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15 Best Weekend Getaways in Texas

By: Author Susan Moore

Posted on Last updated: April 28, 2024

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That also goes for the amount of fun you can have in the Lone Star State!

From swampy bayous to arid desert peaks, wine country to bustling cities, Texas has it all. And even though I have lived in Texas for over 20 years I’m still finding new places to explore.

There is a weekend getaway for everyone, so just point your compass and set off in search of adventure. With so many choices for things to do in Texas it’s tough to decide where to start, so this article will help you narrow down your decision when you want a two or three day vacation .

Here is our list of 15 best weekend getaways in Texas .

15 Best weekend getaways in Texas.

Best Weekend Getaways in Texas

Big bend national park.

Getting out in nature is one of the coolest weekend getaways in Texas. Big Bend National Park is in the southwest of Texas and captures the very best of the state’s desert and mountain landscapes.

You will see the Chisos mountain range and a large part of the Chihuahuan Desert in the park. Learn more about the best hiking trails at Big Bend .

In the comfort of your car you can take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive which is a 30-mile road that also leads to the canyon as well as the Castolon Historic District .

The Rio Grande cuts through the Santa Elena Canyon , and you can hike at the basin of the dramatic canyon walls.

At Big Bend park enjoy soothing hot springs, desert and mountain hikes, canoeing, wildlife watching, camping, and spectacular dark skies for viewing the Milky Way.

There’s so much to do at Big Bend you will want to make it a long weekend trip!

Santa Elena Canyon at Big Bend National park Texas.

A Big Bend weekend getaway is the ideal escape to the mountains and high desert of far West Texas

Port Aransas

This is an unspoiled seaside town and one of the best places for a relaxing weekend getaway in Texas. Port Aransas sits on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico and this area is especially well known among sport fishermen.

In fact, Port A is known as the fishing capital of Texas. But there are lots of other fun things to do in Port Aransas too.

Another big reason Port A is popular with outdoorsy folk is the amazing birdwatching opportunities. The roseate spoonbill, osprey, herons, egrets, and a few hundred other bird species pass through or live in Port Aransas.

The town is a short ferry ride (or drive) from Corpus Christi and one of the best things to do is to cast a line from the mammoth 1,200-foot fishing pier that stretches into the sea.

Fishing pier Port Aransas.

Horace Caldwell fishing pier reaches about 1,200 feet over the water for your perfect fishing spot in Port Aransas

Austin is one of the most beloved cities in Texas and undoubtedly one of the coolest places for a weekend getaway in the Lone Star State with an abundance of cool boutique hotels .

The capital of Texas has an awesome music scene, and your first order of business should be to seek out some live music performances at one of the city’s premier venues.

But even a dingy corner at an open-mic night will surprise you.

The city also has a thriving foodie scene with tons of unique eateries catering to Austin’s hip crowd. For the most popular joints you’ll want to make reservations well in advance.

Take a moment to stroll through Zilker Park and the Botanical Garden or take a dip in Barton Springs Pool – hovering around a cool 68 degrees year-round.

Walk or bike at beautiful Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) before doing some sightseeing at the State Capitol and top it all off with a walk up to Mount Bonnell (spoiler alert: it’s not a mountain) or take to the best hiking trails around ATX .

READ MORE: 15 Fun FREE Things to Do in Austin

Wooden bridge Zilker Botanical Garden Austin Texas.

On your Austin weekend adventure be sure to visit Zilker Botanical Garden in downtown ATX

San Antonio

San Antonio is famous for the Alamo and the River Walk. You’ll also find gorgeous parks, amazing art museums, and the best Tex-Mex food .

The Alamo is part of a the only UNESCO world heritage site in Texas that also includes fascinating locations like Mission San Jose and Mission Espada , and these are all part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park . While it is free to visit the Alamo church in downtown San Antonio there is also a museum with over 500 artifacts well worth visiting.

The city is also designated as a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO , so you’ll want to try the tacos and Tex-Mex but there’s also Asian, French, Italian and more!

San Antonio’s riverwalk is one of the most popular things to do in the city. Walk along the tranquil banks of the San Antonio River and visit the vibrant restaurants and cafes or hop on a river taxi for a tour of the highlights on the river walk.

Not far from downtown you’ll find world class exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art . Highly recommended and always a great option when the weather is not so perfect.

Consider staying at one of the fabulous boutique hotels on the river or close to the Alamo so you can easily walk to many of the attractions in downtown San Antonio.

Read our full list of best things to do in San Antonio

The Alamo historic site in San Antonio Texas.

A weekend in San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Alamo historic site

Fredericksburg

Wine lovers, pay attention! Fredericksburg is home to several fabulous wineries, basically, everything you need for the perfect weekend getaway in Texas.

The town has a strong German heritage , and you can also sink your teeth into mouth-watering German dishes all around town.

Visitors also love strolling down the main street and popping into the charming boutiques and shops, but you can also visit the National Museum of the Pacific War if you are a history lover.

In the mood for a unique hike? Check out Enchanted Rock (best in cooler months) for great hiking trails near Fredericksburg.

Hiking trail at Enchanted Rock Fredericksburg Texas.

You won’t want to miss hiking at Enchanted Rock on your Fredericksburg Texas weekend getaway

New Braunfels

This is a charming town, halfway between San Antonio and Austin.

Most people know New Braunfels as a tubing hotspot where people flock to hop into an inner tube and float down the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.

You can also kick it old-school and head to the Stars and Stripes drive-in theatre or head underground to experience the might of mother nature at the Natural Bridge Caverns .

In the mood for dancing? Then Gruene Hall awaits you, the oldest dance hall in Texas is the perfect place for cold beers (bring folding money – it’s cash only) and dancing the night away to live music.

And every year in early November the town celebrates with a German-Texan festival known as Wurstfest – a celebration of sausage, beer, music, and fun!

Read our full list of the best things to do in New Braunfels .

Natural Bridge Caverns New Braunfels Texas.

Natural Bridge Caverns is cool (literally!) and one of the best places to see when you spend a weekend in New Braunfels

This is another super popular beach getaway destination in Texas and is only a short drive from Houston.

Galveston has several beaches and excellent fishing spots.

But you can also visit thrilling amusement parks, stroll through the charming Strand Historic District , and visit historical homes like Bishop’s Palace for a glimpse into Texan life from yesteryear.

Learn more about all the fun things to do in Galveston TX !

Moody Manson in Galveston Texas.

Moody Mansion is one of the interesting things to do in Galveston Texas

Try something different for a change and book a weekend getaway in Texas in an unexpected location.

Marfa is in far West Texas, but this town has gained notoriety as an art oasis of note.

The most famous installation is probably the “Smallest Prada Store in the World” but the artist that put Marfa on the map is Donald Judd , who moved to the town in the 70’s and created minimalist art sculptures.

Now you can visit Judd’s Chinati Foundation to view the art collection.

This town has less than 2,000 permanent residents, but there are 19 art galleries, a fascinating ratio that seems very out of place for this remote town!

Learn about the mysterious Marfa Lights and other cool things to do in Marfa Texas .

READ MORE: 15 Best Small Towns in TEXAS

Chinati Foundation aluminum sculptures by Donald Judd in Marfa TX.

Chinati Foundation Marfa features minimalist sculptures by Donald Judd

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

This park is famously known as the “ Grand Canyon of Texas ”, and you don’t have to think very hard why.

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things you can see on a weekend getaway in Texas.

Try to reach the park from Amarillo to drive along Route 66 . With a slight detour, you can see Cadillac Ranch , one of the most famous roadside attractions in the country.

LEARN MORE: 5 Day Road Trip: Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyons

This great town is a short drive from Austin, and the perfect location for a weekend getaway in Texas.

Jacob’s Well is one of the must-do things in town but make sure to book in advance (for swimming) as this is one incredibly popular activity on offer from May 1 – September 30 only.

But you can still go hiking and see the spring year-round.

Blue Hole is another option for a refreshing swim in the Cypress Creek, this is my favorite swimming hole in Texas.

The spring-fed waters are lined with trees, so you’ll have some shade and be serenaded with birdsong.

See if you can find the 50 whimsically painted boots spread across town or simply sit back and relax at a vineyard after doing some light antiquing.

You can see why Wimberley is one of our favorite day trips from Austin !

Giant cowboy boot painted with sunflowers and bluebonnets in Wimberley.

Explore Wimberley Texas where you can find 50 giant cowboy boots each painted with a unique design – Bootiful Wimberley!

Skip the overwhelmingly big city of Dallas and head to its smaller neighbor instead.

Fort Worth has a distinct charm and the Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the most authentic places you can visit in Texas.

How does a show at the Cowtown Opry sound? Or even finding your way through the labyrinth of the Cowtown Maze ?

But time your visit carefully as every day at 11:30 am and 4 pm you can attend the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive .

A herd of iconic Texas longhorns and cowboys on horseback make their way through the Stockyards, bringing the past to life before your eyes.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

You might associate fall leaf peeping with New England, but this corner of the state is the best place to spend a fall weekend getaway in Texas.

The park has the four highest peaks in Texas and the expanses of the Chihuahuan Desert are simply breathtaking.

For fall foliage in October and November, you can hike to McKittrick Canyon, Frijole Ranch, Dog Canyon, and Pine Springs to see the maple, ash, and oak trees change color.

Guadalupe National Park with fall foliage.

Guadalupe National Park is the best place to go for mountains and fall colors in Texas

South Padre Island

This spring-breakers haven is one of the most popular beach destinations in Texas.

It has long blissful sandy stretches on the Gulf of Mexico, and you can learn more about marine life at Sea Turtle Inc .

Visit the South Padre Sand Dunes , go horseback riding at South Padre Island Adventure Park , or go bird watching at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center .

Maybe you need more than a weekend at this diverse destination after all!

If the only thing you know about the city comes from the overquoted “Apollo 13” movie, you certainly do have a problem.

As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston has no shortage of things to do, with a bustling art scene, rad music and night life, an abundance of good eats, and plenty of places to go on day trips.

You obviously have to visit the Johnson Space Center , but you can also go on a Segway tour, stroll through the botanical gardens, or visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum if you are an aviation fanatic.

For a unique experience in Houston check out the Art Car Museum – make an appointment first.

Art lovers will adore the Museum of Fine Arts, and everyone can enjoy the Houston Museum of Natural Science – they have dinosaurs and other cool stuff!

For nighttime fun in H-Town hit the clubs. Austin may be the live music capital, but Houston is the hip-hop capital of Texas.

Decorated art car at Houston Art Car Museum.

The art car exhibits change regularly at Houston Art Car Museum – a truly unique TX experience!

Caddo Lake State Park

On the border of Texas and Louisiana is a spectacular state park, perfect for a memorable family-friendly weekend getaway.

Paddle a canoe through the eerie bald cypress trees that form a maze of bayous, sloughs, and ponds in Caddo lake.

There are over 50 miles of paddling trails in the park and you can stay in an adorable historic cabin to give you the full experience.

