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Destination guide

Family fun at vacation home rentals in Texas

Everything's bigger in Texas, and this super-sized state is packed with vacation possibilities, from city breaks in glamorous Dallas or hipster-hangout Austin, to family fun in Houston, with its space center and museums. Many Texas vacation rentals can also be found on the coast, where you'll enjoy long sandy beaches and the warm clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is also full of friendly small towns just off the beaten track, such as Marfa, famous for its lively contemporary arts scene, and the traditionally Texan town of Amarillo which is full of ranches and cowboy-themed attractions.

History

Heritage sites near vacation rentals in Texas

Texas has a rich array of historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals can be found near fascinating heritage locations like the Alamo, a legendary fort and monument to the state’s history with a museum, artifacts, gardens, and other attractions, and Texas Capitol, a massive granite and marble structure with a large rotunda and dome and the House and Senate chambers. You'll also like San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a vast park with colonial missions, a visitor center, and trails on 18th-century grounds.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near vacation rentals in Texas

Houston is at the heart of the space industry, and Space Center Houston lets you get up close to spaceships that have returned from missions. This includes the command module from Apollo 11, the first moon landing, and a full-size replica of Space Shuttle Independence where you can take a tour and see how astronauts lived. Take a tram ride of Rocket Park, and try Mission Mars, a simulation of what a trip to Mars might be like. Before returning to your Texas vacation rental, book a show at the Burke Baker Planetarium and learn more about deepest space.

Activities

Things to do near vacation homes in Texas

In Texas, you can explore the wild without leaving the city. Houston Zoo is full of exotic animals from around the world, and as you wander round the trails you'll spot playful monkeys, friendly giraffes and prowling tigers. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a great place to learn about creatures of the past, with exhibits of dinosaur bones and dioramas showing how nature evolved. At the heart of the museum, there's a 3-storey glass conservatory, with a tropical rainforest including exotic plants and waterfalls, and rare species of butterflies fluttering around your head.

Weather

Local weather in vacation homes in Texas

Different areas of Texas have differing climates, although most of the state is warm and sunny most of the year. East Texas and most of the major cities have high humidity during the summer, with temperatures often hitting the mid-90s. It's a little cooler and more comfortable by the coast, which is why it's popular for Texas vacation rentals, while the western part of Texas is dry and arid. Spring and fall are sunny without being too hot, while most winters are short and mild. Hurricanes occasionally hit Texas, with August and September the most likely for storms.

Natural features

Desert, mountains and more in Texas

Big Bend National Park is the largest park in the state, combining vast areas of desert with rocky mountain landscapes. There are 200 miles of hiking trails through rocky terrain, as well as paved trails popular with cyclists and horseback riders. Explore the red-rock Caprock Canyons, which are covered in desert plants during the spring and summer, and there's a large lake for boating or cooling off after a hike. Along the Gulf of Mexico, Texas has long sandy beaches, with popular vacation spots including South Padre Island, where you'll see dolphins and sea turtles frolicking in the water.

Food and drink

Must-try cuisine in Texas

Texas cuisine is influenced by a wide range of cultures, including Cajun, Mexican, Native American, Asian, Southern, and German. Tex-Mex is one of the most common styles You'll find, which combines the traditions of Northern Mexico with techniques of European Texans. Dishes associated with Tex-Mex include guacamole, chile con queso, tortilla soup, nachos, tacos, and fajitas, all of which can be found in plenty of restaurants near your vacation accommodation.

How many vacation rentals are available around Texas, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 24,518 vacation rentals around Texas. From 1,839 cabin rentals to 12,000 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Texas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Texas. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Port Aransas: 2,624 vacation rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,954 vacation rentals
  • Galveston: 2,612 vacation rentals
  • Fredericksburg: 1,085 vacation rentals
  • Corpus Christi: 2,744 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Texas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Texas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Texas:

  • Port Aransas: 2,624 rentals
  • South Padre Island: 1,954 rentals
  • Galveston: 2,612 rentals
  • Fredericksburg: 1,085 rentals
  • Corpus Christi: 2,744 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Texas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Texas are:

  • Rockport, TX (RKP-Aransas County): 1,453 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio, TX (SAT-San Antonio Intl.): 1,234 vacation rentals
  • Dallas, TX (DFW-Dallas-Fort Worth Intl.): 1,682 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Texas?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Texas. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • North Burnet: 2,532 rentals
  • Palo Duro Canyon: 35 rentals
  • Garner State Park: 259 rentals
  • Rienzi: 1,457 rentals
  • Millermore Mansion: 1,463 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Texas listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Texas

Port Aransas
2,624 vacation rentals
South Padre Island
1,954 vacation rentals
Galveston
2,612 vacation rentals
Fredericksburg
1,085 vacation rentals
Corpus Christi
2,744 vacation rentals
New Braunfels
1,401 vacation rentals
Austin
3,031 vacation rentals
Wimberley
1,006 vacation rentals
Rockport
898 vacation rentals
Canyon Lake
921 vacation rentals
San Antonio
1,560 vacation rentals
Kingsland
534 vacation rentals
Fort Worth
592 vacation rentals
Houston
1,769 vacation rentals
Dallas
1,810 vacation rentals
Dripping Springs
1,051 vacation rentals
Waco
239 vacation rentals
Plano
1,642 vacation rentals
Concan
229 vacation rentals
Freeport
977 vacation rentals