Often overlooked as a romantic getaway, Abilene, Texas, between El Paso and Fort Worth, TX is a quaint area nestled between the metropolitan areas of north Texas and the oil country land of west Texas.

Abilene may be hidden between those two more well known areas of Texas, but it has a charm and beauty that sets the stage for a quaint Texan couples weekend getaway.

Fort Phantom Hill, just north of the city, was once a western Army outpost to protect the westward-bound frontiersmen.  Now a preserved historical site, it provides the backdrop for a romantic afternoon retreat with interesting historical remains of the post’s buildings, nice picnic sites, a nice trail through the ruins which is perfect for a leisurely, romantic walk, and nice views.

If you’re a BBQ fan, Abilene has some of the best steak and barbecue restaurants around.  Steak dinners are always romantic.  Having a steak dinner in Abilene, TX is pure romance TEXAN style.

Surprisingly, Abilene offers quite a few cultural experiences too which you might not have the chance to enjoy as much when the kids are with you wanting to do more active activities.

Abilene also has many elegant bed and breakfasts for a romantic overnight stay.

You can actually get some coupons for fun and romantic things to do in Abilene at the Abilene Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau website online too which always helps!  Go to the “Visitors and Residents” section of their site at:  http://www.abilenevisitors.com/ for those coupons and for other good information for planning some family or couples weekend getaways there.

Galveston, TX

Galveston, Texas offers tons of things for couples to enjoy for a weekend couples retreat.  What makes Galveston unique is its variety of activities, settings, overnight accommodations, and attractions too.

A couple might find romance walking along the fishing piers where real, working fishermen are bringing their catch back to shore, shopping in the historic downtown area, or going to the beach.  There is also a great choice of cruises from Galveston, and even weekend romancers can find a short romantic cruise from Galveston, Texas.

Big Bend National Park

Far west Texas isn’t like anyplace else in the country, offering some of the most isolated yet beautifully spectacular views any one could find anywhere.  Big Bend National Park showcases this rustic natural beauty making it the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend with your spouse.

Chisos Mountains Lodge, located right inside Big Bend National Park, offers lodging for couples who want comfort amidst nature.  Additionally, camping is readily available inside the national park for those couples who want to romance it while roughing it.  OK, are you REALLY roughing it when you are camping in Big Bend surrounded by high rocky peaks, beautiful sunsets, and the natural beauty of the southwestern landscape?  Well, maybe it is roughing it a little, but you won’t mind.  Believe me, you won’t mind it at all!

You can find lots of information on what to do in Texas at Big Bend’s website here:  http://www.big.bend.national-park.com/

San Antonio, Texas

When it comes to Texas weekend getaways for couples, it would be hard to beat the San Antonio River Walk.  Enough said.

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