Final Thoughts on Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas is diverse and filled with opportunities for exploring with interesting places to see and thrilling outdoor experiences. This list of fun weekend trips gives you the starting point to plan your next great adventure in the Lone Star State. Where will you go next?!

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Best Solo Trips In Texas (Popular and Lesser Known)

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If you’re searching for adventure, want to explore somewhere new, or need a getaway, there’s no better place to go than Texas. This Lone Star State has a variety of attractions, including wine farms, culinary hotspots, museums, water parks, and wildlife and national parks.

Trips through Texas are not just for groups but for solo travelers, and Texas has some of the best solo trips for avid adventurers.

The best solo trips in Texas are San Antonio, Big Bend National Park, Galveston, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, Clifton, Fort Davis, Blanco, Huntsville, and Austin. Most of these are well known, but places like Fort Davis are lesser known but still make a perfect solo trip.

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San Antonio

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Traveling solo is always an adventure and offers many experiences. Solo trips can initially seem daunting, but once you start traveling, you’ll find extraordinary places and meet wonderful people. Texas has many safe cities and attractions for solo travelers , including San Antonio, Big Bend National Park, Galveston, and Blanco.

San Antonio is one of the loveliest cities for solo explorers. There are many attractive neighborhoods, unique shops, and attractions that you can enjoy by yourself. San Antonio is known for its Tex-Mex cuisine and barbeque restaurants and is easily one of Texas’s best places to visit.

San Antonio also offers scenic tours like the UNESCO World Heritage and River Walk Cruise tours.

San Antonio has many activities for those traveling alone. Many of the activities in San Antonio can be enjoyed by everyone, and there are options for nature lovers, curious minds, and those who enjoy wildlife or even experiencing a traditional tea ceremony.

For those looking to explore San Antonio, here are some of the best attractions:

  • San Antonio Zoo
  • Hop on and hop off the bus tour
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Indoor Sky Diving
  • Riverwalk Cruise
  • Kayaking with Mission Adventure tours
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Guided Segway tour
  • Ghost bus tour
  • A visit to Seaworld

Places To Stay

San Antonio, known for its rich history and vibrant culture, offers a variety of accommodation options that are particularly appealing to solo travelers. Here are the top three places to stay in San Antonio for solo travelers, along with reasons why they stand out:

1. Hotel Emma, The Pearl District

  • Historical Elegance : Hotel Emma is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century brewhouse, uniquely blending historic charm and modern luxury.
  • Central Location : Situated in the Pearl District, it’s close to some of the best dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the city.
  • Social Atmosphere : Its sophisticated bar and clubroom provide a great social atmosphere for solo travelers looking to meet new people.
  • Link : Hotel Emma

2. The Menger Hotel, Near The Alamo

  • Historic Significance : As one of Texas’s oldest and most famous hotels, it offers a unique historical experience right next to the Alamo.
  • Easy Access to Attractions : Its proximity to major tourist attractions like the River Walk, the Alamo, and various museums makes it ideal for explorers.
  • Victorian Charm : The hotel’s Victorian architecture and interior provide a quaint and comfortable stay.
  • Link : The Menger Hotel

3. Hotel Havana, River Walk

  • Boutique Experience : This small boutique hotel offers a personalized and intimate experience, perfect for solo travelers seeking tranquility.
  • Cultural Charm : The hotel’s Cuban-inspired décor adds charm and character.
  • Central but Quiet : While centrally located near the River Walk, it’s tucked away enough to offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle.
  • Link : Hotel Havana

These hotels are well-rated for their quality and service and provide a safe and welcoming environment for solo travelers, offering a mix of historical significance, cultural charm, and a chance to mingle with other travelers and locals.

Stone desert desert landscape in the mountains in Texas in Big Bend National Park cacti and desert plants - Texas View

Big Bend should be on everyone’s bucket list. This remarkable national park has hundreds of bird species, solitary endless mountain ranges, cacti, and abundant plant species. Big Bent is a nature lover’s retreat and offers visitors various options to explore its beauty with activities like hiking, scenic drives, and camping.

Big Bend is one of the most visited attractions in Texas and is visited by more than 500,000 people yearly. For those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of this national park, there are many accommodation options for travelers.

If you’re planning a one-day or three-day trip, Big Bend offers specialized itineraries to help you get from visiting this national park. If you’re visiting Big Bend, make sure to include some of these activities:

  • Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
  • Santa Elena Canyon
  • Window View and Lost Mine Trail
  • Rio Grande Village Nature Trail
  • Boot Canyon
  • Birdwatching
  • River trip on the Santa Elena Canyon or the Rio Grand Wild and Scenic River

Big Bend National Park, known for its breathtaking landscapes and remote wilderness, is a haven for solo travelers seeking adventure and solitude. While the options are more limited due to the park’s remote location, there are still some excellent choices. Here are the top three places to stay for solo travelers visiting Big Bend National Park, along with reasons for their appeal:

1. Chisos Mountains Lodge

  • Inside the Park : As the only lodging inside Big Bend National Park, it offers unparalleled access to trails and scenic views.
  • Scenic Beauty : The lodge provides stunning views of the Chisos Mountains, making it a photographer’s dream.
  • Comfort in Wilderness : Offers comfortable accommodations with basic amenities, making it a cozy retreat after a day of exploring.
  • Link : Chisos Mountains Lodge

2. Lajitas Golf Resort

  • Luxury in Isolation : Situated near the park, this resort offers a luxurious stay in an otherwise rugged terrain.
  • Golf and More : Features a world-class golf course, spa, and other upscale amenities, perfect for relaxation.
  • Adventure Activities : Organizes various outdoor activities, including horseback riding and river expeditions, ideal for the adventurous solo traveler.
  • Link : Lajitas Golf Resort

3. Terlingua Ghost Town

  • Unique Experience : Staying in or near this historic ghost town offers a unique and memorable experience.
  • Proximity to Nature : Close to the park and other natural attractions, it’s perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the area’s natural beauty.
  • Community Feel : The small community vibe can comfort solo travelers, with local eateries and shops nearby.
  • Accommodation Options : Various lodging options are available in and around Terlingua, from rustic cabins to more modern rentals.

Each location offers something special for the solo traveler: the convenience and natural beauty of staying inside the park at Chisos Mountains Lodge, the luxury and outdoor activities at Lajitas Golf Resort, and the unique, community-oriented experience of Terlingua Ghost Town. They cater to different preferences, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both in the stunning backdrop of Big Bend National Park.

Galveston Bay Glint Bolivar Pen. Goat I. High Island View of Texas taken during ISS Expedition 36. - Texas View

Galveston Island is an affordable place for a solo trip. It is easy to get around this charming southern coastal city, and there are many attractions you can explore on your own. Galveston offers visitors 32 miles of endless beaches, boutique stores, unique shops, and freshly caught seafood.

Galveston boasts over 80 festivals yearly and has over 6000 hotel rooms. There are many transport options for visitors and many accommodation options, including vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels, condos, and hostels. Some of the best attractions in Galveston include:

  • The Strand Galveston
  • Galveston Railroad Museum
  • The 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
  • Moody Mansion
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park in Galveston
  • Seawolf Park
  • Galveston Farmers Market
  • Bishop’s Palace
  • The Grand 1894 Opera House
  • Galveston Naval Museum

Galveston Island, with its beautiful beaches, historic charm, and vibrant cultural scene, is a fantastic destination for solo travelers. The island offers various accommodations catering to different tastes and budgets. Here are the top three places to stay for solo travelers visiting Galveston Island, along with reasons that make them particularly appealing:

1. Hotel Galvez & Spa

  • Historic Elegance : Known as the “Queen of the Gulf,” this historic hotel combines luxury with a rich history, offering a unique and elegant stay.
  • Spa and Relaxation : Features a full-service spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration.
  • Prime Location : Situated near the beach and Galveston’s historic Pleasure Pier, it provides easy access to major attractions.
  • Link : Hotel Galvez & Spa

2. The Tremont House

  • Sophisticated Charm : Set in a beautifully restored 1879 building, it blends modern luxury and historical charm.
  • Vibrant Neighborhood : Located in the heart of downtown Galveston, it’s close to art galleries, shops, and restaurants.
  • Rooftop Bar : The hotel’s rooftop bar provides stunning island views, ideal for a relaxing evening.
  • Link : The Tremont House

3. Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

  • Entertainment Galore : Part of the Moody Gardens complex, which includes aquariums, rainforest exhibits, and an IMAX theater.
  • Luxury Amenities : Offers high-end amenities, including a spa, golf course, and swimming pool.
  • Natural Surroundings : The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Link : Moody Gardens Hotel

Each of these accommodations offers a distinct experience for the solo traveler: the historic luxury of Hotel Galvez & Spa, the sophisticated urban vibe of The Tremont House, and the entertainment-rich and nature-surrounded experience of Moody Gardens Hotel. They cater to different interests, whether you want to immerse yourself in history, enjoy urban sophistication, or engage in entertaining and relaxing activities in a scenic setting.

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Fredericksburg has an authentic German feel and exceptional German cuisine. It’s unique, with fine dining, historic buildings, wineries, and vineyards. If you’re looking for a solo trip, Fredericksburg is rated as one of the prettiest towns in Texas, one of the best small towns for shopping, and the most arts-vibrant small community.

Fredericksburg has many lodging options, including guest houses, motels, hotels, and vacation rentals. There are more than 100 restaurants to choose from and more than 700 historic structures for those who want to learn about the history of Fredericksburg. If you’re going on a solo trip, make sure you include some of these activities:

  • Wild Seed Farms
  • Peach Picking
  • Old Tunnel State Park
  • Enchanted Rock
  • National Museum of the Pacific War
  • Japenese garden of peace
  • Hill Country Herb Garden
  • Pioneer Museum

Fredericksburg, Texas, is renowned for its rich German heritage, charming wineries, and beautiful Hill Country scenery. It’s an ideal destination for solo travelers seeking a blend of history, nature, and relaxation. Here are the top three places to stay in Fredericksburg for solo travelers, along with reasons why they stand out:

1. Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

  • Central Location : Situated in the heart of Fredericksburg, it’s within walking distance of the main street, where you can explore local shops, restaurants, and galleries.
  • Comfort and Convenience : Offers a comfortable stay with modern amenities, ideal for those seeking a balance between exploration and relaxation.
  • Beautiful Grounds : Features lovely grounds with outdoor pools and hot tubs, perfect for unwinding after sightseeing.
  • Link : Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

2. Peach Tree Inn & Suites

  • Charming Ambiance : Known for its quaint and cozy ambiance, providing a more personalized and homely experience.
  • Variety of Accommodations : Offers a range of rooms from traditional inn-style to private cottages, catering to different preferences.
  • Great Value : Provides excellent amenities at a reasonable price, making it a great option for budget-conscious solo travelers.
  • Link : Peach Tree Inn & Suites

3. Hoffman Haus

  • Unique Experience : This bed and breakfast blends rustic charm and modern luxury, set in a serene environment.
  • Personalized Service : Known for exceptional personalized service, making guests feel special and well cared for.
  • Scenic and Peaceful : Nestled in a quiet area, it’s perfect for those seeking tranquility and a close connection with nature.
  • Link : Hoffman Haus

Each of these options provides a unique experience for solo travelers. Fredericksburg Inn & Suites offers the convenience and comfort of a modern hotel in a central location, Peach Tree Inn & Suites brings a charming and budget-friendly option, and Hoffman Haus offers a serene, luxurious, and personalized experience. These accommodations cater to various interests and preferences, whether you’re looking for convenience, value, or a serene getaway.

Comal River in Landa Park New Braunfels. - Texas View

New Braunfels is located between Austin and San Antonio. New Braunfels has quiet cafes, bustling bars, and unique museums. This little oasis is perfect for artists, those who love the outdoors, and people who love visiting new places filled with history. New Braunfels is also home to the Guadalupe River and beautiful German architecture.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you must stop by Naeglin’s Bakery, Texas’ oldest bakery, and try out some of their famous pies and strudels. New Braunfels is excellent for outdoor activities, and some of the most excellent attractions to include on your solo trip are:

  • Stars and Stripes drive-in theatre
  • Canyon Lake
  • Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo
  • New Braunfels Farmer’s Market
  • Guadalupe Brewing Company
  • Comal River
  • The Sophienburg Museum
  • Downtown New Braunfels

New Braunfels, between San Antonio and Austin in Texas, is a charming city known for its German heritage, beautiful riverfronts, and vibrant community events. It’s a great destination for solo travelers seeking outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and relaxation. Here are the top three places to stay in New Braunfels for solo travelers, along with reasons why they are appealing:

1. Gruene Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

  • Historical Charm : Located in the historic Gruene district, this B&B offers a unique glimpse into the area’s rich history with beautifully restored rooms.
  • Proximity to Attractions : It’s within walking distance to Gruene Hall, boutiques, and excellent dining options, perfect for exploring the local culture.
  • Scenic Views : Situated along the Guadalupe River, it provides serene river views and easy access to river activities.
  • Link : Gruene Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

2. The Resort at Schlitterbahn

  • Adventure and Fun : Ideal for those who enjoy water parks, as it offers easy access to Schlitterbahn, one of the best water parks in Texas.
  • Variety of Accommodations : A wide range of options suit different preferences and budgets, from hotel rooms to cottages.
  • Central Location : Conveniently located near other attractions in New Braunfels, making it easy to explore the city.
  • Link : The Resort at Schlitterbahn

3. Courtyard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village

  • Modern Amenities : Offers contemporary rooms and amenities, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free stay.
  • Riverfront Location : Set on the banks of the Guadalupe River, providing beautiful views and opportunities for river activities.
  • Business and Leisure : Equipped with facilities for both leisure and business, making it a versatile choice for different types of travelers.
  • Link : Courtyard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village

These accommodations offer a range of experiences for solo travelers. The Gruene Mansion Inn provides a historical and cultural background, The Resort at Schlitterbahn is perfect for those seeking adventure and fun, and the Courtyard by Marriott offers modern comforts with beautiful riverfront views. Each of these places caters to different interests and preferences, whether you’re interested in exploring local history, seeking adventure, or looking for a comfortable and modern stay.

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Clifton is known mainly for its artists and historians and is between Austin and Dallas. This scenic small town is known for its agricultural sector, pioneer heritage, and friendly community. For nature lovers, Clifton has many trails and countryside offering many outdoor activities.

Clifton is perfect for solo travelers who want to explore the arts and culture of this city. Visiting Clifton is excellent for a one or two-day trip, and some of the must-visit places in Clifton are:

  • Bosque Museum
  • Clifton Classis Chassis Auto Museum
  • The Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
  • Red Caboose Winery Clifton
  • Cliftex Theatre
  • Explore local shops
  • Lake Whitney

Clifton, Texas, often called the “Norwegian Capital of Texas,” offers a unique blend of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and small-town charm. It’s an ideal destination for solo travelers who appreciate art, history, and the tranquility of nature. Here are the top three places to stay in Clifton for solo travelers, along with reasons why they stand out:

1. Screen Door Inn

  • Quaint and Cozy : This charming inn offers a homey and intimate atmosphere, perfect for those seeking a quiet, comfortable retreat.
  • Convenient Location : Situated in downtown Clifton, it’s within walking distance of local shops, restaurants, and the Bosque Arts Center.
  • Unique Decor : Each room is uniquely decorated with modern and vintage elements, reflecting the town’s artistic spirit.
  • Link : Screen Door Inn

2. Lake Whitney RV Campground

  • Nature Immersion : Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, this campground provides direct access to Lake Whitney, offering opportunities for fishing, hiking, and bird-watching.
  • Variety of Lodging Options : Offers a range of accommodations from tent sites to cabins, catering to different preferences and experiences.
  • Community Atmosphere : The campground often hosts social events, providing a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers and locals.
  • Link : Lake Whitney RV Campground

3. Velkommen Inn

  • Historic Charm : This inn is housed in a beautifully restored landmark building, offering a glimpse into Clifton’s past.
  • Personalized Experience : Known for its warm hospitality and personalized service, making guests feel right at home.
  • Central to Attractions : Located near Clifton’s main attractions, including the Bosque Museum and the Clifton Classic Chassis Auto Museum.
  • Link : Velkommen Inn

Each of these accommodations offers something unique for solo travelers in Clifton. The Screen Door Inn provides a cozy and artsy environment in the heart of the town, the Lake Whitney RV Campground is perfect for those who love the outdoors and a sense of community, and the Velkommen Inn offers historic charm with personalized hospitality. Depending on whether you’re looking for a cultural, outdoor, or historical experience, each of these places provides a different perspective of what Clifton has to offer.

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Fort Davis is found in the Davis Mountain range in Texas and is surrounded by captivating landscapes. A trip to Fort Davis is excellent for mountain bikers, nature lovers, wildlife and bird enthusiasts, and those looking for a day trip to a place that offers many outdoor activities.

Fort Davis is most well-known for the Fort Davis National Historic Site, one of the best preserved military bases from 1854, and attracts many visitors yearly. This is one of the most popular attractions in Fort Davis, but there are a few more places worth visiting in Fort Davis that include:

  • Overland Trail Museum
  • Davis Mountains State Park
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Stargazing at McDonald Observatory
  • Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Botanical Garden
  • Rattlers and Reptiles

Fort Davis, Texas, nestled in the scenic Davis Mountains, is a haven for solo travelers seeking a blend of history, nature, and tranquility. This small town is known for its historical significance, clear night skies ideal for stargazing, and its proximity to the Davis Mountains State Park. Here are the top three places to stay in Fort Davis for solo travelers, along with reasons why they are appealing:

1. The Hotel Limpia

  • Historic Charm : Built in 1912, this hotel is a beautifully restored piece of Fort Davis’s history, offering a unique and immersive experience.
  • Beautiful Gardens and Views : The hotel features lush gardens and stunning views of the Davis Mountains.
  • Central Location : Situated in the heart of Fort Davis, it is close to local attractions like the Fort Davis National Historic Site and the McDonald Observatory.
  • Link : The Hotel Limpia

2. Davis Mountains Inn

  • Peaceful Retreat : Nestled in a quiet area, it’s ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation amidst nature.
  • Personalized Service : Known for its warm, friendly service, making solo travelers feel especially welcome.
  • Proximity to Outdoor Activities : It’s conveniently located near trails and natural attractions, perfect for hiking and bird watching.
  • Link : Davis Mountains Inn

3. Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel

  • Unique Experience : Offers a blend of a classic old-time drug store and modern hotel accommodations, providing a unique and memorable stay.
  • Dining Convenience : The on-site drug store includes a restaurant with a classic soda fountain, offering a convenient and enjoyable dining experience.
  • Central to Fort Davis Attractions : Located in the town center, it’s within walking distance of historic sites and local shops.
  • Link : Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel

Each of these accommodations in Fort Davis offers a unique experience for solo travelers. The Hotel Limpia provides a historic and scenic setting, the Davis Mountains Inn is perfect for those seeking a peaceful nature retreat, and the Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel offers a quirky and convenient option right in the heart of the town. Depending on your interests, whether in history, nature, or unique local experiences, these places offer a distinct aspect of Fort Davis’ charm.

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Blanco is a riverside town that offers guests a chance to visit some of the best breweries and wineries and has many outdoor activities to escape the Texan heat. Blanco, Texas, is known as the lavender capital of Texas, and the biggest attraction for locals is the Blanco River, where paddling, fishing, and swimming are enjoyed.

When solo tripping to Blanco, visit the Deutsch Apple, which has a selection of sweet and savory treats, but their most famous treat is the apple pecan cake. The lavender farm is a beautiful attraction in Blanco, and the lavender fields bloom from late May. A few other attractions in Blanco that you can explore on your include:

  • Garrison Brothers Distillery
  • Old 300 BBQ
  • Blanco Pioneer Museum
  • Buggy Barn Museum
  • Old Blanco County Courthouse

Blanco, Texas, known for its picturesque landscapes and tranquil environment, is a delightful destination for solo travelers. Its charm lies in the small-town atmosphere, scenic river views, and proximity to the Texas Hill Country and larger cities like Austin and San Antonio. Here are the top three places to stay in Blanco for solo travelers:

1. Blanco Riverside Cottages

  • Scenic Location : Situated by the Blanco River, these cottages offer serene river views and a peaceful environment, ideal for relaxation.
  • Privacy and Comfort : Each cottage is well-appointed, providing a comfortable and private retreat for solo travelers.
  • Proximity to Town : Located within walking distance of downtown Blanco, guests can easily access local shops, restaurants, and the historic Blanco Courthouse.
  • Link : Blanco Riverside Cottages

2. The Blanco Settlement

  • Riverside Cabins : Offers cozy riverside cabins with a rustic charm, perfect for those seeking a close-to-nature experience.
  • Outdoor Activities : Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and exploring the scenic surroundings.
  • Convenient Location : Close to both the Blanco State Park and the city center, providing a good balance of nature and local culture.
  • Link : The Blanco Settlement

3. Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites

  • Modern Amenities : A comfortable stay with modern amenities, including a fitness center and outdoor pool, ensures a relaxing visit.
  • Ideal for Longer Stays : With the convenience of a well-known hotel chain, it’s suited for solo travelers looking for familiar comforts, especially during longer stays.
  • Strategic Location : Positioned conveniently for visiting nearby attractions such as the Real Ale Brewing Company and local vineyards.
  • Link : Best Western Plus Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites

Each of these accommodations in Blanco caters to different preferences of solo travelers. While Blanco Riverside Cottages offer an intimate riverfront experience, The Blanco Settlement provides rustic charm and outdoor activities. The Best Western Plus, on the other hand, offers the reliability and amenities of a well-known hotel chain, suitable for those who prefer a more conventional hotel experience. Depending on whether you’re seeking tranquility, adventure, or modern convenience, each of these places can provide a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Blanco.

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Huntsville is a small town with interesting things to do. It is filled with parks, lagoons, and cultural heritage and is most known for its state penitentiary unit. Huntsville is an excellent place for all travelers and has the most beautiful blue lagoon, perfect for scuba divers.

Visiting a giant boot and hat house, kayaking and hiking, the Sam Houston Memorial, and the veteran’s museum. A few other activities you can enjoy on your solo trip to Huntsville are:

  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum
  • Huntsville State Park
  • Lottie’s Books
  • Downtown Huntsville
  • Sam Houston Wine Trail
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Texas Prison Museum

Huntsville, Texas, a town rich in history and natural beauty, is a great destination for solo travelers. It offers a unique blend of cultural attractions like the Texas Prison Museum, outdoor activities in the Sam Houston National Forest, and the charm of a small college town. Here are the top three places to stay in Huntsville for solo travelers:

1. Red Roof PLUS+ Huntsville

  • Comfort and Affordability : Known for its comfortable accommodations at an affordable price, making it an excellent choice for solo travelers on a budget.
  • Central Location : Conveniently located near Sam Houston State University, offering easy access to the campus and local downtown attractions.
  • Amenities : Provides essential amenities like free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and complimentary breakfast.
  • Link : Red Roof PLUS+ Huntsville

2. University Hotel at Sam Houston State University

  • Campus Experience : Located on the university campus, it’s perfect for those interested in experiencing the vibrancy of college life.
  • Cultural Access : Proximity to the university’s cultural and sporting events and academic facilities.
  • Modern Facilities : Offers modern, well-equipped rooms and facilities catering to the needs of solo travelers.
  • Link : University Hotel at SHSU

3. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Huntsville

  • Reliable Quality : As part of the Holiday Inn chain, it offers consistent and reliable quality that many solo travelers appreciate.
  • Recreational Amenities : Features amenities like an outdoor pool, fitness center, and a business center, suitable for both leisure and work-related stays.
  • Strategic Location : Situated near major attractions such as the HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas and the Huntsville State Park.
  • Link : Holiday Inn Express Huntsville

Each of these accommodations in Huntsville caters to the unique needs of solo travelers. The Red Roof PLUS+ offers an affordable and comfortable stay, the University Hotel immerses visitors in the college atmosphere, and the Holiday Inn Express provides a blend of leisure and business amenities. Depending on whether you’re seeking budget-friendly options, a cultural campus experience, or reliable quality with recreational facilities, these places ensure a pleasant and convenient stay in Huntsville.

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Austin is a safe and vibrant place to visit and one of the best places to explore when looking for solo trips. This Texan city is known as the world’s live music capital and offers vibrant entertainment, arts and culture, and many experiences.

Solo travelers can explore one of America’s most unique stops and enjoy great food and an assortment of craft beer from one of the many local breweries. Live music performances, hikes, and kayaking down Lady Bird Lake are fun activities you’ll experience on your solo trip to Austin. When in Austin, make sure to visit the following tourist spots too:

  • Barton Springs
  • Continental Club
  • Waterloo Records
  • Zilker Park
  • Franklin BBQ
  • Paramount Theatre
  • Texas State Capitol
  • Lake Travis Zip Lines

Austin, Texas, known for its vibrant music scene, diverse culinary experiences, and various cultural and outdoor activities, is a fantastic destination for solo travelers. Here are the top three places to stay in Austin for those exploring alone:

1. The LINE Austin

  • Central Location : Situated in the heart of downtown Austin, close to major attractions like the State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, and renowned music venues.
  • Stylish Comfort : Offers chic, comfortable rooms with stunning views of the city or lake, perfect for a solo retreat.
  • Social Scene : The hotel’s bars and restaurants are popular among locals and travelers, offering a great way to meet people.
  • Link : The LINE Austin

2. Hostel 512

  • Budget-Friendly : An affordable option for solo travelers, offering a chance to save money while staying in a trendy area.
  • Community Vibe : Provides a communal atmosphere with shared spaces and organized events, making connecting with other travelers easy.
  • Convenient Location : Located in the vibrant East Austin, it’s close to bars, restaurants, and live music venues.
  • Link : Hostel 512

3. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

  • Music-Themed Luxury : A music-themed hotel that reflects Austin’s cultural heritage, offering a unique and upscale experience.
  • Excellent Amenities : Features a rooftop pool, in-room spa services, and a live music venue.
  • Great Dining Options : The hotel’s restaurant, Geraldine’s, offers excellent dining and live music, catering to the solo palate and social experience.
  • Link : Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Each of these accommodations offers a unique experience for solo travelers in Austin. The LINE Austin combines style and a central location. Hostel 512 is ideal for those on a budget and looking to meet fellow travelers, and the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt offers a luxurious, music-infused stay. Depending on your preferences for style, budget, and social interaction, these options cater to various solo travel experiences in Austin.

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Safety Tips for Solo Travelers in Texas

Traveling solo can be a rewarding experience, but it also requires careful planning and awareness, especially regarding safety. Here are some safety tips for solo travelers exploring Texas:

  • Keep up-to-date with local news and weather forecasts, especially regarding extreme weather like hurricanes or severe storms, which can affect parts of Texas.
  • Be aware of any travel advisories or safety alerts in the areas you plan to visit.
  • Carry copies of important documents like your ID, passport, and travel insurance. Keep originals in a safe place, such as a hotel safe.
  • It’s also wise to have digital copies accessible in your email or cloud storage.
  • Keep your phone charged, and consider carrying a portable charger.
  • Inform someone you trust about your travel itinerary and check in regularly.
  • While meeting new people is great, be cautious about sharing personal information or travel plans.
  • Stay in well-lit, populated areas, especially at night.
  • Research neighborhoods and read reviews before booking accommodations.
  • Texas is a large state, and distances between cities can be vast. Ensure your vehicle is in good condition and comfortable with long drives.
  • Always have a map or GPS, and monitor fuel levels.
  • In cities like Houston and Dallas, use reputable public transportation systems.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially in bus or train stations.
  • Texas can be extremely hot, especially in summer. Carry water with you and stay hydrated.
  • Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses.
  • If hiking or camping, be aware of nature and follow all park guidelines.
  • If you are venturing into remote areas, always tell someone where you are.
  • 911 : For emergencies
  • Local Police Station : Have the contact information of local law enforcement in areas you are visiting.
  • Embassy or Consulate : If you’re an international traveler, keep the contact details of your embassy or consulate.
  • Consider downloading safety apps like “Noonlight” or “TripWhistle Global SOS,” which can alert authorities or contacts in an emergency.
  • Ensure you have travel insurance that covers your needs, including any adventure activities you plan to undertake.
  • Be mindful of local customs and norms. Texas is diverse, and cultural sensitivity is important.

Traveling solo in Texas can be a fantastic adventure. By taking the proper precautions and staying informed, you can enjoy a safe and memorable experience.

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Are you ready for your next solo adventure? Texas Travel Talk has some of the top places in Texas to travel solo in this article. I’m speaking primarily to solo female travelers. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve traveled the world alone. Some of my best travels have been just me. So, whether you need a quick escape from the everyday hustle or seek a serene nature retreat, the Lone Star State has everything from vibrant city ideas to tranquil getaways in the heart of nature.

Experience the vibrant city life of Austin , where live music, bustling food trucks, and eclectic art scenes are all around. Or head to San Antonio , where history and culture blend seamlessly, inviting you to explore its charming riverwalk and iconic Alamo. If you’re craving a nature retreat, the Big Bend National Park boasts breathtaking deserts, canyons, and mountains, perfect for hiking and stargazing.

And don’t miss the enchanting landscapes of the Texas Hill Country, with its picturesque wineries and charming small towns.

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Benefits of Traveling Solo

Solo travel offers many benefits that enhance personal growth and provide a unique sense of freedom. When you embark on a solo adventure, you can discover yourself, gain self-confidence, and create lasting memories. Traveling alone allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience, make spontaneous decisions, and connect with locals and fellow travelers in a way that is often more challenging when traveling in a group. You may even gain a new best friend. Additionally, traveling solo is the best way to break free from routine and step out of your comfort zone.

Solo travel also allows flexibility and independence, allowing you to explore at your own pace and indulge in activities that interest you the most. Whether you prefer to spend your days hiking through scenic landscapes, exploring cultural attractions, or simply relaxing on a beach, a solo weekend getaway in Texas can be tailored to your preferences and desires. And Texas is a great place to do this.

Top Places In Texas To Travel Solo

No matter where you choose to go, these solo weekend getaways across Texas promise adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this vast state on your terms.

Texas is a vast state with a diverse range of weekend getaway destinations catering to all types of travelers. Whether you’re seeking vibrant city life, tranquil nature retreats, or coastal escapes, Texas has something for everyone. Here are some of the top solo weekend getaway destinations in the state:

City Escapes In Texas For Solo Travel

Austin, houston, san antonio, fort worth & dallas.

Best Places In Texas to Travel Solo

Austin, Texas

As the capital of Texas, Austin is a vibrant city that never fails to impress. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin offers a lively music scene that can be enjoyed in its numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues. There’s a genre for everyone’s taste, from blues to rock, country to jazz. Austin would be my number one pick for traveling solo in Texas. There are plenty of places to go within walking distance, and you may not even need to rent a car if you fly.

But Austin is not just about music. The city also boasts a thriving food truck culture that will satisfy any palate. From Mexican tacos to gourmet burgers and health-conscious meals, you can find a wide variety of delicious fare served by the many food trucks scattered throughout the city. Indulge in the local flavors and experience a culinary adventure like no other.

Art lovers  will also find their place in Austin. The city has a vibrant art scene, with numerous galleries and museums showcasing diverse artwork. Explore the contemporary art installations at the  Blanton Museum of Art  or immerse yourself in the rich history of Texas at the  Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Don’t miss the chance to catch a live music performance at one of the numerous venues in the city. And if you need a break from the city, head to Lady Bird Lake for a paddleboarding session or take a relaxing hike through the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Another option is Zilker Metropolitan Park , Austin’s premium park, offering a natural spring-fed swimming pool, sculpture garden, stand-up paddle boarding, and scenic views of Austin.

If you’re a history buff, visit the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin and take a guided tour to learn about the state’s history and government.

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Houston, Texas

They say Dallas is big, but Houston is bigger. As the largest city in Texas, Houston offers many attractions and activities for solo travelers. Discover the Museum District (l ocated about 4 miles south of downtown Houston) , home to world-class museums such as the  Museum of Fine Arts  and the  Houston Museum of Natural Science . Explore the vibrant neighborhood of Montrose, known for its unique shops, art galleries, and trendy eateries. For nature enthusiasts, visiting  Buffalo Bayou Park is a must, offering picturesque walking trails, picnic spots, and stunning skyline views. Here are some popular tours in Houston.

Foodies can indulge in diverse cuisine at the vibrant food scene in Houston, from Tex-Mex to international flavors. Houston has public transportation such as the Metro Local Bus, Park & Ride, and Light Rail, and bicycles can be rented from any BCycle station with a credit card.

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San Antonio, Texas

Steeped in history and culture, San Antonio is a captivating city that blends old-world charm with modern attractions. Begin your exploration with a visit to the iconic Alamo, a symbol of Texas’ fight for independence. Stroll along the picturesque San Antonio River Walk, lined with restaurants, shops, and galleries, and enjoy a boat cruise to the sound of the tour guide’s chuckles as they tell the story of San Antonio. To taste local culture, visit the vibrant Historic Market Square , also known as El Mercado, where you can indulge in Tex-Mex cuisine and browse various unique shops. This dynamic marketplace is filled with colorful shops and stalls offering various Mexican handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs. Indulge in traditional Mexican cuisine at one of the many restaurants and savor the flavors of this vibrant culture.

Wander through the beautiful  San Antonio Botanical Garden , featuring a variety of themed gardens and stunning plant collections.

No visit to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the Alamo, the historic site where the famous battle for Texas independence occurred. Explore the grounds, learn about this significant landmark’s rich history, and find yourself in the stories of bravery and sacrifice that shaped Texas.

Will you bring your bike? If so, you’re lucky here, as San Antonio has a few bike trails. The San Antonio River Walk Hike & Bike Path is a 30-mile asphalt and concrete trail from Brackenridge Park (3700 N St Mary’s St.) to Mission Park.

Mission Trail hike & bike system is a 13.9-mile loop trail that covers San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions: San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada. Start at San Antonio River and S. Alamo Street Bridge. Considered an easy route. Expect about 4 hours or so to complete. Watch for bird species along the trail.

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John Wayne Museum at the Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth, Texas

Consider visiting Fort Worth if you haven’t yet. Many think Dallas is better than Cowtown. But Big D, just 30 minutes east of Fort Worth, is not better, just different. Both cities have something different for the solo traveler to explore.

When visiting Fort Worth, you’ll want to put the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards high on your list, especially if you like western wear and honky tonks, and even luxury gifts. This area in the city has it all …and cowboys and longhorns to boot. Longhorn cattle drives on E. Exchange Street happen twice daily – 11:30 am and 4 pm. And you may very well see a horse inside a bar as it’s legal to bring horses inside a bar in Texas!

There used to be free parking everywhere, but it’s hard to find now. But once you park, the area is entirely walkable.

Another part of the city to explore is Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. It’s also walkable and has lots of shopping and restaurants, plus Bass Hall, where you can see a live performance, is there, too. Here is a complete Travel Guide to Fort Worth for more information about the city.

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Dallas, Texas

Suppose you’re curious about the history of our 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. If you are, there are plenty of attractions in the historic district of Dallas that depict his life. One popular tour is the JFK Assassination And Museum Tour , but there are many more.

You could take a solo trip to Fort Worth and Dallas on the same weekend. The Dallas/Fort Worth airport is in between both cities and is very convenient to both cities.

Retreat To Nature In Texas For The Solo Traveler

Big bend national park, guadalupe mountains national park, and palo duro canyon state park.

When traveling to West Texas, these worldwide known parks take reign. From hiking in nature to rock climbing to breathtaking views, these parks in Texas make the best solo trips. Make all your plans before you go. Grab a map, your hiking shoes, and water, and go! I will say this – when hiking alone, make sure you have everything you need, and please let someone know wherever you are at all times.

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is a true oasis for nature lovers in southwestern Texas. With its diverse ecosystem, including deserts, canyons, and mountains, the park offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Hike through the Chisos Mountains, home to stunning vistas and diverse wildlife. Take a scenic drive along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, which offers stunning vistas and opportunities for wildlife spotting. Embark on a river trip along the Rio Grande, where you can kayak or canoe through canyons and enjoy the tranquility of the river. And as night falls, experience stargazing like never before in one of the darkest night skies in the United States.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in western Texas. Home to the highest peak in Texas, the park offers a variety of hiking trails that showcase its rugged beauty. Explore the iconic Guadalupe Peak Trail, which leads to the summit of Guadalupe Peak and rewards hikers with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. For a more leisurely experience, stroll through McKittrick Canyon, known for its vibrant fall foliage.

Conquer the Guadalupe Peak Trail, a challenging but rewarding hike that leads to the highest peak in Texas.

Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the park by hiking along the McKittrick Canyon Trail. Take a guided tour of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, located just across the border in New Mexico, to witness the stunning underground formations.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Photo Credit: Chastity V.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed. Located in the Texas Panhandle, the park offers dramatic vistas, colorful rock formations, and a variety of outdoor activities. Hike through the canyon’s numerous trails, such as the 2.8-mile Lighthouse Trail, which leads to a unique rock formation resembling a lighthouse. Take a scenic drive along the park’s rim to fully appreciate its beauty. Don’t forget to catch a performance of the TEXAS Outdoor Musical  in an outdoor amphitheater within the park on selective days.

Enchanted Rock State Park

Enchanted Rock State Park is a site to see, not in West Texas but in the Texas Hill Country. Plus, there are many places to stay overnight close to the park. If you like wine and scenic drives, this area has over 100 wineries and vineyards on scenic roads in the hill country. Here is what writer Penny did on her recent solo trip to Texas Wine Country .

Tips For Solo City Escapes in Texas

Even though I’ve been traveling alone for quite some time, I’m seeing female solo travel rise within my realm of friends. It’s hard to find someone to travel with at my age because of family obligations. When you’re young, not so many things are holding you back. Planning a solo trip requires carefully considering how you’ll get there, where you will stay, and figuring out an itinerary.

Here are some travel tips to help you plan an enjoyable trip.

Transportation

Having a car is often the most convenient option when getting around big cities in Texas, as many attractions are spread out. Driving your car or renting a car allows you the flexibility to explore at your own pace and venture off the beaten path. However, alternative transportation options are available if you prefer not to drive or have no car access. Our major cities have well-developed public transportation systems, including buses and light rail, which can be used to navigate within the city. Additionally, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are widely available in urban areas.

Accommodation

When choosing accommodations for your solo trip, consider location, safety, and budget. For city escapes, look for centrally located hotels or boutique accommodations that offer easy access to attractions and public transportation. If you’re seeking a nature retreat, consider camping or staying in cabins within or near the parks.

Before setting off on your solo adventure, create a flexible itinerary that includes a mix of must-see attractions and free time for exploration and relaxation. Consider joining guided tours or activities to enhance your experience and meet fellow travelers.

Last, I recommend hiring a local guide whenever possible to show you around if you’ve never been to a city. Whenever I go on walking tours with a guide, I learn much more about the place than on a self-guided walking tour.

Tips For Nature Retreats in Texas

While solo travel can be an enriching experience, it’s essential to prioritize your safety, especially if it’s your first solo trip to parks such as these magnitudes. Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Research your destination beforehand and familiarize yourself with local customs, laws, and potential safety concerns.
  • Share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member and keep them updated on your whereabouts.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe or uncomfortable, remove yourself from it.
  • Avoid walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas. Opt for well-lit and populated areas, and consider using rideshare services or taxis when necessary.
  • Keep your valuables secure and be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas.
  • Carry a copy of your important documents, such as your passport and identification, and store the originals safely.
  • Stay connected by having a reliable means of communication, such as a fully charged phone, and ensure you can access emergency contact numbers.
  • Following these safety tips and staying vigilant, you can enjoy a safe and worry-free solo weekend getaway in Texas.

Texas offers a multitude of options for solo travelers seeking fun getaways. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant city or the natural wonders of our national parks, there is something for everyone in the Lone Star State. Peek at these top places in Texas to travel solo, pick your favorite, and explore!

One thing that is fun on a solo trip is train rides. Did you know there are scenic train rides in Texas to enjoy, whether alone or with family? There is!

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About Kim Croisant

Kim Croisant is a freelance writer and owner/writer at Texas Travel Talk and a native Texan living north of Fort Worth. When not writing about travel destinations (not just in Texas), restaurants, and hotels, she is most likely juggling family life, caring for her mother, and raising her grandson. She loves red wine, chips & dip, and travel magazines. Follow her on Instagram @texastraveltalk.

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Solo Traveler Guide in Sugar Land, TX

Please note that we strive to post the most current and accurate information, but changes do happen. Check the official business and event websites to confirm all details before your trip.

You don’t need a group to get away. In fact, let us inspire you to dive into a sweet new experience that may lead to self-discovery. Below you’ll find something for a trip that can appeal to all your senses.

Cullinan Park trails

Hike the trails at Cullinan Park with the whole family.

Take in the sights of the “Sweetest City in Texas” with gorgeous green spaces and attractions that’ll keep your eyes moving. Rent out a self-service kayak at Sugar Land Memorial Park for a day of scenic view. Stroll along the city’s many hiking trails with some rather striking ones at Cullinan Park and Brazos River Park . Keep your eyes open for the local wildlife, including different species of birds at Cullinan Park, which is part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s statewide birding trail, the Katy Prairie Loop .

Visitor Tip : Keep coming back to check off every bird on the checklist .

Our parks not only provide the perfect backdrop for breathtaking photos, but you’ll also want to capture some interactive images with our Public Art. Tap here for our list of top photo spots in Sugar Land for more ideas. 

To preview other parks in Sugar Land, check out this photo gallery for inspiration  here . 

Stop in for a visit at Sugar Land’s attractions, including several museums. See the stars and dinosaurs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land , or view artifacts and a timeline of Sugar Land’s history at the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center .

Constellation Field at night during a Space Cowboys game

Did you know Constellation Field has a Texas-shaped scoreboard? 

Reminisce in the smells of your first baseball game as you cheer for the home team of the Houston Astros AAA-affiliated, Sugar Land Space Cowboys  at Constellation Field. From its freshly-mown Bermuda-grass surface to the space-themed playground, freshly popped popcorn and roasting hot dogs, you’ll realize why baseball is known as America’s favorite pastime.

Please note: Baseball season kicks off In April. Check calendar  before planning a trip. 

Pottery wheel at Smashed Clay

Make a reservation at Smashed Clay and create a piece of pottery solo or as a couple's challenge.

Get your hands dirty with a DIY project to commemorate your trip. Test your creative boundaries with canvas painting at Painting with a Twist , a personalized board sign or tray at The Rustic Brush , mosaics and candle-making at The Artsy Soul , and dichroic glass jewelry at Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio . Gather a group of friends for a BYOB pottery class at Smashed Clay located at Sugar Land Town Square and then, grab dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants. Check out more DIY workshops in Sugar Land . 

Don’t feel like DIY during this trip? Swing by the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center or locally-owned shop  139Made located at the plaza at Sugar Land Town Square  to snag a couple of Sugar Land branded souvenirs.

Lasbela Restaurant food spread

Delicious Pakistani cuisine awaits you at Lasbela. Photo: @lasbelarestaurant

Sugar Land’s global community is showcased front and center with the cuisines offered within its city limits. The taste of New American cuisine and our neighbors to the east in Louisiana are brought home with Vino & Vinyl and The Rouxpour . Delicious Tex-Mex is offered at La Tapatia and local favorite, Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. serves up unique variations of its namesake, pizzas and waffles. A who’s who guide of a tour of East Asian cuisine include: authentic Chinese Sichuan at Cooking Girl , Vietnamese pho at Sit Lo, Korean bibimbap at Jang Geum Tofu & BBQ , Hokkien Mee noodles at Singapore Café , pad thai from Naha Thai , and sushi from Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar . You can also grab tantalizing North Indian food at Naseeb Indian Restaurant , Pakistani cuisine at Lasbela Restaurant and Catering , traditional and modern Indian cuisine at Mahesh's Kitchen , and Mediterranean gyros at Nikoz Fusion Grill .

You can’t leave the “Sweetest City in Texas” without having a taste of our mouth-watering desserts: macarons at Mon Cheri Macarons , soft serve ice-cream and freshly made churros at Red Circle ice-cream, mochi donuts at The Sweet Boutique Bakery , house-made fudge at Kilwin’s , cream puffs at Mia’s Goodies , and much, much more!

Hope we've tempted you enough to start planning your trip to begin exploring Sugar Land's global cuisine and sweet eats. 

Click Here for a full list of Sugar Land Restaurants

With so much food to choose from, you’re going to be thrilled you don’t have to share.

Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land live concert

Feel the adrenaline of a live concert at our state-of-the-art performance venue. 

The murmur of small city life erupts into internationally-renowned talent at the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land . This indoor live entertainment venue hosts acts ranging from comedy shows to Broadway performances to legendary music acts from around the globe.

You can also find live entertainment with the local theatre group, Inspiration Stage . Their repertoire includes Lion King Jr., Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Nemo, Mean Girls, and Fiddler on the Roof. Lastly, don’t pass up on FREE live entertainment available at Sugar Land Town Square throughout the year.

Click Here for a List of Events

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So what are you waiting for? Book your trip and stay at one of our hotels for a sweet taste of Southern hospitality at its finest.  If you need help planning an itinerary, please don't hesitate in reaching out to the Visit Sugar Land team at [email protected] 

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Mystic Woods Cabin bed

Texas Ranch Retreat for the Solo Traveler

Traveling with friends and family can be fun, but sometimes booking a trip on your own can be so rewarding. Ditch the expectation of conforming to someone else’s itinerary and create your own. Our charming Texas bed and breakfast cabins and guest houses provide a safe and comfortable environment for the solo traveler in the countryside.

Spectacular Solo Travel Accommodations

Dog Trot Magnolia Room

Our best recommendations for solo travel accommodations are these private and secluded spaces where you can get away from it all:

  • The Enchanted Cabin  is nestled deep in woods near Enchanted Lake on our ranch, and is perfect for a weekend hideaway. Make yourself a meal in the the fully stocked kitchen, relax in the soaking tub in the bedroom, or lounge in the hot tub outside near the the nice open front deck.
  • The  Sunset Pond Cabin  is a very private  one-bedroom cabin in the woods featuring a front porch offering a view of the pond with pier. Wake up to bird songs, watch the sunset, make use of the fully-stocked kitchen or cook outside on the grill or private fire pit.
  • The  Mystic Woods Cabin  is a small, single-room cabin hidden amongst the live oaks. Make your own meal in the kitchen, soak away the stress in the jetted tub, relax in front of the gas fireplace, and enjoy the outdoors on the front porch. You can even lounge in your own private hot tub in the woods off the back deck, and rinse off in your private outdoor shower!
  • The  Magnolia Suite  is features a pool (not heated) and large deck surrounded by large live oaks. Relax on the front porch in a rocker facing a serene pasture. The fully furnished kitchen features a large farm table in dining area and there is a large, stationary BBQ pit in the backyard. Enjoy a fire in the fireplace (wood furnished by BlissWood), or a soak in the jetted tub.

Once you’ve settled in, take a long, relaxing walk in nature, sit by the lake for some personal contemplation, or head to the barn to interact with our animals. Arrange a horseback ride with our experienced wrangler. Listen to the morning bird songs, watch the sunsets, or gaze at the starry night skies.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at archery, tomahawk/knife throwing, or even trapshooting — our experienced instructor will have you hitting your targets in no time.

Sumptuous Solo Dining

Tilapia dinner

Specials for Solo Travelers

Woman with dog companion

To make your Texas vacation complete, we offer you the Solo Traveler Package . Enjoy some time all to yourself with this package curated just for you.

  • Upon arrival, indulge in chocolate-dipped strawberries in your cabin or suite, savor a cheese and cracker plate (add a bottle of Champagne if you desire for additional charge*). Do it – you’re worth it!
  • The next morning you can experience a feeding tour where you can interact with the animals on the ranch.
  • After the feeding tour, meet your special companion dog to give you some puppy love all day! (We will retrieve your companion dog before evening time).
  • Take a contemplative walk in nature, and afterwards a picnic will be set up for you in the gazebo at the Enchanted Lake.
  • In the afternoon enjoy a massage in your lodging.

*Add bottle of champagne for $20 (Yes please!)

Hopefully, we’ve thought of everything that can make your stay complete. Check out all the specials we offer and design the perfect individual trip for your solo adventure!

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Best 7 Things to do Solo in Austin

The Best 7 Things to do Solo in Austin

Hi friends! I’m back from a quick weekend trip to Austin, Texas. I ended up meeting a gf who was out there for work and we extended through the weekend. What a quirky little city!

We did a lot of these but I took a lot of notes on what I would have done if I had taken this trip solo. This list is full of fun activities that’ll give you time to yourself AND help you meet friends! 💕

Bar hopping in Austin, Tx

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Austin is a super walkable city. I was stunned, especially coming from hill-city Seattle! They have bike lanes on almost every street. 

One // Rent a Scooter or a Bike!

They are everywhere! On almost every block downtown and in the popular tourist areas of this city. Austin is so flat, you’ll feel comfortable rolling from place to place.

Two // Check 1.5 Million Bats Fly from Congress Bridge

This is something I would have done on a solo trip. Every night at sunset, thousands of bats fly out from under the Congress Bridge . 

It’s also known as the bat city and it’s all over their memorabilia. 

Three // Go Live Music Hopping

There is music EVERYWHERE and at all times of day in Austin! I loved walking through every venue/bar and hearing different bands on stage. It’s easy to swing in, grab a drink, and carry on. 🎸

Four // Rent a Kayak or a Paddle Board on the River 

Austin has such great weather. December’s lowest was 59* and, honestly, grab a sweater and still go. You won’t regret the exercise or the laziness of the River.

Word to the wise, try not to swim or get water on you. It’s definitely not the cleanest. 😅

Downtown Austin Nightscape

Five // Create your own Food Truck Tour!

After live music, Austin is also known for its innovative and unique food trucks. They have everything imaginable. From fried chicken in your tacos to a beloved Banana stand! 

Super recommend going to South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (1311 S 1st St.) for some of my favorite trucks!

Six // Explore & Shop through South Congress

Aka SoCo. This area is so cute and funky. They have a real mix of easy-going 70s vibes, whitewashed over the 1950s. I love this area. It’s very popular with instagrammers and I can see why. The colors and unique murals make amazing backgrounds for photos.

Seven //  Check out the First Ever Whole Foods

Seems random but this Whole Foods is huge! Not only that but it’s so big that they’re able to have an ice skating rink on top of it during the winter season. The food bar feels like a mile long and its also in a great location.

Am I missing anything from this list?? I honestly loved just walking through Austin. It’s super colorful and full of very friendly people. 

It’s also a really well-known girls’ trip destination for all ages. So, if you’re looking for a girly getaway this is it!

Happy Travels, friend! ✈️

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Solo Female Travel In Texas: The Ultimate Guide (With Map!)

By Jody Phifer. This guide to travel alone in Texas contains affiliate links to trusted partners!

Interested in doing some solo female travel in Texas , but need help with the planning?

Then you’re in the right place!

As we locals know, everything is bigger and better in Texas. There are so many amazing options for solo weekend getaways in Texas as well as for longer stays.

Here, you can hike in the desert, explore the piney woods, shop in the big city, or lounge on the beach. And if you want to experience all that The Lone Star State has to offer for yourself, keep reading to learn all you need to know about solo travel in Texas.

After reading, you’ll understand how to get to Texas, the best ways to get around once you arrive, tips for addressing safety concerns, where to take the best solo trips in Texas, expected travel costs, and much more!

Quick tip: While Texas is safe for solo travel, it’s still smart to pack travel safety essentials . One top pick is the She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm , which is TSA-approved and can help scare away potential attackers. Other recommendations include Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments and Speakeasy Travel Supply Hidden Pocket Scarves .

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But first, before we go over our solo female travel Texas guide, I invite you to grab a seat in Jessie’s  free Savvy Solo Traveler E-Course .

The 6-day course is designed to help you feel confident about booking your first solo trip and exploring the world alone.

Lessons include:

  • Common solo travel fears and how to overcome them
  • How to choose your perfect solo trip
  • How to tell loved ones you’re hitting the road solo
  • Mentally preparing for your solo journey without losing your mind
  • Essential steps for staying safe on a solo trip
  • How to take amazing solo selfies

Once you’ve  grabbed your seat , read on to dive into our solo travel guide to Texas!

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Is Solo Female Travel In Texas Safe?

According to Travel Safe – Abroad , Texas is a safe state for female travelers. While exact crime statistics vary from city to city, overall there is a low risk of terrorism, scams, and pickpocketing. This helps to make it one of the best solo trips in the US .

Of course, crime can and does happen here, though it is more concentrated in the bigger cities like Houston, especially in downtown areas where you will want to be on higher alert. 

To stay safe, try to give off an impression of self-assurance — think head held high and shoulders back — and use common sense. This means concealing any valuables to avoid pickpockets and being aware of your surroundings at all times.

If you’re not sure about venturing to certain areas, especially after dark, ask a local — such as a female member of the hotel staff.

solo female traveler looking out at a field of Texas bluebonnet flowers

Where Is Texas?

Texas is the second-largest state in the USA , in terms of both population and land mass. The Lone Star State covers 268,597 square miles, and the population is around 30 million.

In terms of location, Texas is the most central of the southern states.

There are borders between Texas and four US states:

On the southern side, Texas borders Mexico . The state also boasts more than 350 miles of coastline and its shores are lapped by the Gulf of Mexico. 

Getting To Texas

Texas is among the best-connected states in the US. The fact that Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is one of the busiest hubs in the country helps to make solo vacations in Texas simple.

In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation , Texas has almost 400 airports open to the public!

That being said, flying in isn’t the only option. You may already be a Texas resident or wish to take a solo road trip to Texas from another state. If you want to drive, the good news is that there are more miles of highway here than in any other US state. 

The state highway system includes interstate and US highways, as well as state highways and many other roads. Texans drive on the left and it’s legal to pass on the right as long as there’s not a solid dividing line or a No Passing Zone sign.

It’s important to remember that Texas is big! Many first-time visitors underestimate how far apart things can be. If you want to see a large portion of the state, you will need to be prepared to drive — a lot! 

For example, if you want to spend time in trendy Dallas and then head to Big Bend National Park, that drive will take you about eight hours.

So, make sure to do your research ahead of time so you don’t try to pack in too much at once. You also want to allow plenty of time to get from Point A to Point B.

Trains and Buses

Texas has around 20 Amtrak stations. You can reach Texas from other states via services such as the Heartland Flyer, a daily passenger train that travels between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. 

Another option is to use Greyhound buses. There are around 150 stopping points throughout Texas.

Do take extra care if you choose this option, especially when departing from or arriving at more remotely located bus stops. Planning ahead for onward travel is always a very wise move and can help solo female travelers in Texas stay safe.

highways of downtown Dallas as seen from above

Getting Around Texas As A Solo Traveler

For a solo trip to Texas, you may prefer to drive your own vehicle or a rental car. The state has a comprehensive road network – with business, farm, recreational, and toll roads as well as US, state, and interstate highways.

For safety reasons, it’s always best to stick to major routes where possible. 

Many of the Amtrak stations in Texas are served by the Texas Eagle. The Sunset Limited and Heartland Flyer services also stop at some of the stations. You can also use national or local buses, or fly between some destinations. 

For instance, if you want to take a solo trip to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, or San Antonio, it is easiest to fly into Texas. You can then use public transport to get around town. Uber, Lyft, and taxis are plentiful in all of these major cities.

For a trip involving more than one destination, driving is typically your best bet. The same applies when you want to visit places like Big Bend National Park, as the closest major airport is 235 miles away in Midland/Odessa. 

Renting A Car For Your Solo Trip To Texas

One recommendation for those needing to rent a car for their Texas travels is Discover Cars , a platform that lets you quickly compare your rental options.

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Texas Solo Travel Map 

To help give you a lay of the land, here is a map. It has most of the main points and solo activities mentioned in this guide to taking a Texas solo trip pre-plotted:

solo female travel Texas map

Click here for the interactive version of the Texas map .

You can easily save it to your phone to have a guide to female-friendly travel in Texas ready to go in Google Maps.

Top Places To Travel Alone In Texas 

While there are pros and cons to solo travel , one of the biggest benefits of traveling alone is you are in complete control over your itinerary. And while there are many places to enjoy solo travel in Texas, here are some of my top picks:

1) Dallas and Fort Worth 

I’ve lived in the Dallas area since 2006. Located in northern Texas, it’s a very popular place to visit thanks to the many interesting things to do for all ages here.

Dallas skyline at sunset

If you fly into the state, you’re more likely to arrive here than anywhere else. You also get two for the price of one here, because Fort Worth is only 30 miles from Dallas and shouldn’t be missed if you want to experience authentic Texas charm.

When you first arrive to Dallas, grab your walking shoes and take a city tour to get your bearings while seeing the highlights. Group tours also offer a great way to meet fellow explorers. A few popular options include:

  • Dallas and JFK Cruizer Tour
  • JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
  • Sightseeing Tour of Dallas

NFL fans won’t want to miss seeing AT&T Stadium , the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Additionally, take in the best view of the city from Reunion Tower , a 561-foot observation deck that also stands as an iconic landmark.

Love art? Make sure to explore Deep Ellum – an artsy mural-filled neighborhood that is also known as the live music capital of North Texas – as well as the Bishop Arts District , a walkable area filled with street art, boutiques, diverse dining, and local makers.

looking up at the Reunion Tower in Dallas while traveling solo in Texas

But, that’s not all. Top historic and cultural attractions include the:

  • Sixth Floor Museum , where you can learn about John F. Kennedy’s life, the legacy he left behind, and interesting details of his assassination which happened right in Dallas.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza , a huge concrete structure designed to echo the sense of loss and shock felt by the world after the assassination.
  • Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum , dedicated to the history of the Holocaust of World War II, promoting human rights, and combating prejudice, bigotry, and hatred.
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science , where you can view huge dinosaur skeletons, peruse gorgeous gemstones and minerals, and test your speed by racing a cheetah — just to name a few of the many onsite experiences.
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library , where you can learn about the Bush family, sit in the Oval Office replica, and be moved by the 9/11 exhibit.
  • African American Museum of Dallas , where you can educate yourself on Black history and culture as well as view one of the USA’s largest collections of folk art.

If you’re interested in nature, be sure to explore Dallas’ Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park — though be careful after dark in this area — or the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Garden .

Shoppers can enjoy a high-end village-style retail experience at Highland Park Village or head to Main Street Grapevine for a more local small-town feel.

Speaking of Grapevine , this city is the best place to stay in the area because it is where the airport is located, is right in the center of everything, and is safe.

Hotel Vin is the perfect place to stay in Grapevine as it’s located on historic Main Street. Here you’ll be within walking distance to loads of local restaurants, shopping, and even the Grapevine Vintage Railroad . This railroad allows you to take an authentic 1920s Victorian coach through various Texas cities before ending at the Historic Stockyard Station in Fort Worth.

By the way, the Dallas/Fort Worth area — along with the suburbs surrounding it — feels like one big city. You can’t tell when you leave one and enter another, so feel free to explore beyond the Dallas Downtown Historic District to make the most of your trip!

For instance, also near Dallas is Plano , a city known for its great restaurants, parks, events, and activities.

Dallas Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Dallas . Dallas Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Dallas .

2) Austin  

When it comes to Texas destinations for solo female travelers, Austin should definitely be on your list.

Austin is the capital of Texas, and among the best places for solo female travelers to visit. It is located in central Texas in an area known as the Texas Hill Country .

Austin has a cool and funky vibe and boasts some really nice boutique hotels to stay in — such as the Kimber Modern Boutique Hotel . It’s a favorite among music fans, who head to Austin for the unbeatable live music scene.

Foodies will also love Austin. As with accommodations, there are lots of stylish places to eat in this city. If you want to sample the top spots, plan ahead and make a reservation to ensure you get a seat.

Natural attractions in Austin include Zilker Botanical Garden within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the downtown area. You can also find Barton Springs Pool inside this park. It is beautiful, occupies three acres, and is perfect for cooling down during hot summer days. 

solo female traveler in Texas swimming in Barton Creek Pool in Austin

A few other outdoor solo travel ideas for Texas include cycling or walking by Lady Bird Lake on the Colorado River or enjoying a solo beach trip to Shoal Beach at Town Lake Metropolitan Park .

Want to take in a gorgeous view? Make the 10-minute walk up to Mount Bonnell , aka Covert Park, for sweeping views over the city from 781 feet!

Beyond Austin’s city limits, there are also plenty of hiking trails to follow. You can check out some of the top hiking trails nearby here .

The Texas State Capitol can also be found in Downtown Austin. Built of red Texas granite, it is the largest capitol building in the country, even taller than the U.S. Capitol building! It sits on 22 beautiful acres right in the heart of downtown and offers free tours where you can learn the history of the building.

Other cultural and historic hotspots include the:

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum , the state’s official history museum with permanent and traveling exhibits, artifacts, and movies covering the history of Texas.
  • South Congress (SoCo) District , known for its bohemian energy, funky boutiques, and many murals. It’s also very near to the famous “Greetings From Austin” mural that you’ll likely want to snap a photo with.
  • Driskill Hotel , the oldest operating hotel in Austin known for its stunning Romanesque architecture and its National Register of Historic Places designation. It’s also fun to visit on a creepy Austin Murder Walk tour .
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum , where you can learn about his becoming president on the heels of JFK’s assassination, see countless gifts he received as president from all over the world, and more.

Austin Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Austin . Austin Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Austin .

3) San Antonio  

There are plenty of things to do alone in San Antonio — like the San Antonio River Walk , which should be at the top of your itinerary. Located in the social heart of San Antonio, solo travelers will enjoy food, drinks, shopping, and art while enjoying a breezy walk along the water.

Because this area is so enjoyable, it’s recommended to stay right on the river at a property like the Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk .

This will allow you to walk to many of the local attractions and you’ll be in a prime location to take a scenic riverboat tour ! 

restaurants along the San Antonio Riverwalk at night

For anyone interested in history, the 18th-century Alamo is a key sight to see, due to its part in the fight for Texan independence. The tours they offer are excellent and educational.

The Alamo has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2015. In fact, there are four other Spanish colonial missions at the site too.

Love to eat? San Antonio is also a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, making it another great Texan destination for foodies who want to sample flavors beyond Tex-Mex and tacos. In San Antonio, you can savor food from all over the globe — from Europe to Asia and beyond! 

Apart from the riverside, missions, and fine food, San Antonio also offers the lovely Japanese Tea Garden , the flower-filled San Antonio Botanical Garden , the underground Natural Bridge Caverns , and the Catholic San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral — which is one of the oldest active cathedrals in the US. 

These attractions are great additions to any Texas travel itinerary for women!

San Antonio Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in San Antonio . San Antonio Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in San Antonio .

4) Davis Mountains State Park/Marfa

The Davis Mountains are in West Texas, close to Fort Davis . They were named after Jefferson F. Davis, who was the Confederate States president between 1861 and 1865. 

Don’t forget to pack your hiking shoes ! This state park is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, scenic drives, stargazing, wildlife, and more. 

The area offers a rugged range of mountains to explore. These mountains reach over 8,300 feet above sea level and were first formed by volcanic activity in the Chihuahuan Desert area that has since been shaped by wind and water.

Dotted across the area you’ll also find private ranches and wildlife preserves.

road leading to the Davis Mountains

While remote, this area is safe for those traveling alone — though you should of course keep some solo hiking tips in mind. This includes packing proper hiking attire as well as bringing travel safety gear , among other advice.

You might also opt to book a guided hike or program through the park’s events page .

Within Davis Mountains State Park, solo female travelers in Texas can take in epic views — including vistas that rival the more well-known Big Bend National Park.

The Davis Mountains are actually part of the southern Rocky Mountains and are sometimes called the Texas Alps. That being said, it’s something of a hidden gem, so head here if you crave peace, space, and beautiful desert scenery. 

These mountains loom over Marfa , a small western desert town that is sure to surprise you. With far more than its fair share of art galleries and installations, it has emerged as an art lover’s dream.

Marfa is also famous for the Marfa Lights — ghostly glowing orbs of unknown origin that mysteriously appear in the area near Route 67.

Fort Davis is mainly used as the gateway to the state park. At 8,382 feet, Mount Livermore (aka Baldy Peak or Mount Baldy) is the highest peak in the park. It’s the second-highest point in Texas, after Guadalupe Peak.

If heading to this area, you’ll want to stay in Marfa. It’s a quirky town with many fun lodging options such as The Lincoln Marfa .

Marfa Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Marfa . Marfa Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Marfa .

5) Big Bend National Park

No Texas travel guide for solo female travelers would be complete without mentioning Big Bend National Park, which is like a microcosm of Texas. Here you can see North America’s biggest desert, the Chihuahuan Desert .

You can also explore the Chisos Mountains , a range that stretches for about 20 miles through the heart of the park.

When driving to the Big Bend area, don’t miss the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive — which stretches for 30 miles in the direction of Santa Elena Canyon and the Castolon Historic District.

The Castolon Historic District (also known as La Harmonia Ranch and Campo Santa Helena) located in the park, was a small community first settled in 1901. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and several original buildings remain.

The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is considered the best sightseeing route in the park because of the great variety of scenery, including rocky landscapes and wildflowers in season (late February through October).

sunrise over the peaks in Big Bend National Park in Texas

If you like to hike, there are several short routes along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to take. These include the Santa Elena Canyon Loop at the end.

Just 7.9 miles from the beginning of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is Sotol Vista , a lookout spot that provides a gorgeous view of the park and Santa Elena Canyon in the distance. It’s also a great place for seeing the stars.

Two other trails offering epic views that should not be missed are the Window Trail and the Lost Mine Trail .

Big Bend also offers wildlife watching, hot springs, canoeing, and clear night skies for stargazing. Try to time your trip during a new moon to have the best view of the star-filled sky. It is truly spectacular! 

Note that if you’re nervous about exploring the outdoors on your own, the park hosts a Join A Ranger program where you take part in guided hikes and experiences. Additionally, a number of local companies offer guided park tours and hikes, like Hiking Big Bend .

Lodging in the park is very limited and basic; however, the nearby town of Terlingua is close and offers many options such as the Sierra Dome Escape or The Santa Elena Room .

Big Bend National Park Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels near Big Bend National Park . Big Bend National Park Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in and around Big Bend National Park .

Tips For Taking A Solo Trip To Texas 

Now that we’ve gone over some of the best destinations for solo female travelers in Texas, let’s talk about important advice to keep in mind.

Plan ahead & stay cool

This is one of the most important Texas travel tips for women.

For safety reasons and to make the most of your time in Texas, be sure to plan ahead. Decide how you’ll get there and travel around, also checking on distances between locations. Moreover, it can get extremely hot in Texas in the summer, so prepare accordingly.

Don’t encumber yourself with unnecessary luggage when traveling alone in Texas. Pack what you need only, plus one spare top and a set of underwear. You can always buy more clothes, or do some laundry if for some reason you do run out of clean garments. 

Be a culture vulture

Exploring museums and other cultural attractions is ideal for lone female travelers in Texas. It’s a great way to delve deeper into your destination and can be one of the best ways to make your money go further too. Chat it up with the locals to learn more about the area and get even more fantastic recommendations.

Make the most of the parks

Whether it’s a national park, a state park, or a city park, parks are one of the highlights of any solo visit to Texas.

There are many city parks to choose from in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. They make great places to grab some fresh air and exercise and are mostly free to visit.

While Big Bend National Park is an obvious choice, the Davis Mountains State Park is also off the beaten path and will be less crowded in peak times. 

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Create memories

When you’re out and about, taking photographs can be a great way to distract yourself from any self-consciousness about being alone. Likewise, writing in a travel journal can give you something constructive to do when alone in your hotel room in the evenings and creates a great memento of your travels. 

Remember top safety tips for solo female travel in Texas

It’s best to stick to major routes when traveling from place to place. Additionally, keep valuables — such as phones and credit cards — close to you to avoid pickpockets in major tourist areas.

Tips For Solo Dining In Texas

You’ll of course need to eat while traveling alone in Texas. Here are a few tips for dining solo with confidence:

Breakfast first

Don’t be daunted by the prospect of dining alone! If you do feel that way, try heading out for breakfast, brunch, or lunch before booking a table for dinner. Being in public for casual meals can feel more relaxed for the uninitiated. 

Dine at the bar

Many restaurants in Texan cities serve diners at the bar. This can feel more comfortable for some than a table for one. Plus, others seated at the bar will be more likely to strike up a conversation — not to mention you’ll have the bartender to chat with.

Bring a book

When in doubt, bring a book. It gives you something to do and to hide behind if needed. A book can also be the ideal accessory when you want to do a bit of people-watching!

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What Does Solo Travel In Texas Cost?

What you’ll spend will depend on many factors. You can enjoy a luxury trip to Texas or explore Texas on a budget.

If you are trying to keep solo travel costs down , consider renting a smaller economy car, staying somewhere with a kitchen or kitchenette and stocking up on food at the local grocery store, and making the most of free or low-cost things to do such as parks and museums. 

Here are some breakdowns to give you an idea of what to expect on your  solo trip to Texas :

Accommodation:  Lodging prices don’t vary much around the state. A mid-range hotel will run about $120-140 per night.

Food:  A meal at a casual sit-down restaurant will run around $10-$25 per person; but there are many options for less expensive as well as high-end options, especially in the larger towns.

Transport: Renting a car will run around $60 per day. There are not a ton of walkable options here, so this is likely your best bet.

Activities:  There are many free activities to choose from. Many museums and tours start around $25.

Getting Travel Insurance For Solo Travel In Texas 

When visiting Texas — or anywhere else in the world — it’s wise to get travel insurance.

One of the  best travel medical insurance for travelers  is SafetyWing as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage — including coverage if you’re traveling for months as well as limited coverage in your home country.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Solo Female Travel In Texas 

Q) where can a woman travel alone in texas.

The best destinations for a lone female traveler in Texas include cities or national and state parks. For the former head to Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio. Big Bend National Park and Davis Mountains State Park are good for the latter. 

Q) Is it safe to travel alone in Texas?

Overall, yes. To stay safe, try to look confident at all times, conceal valuables, and keep a charged cell phone with you. If driving, be sure to keep your gas tank topped up too. After dark, be especially aware if you are in bigger cities near downtown areas.

Q) What is the number 1 tourist attraction in Texas?

Strolling the San Antonio River Walk is the most popular activity in Texas. Other contenders include the Alamo (also in San Antonio), the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, and the Texas State Capitol in Austin. Meanwhile, Big Bend National Park is the state’s best-known place for nature.

Texas State Capital building in Austin

Q) What are the safest cities in Texas?

The safest cities in Texas are smaller towns like Grapevine near Dallas, the outskirts of Austin, and Marfa. Houston is the least safe large city in terms of crime rates. Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin are safer choices than Houston if you want to see a big city. 

Q) What is a top solo road trip in Texas?

Nature lovers will enjoy a road trip from Marfa through Big Bend Ranch State Park and on to Big Bend National Park. The scenery is beautiful and there is a ton of hiking along the way.

Prefer a Texas road trip for solo female travelers that is more urban focused? Start in Dallas and pass through Austin to end in San Antonio. This is one of the best solo road trips in the USA and allows you to take in a few of the best of Texas cities.

Final Thoughts On Solo Female Travel In Texas

Solo female travel in Texas can be very rewarding. There is so much to enjoy in the cities — art, history, music, food, culture, and more.

You can also enjoy nature in state and national parks, or even in a city park. If you like to get active, these are great spots to visit too.

So if you want to discover Texas solo, go for it! You likely won’t regret visiting The Lone Star State, even if you’re on your own!

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Great compilation! I moved to Texas a couple years ago and I’m still amazed at how BIG Texas actually is. There’s something for everyone here. as you mentioned. We’ve got big cities, culture, incredible state parks and places to camp and hike. Sometimes the drive will be over 10 hours if you’re roadtripping, but there’s plenty to do!

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Where to go when you need a bougie break from the real world.

When the idea of a king-size bed all to yourself and the phrase, "table for one" starts to sound like heaven on earth, it's time to book a trip for some luxurious alone time. There is no better place to unwind and marinate in a little 'me time' than Dallas, Texas. Home to high-end accommodations and world-class dining options, it's the perfect city to settle into for some solo celebration.

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Tucked away in an upscale neighborhood in the middle of Uptown Dallas, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is a perfect retreat for those looking to relax in refinement. Once a palatial private residence, the now-hotel has retained the sophistication and comfort of the grand residence while offering nothing less than excellence in standards and service as well as exquisite attention to detail and design. While it is minutes away from popular restaurants and downtown excitement, once you embrace the ambiance of your private suite, you may never want to leave.

The Adolphus Hotel

A Downtown Dallas icon for over 100 years, The Adolphus Hotel has always represented the epitome of luxury and has been a beloved spot for celebrities, discerning travelers and locals alike who are looking for a little something extra in their stay. The hotel went through a massive two-year, multimillion-dollar refresh that included a focus on historical restoration, ensuring The Adolphus' place as a highly sought-after stay for generations to come. A rooftop pool with private cabanas, top-of-the-line spa, in-house barbershop, high-end shopping, unmatched onsite restaurants and rooms with curated amenities will have you booking your return stay before you've even left.

The Joule Hotel

Built in the early 20th century as the Dallas National Bank, this neo-Gothic landmark represented the extravagance and wealth of its time during the 1920s. The turn of the century breathed new life into the former bank building and, after extensive renovations and expansions, The Joule – aptly named for the international unit of measurement – was a life-giving addition to the Dallas cityscape. Known for its outstanding spa experiences, unmatched amenities and renowned art collection (including works by Tony Tasset, Andy Warhol and Ellsworth Kelly) found throughout the hotel, The Joule is the perfect place to tuck in for some much-needed TLC.

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Located on the 49th floor of The National building in Downtown Dallas, Monarch is one of the newest additions to the city's luxury dining scene. The elevated locale, dress code and attention to detail make it a must-visit if you're looking to dine on the finer things during your stay. Two-Michelin Star Chef Danny Grant and team present a refined menu focusing on wood-fired, modern Italian cuisine in an atmosphere of unmatched elegance. Make a reservation well in advance and prepare to indulge in one of the best places to see and be seen in Dallas.

The French Room

If you're staying at The Adolphus Hotel, and even if you're not, make a reservation for The French Room. Thoroughly restored to its peak glory, The French Room takes pride in offering an exciting, awe-inspiring exploration of culinary and service excellence. This opulent dining experience is enough to make any Francophile green with envy. Should you miss out on a dinner reservation, try booking high tea during the afternoon for an extravagant 'treat yourself' moment.

Town Hearth

Don't let the unassuming exterior lead you astray – Town Hearth is nothing short of a Texas-sized dose of extravagance. Whether it's the scuttled yellow submarine in a supersized fish tank, the 1974 Ducati Sport listed on the menu as the option of a side (for an easy $75,000) or the 60 giant chandeliers showing off from the ceiling, let there be no doubt that Town Hearth is a level of indulgence like you've never seen. When Dallas Chef Nick Badovinus does anything, you can bet it's all the way and then some. Being 'extra' has its perks and a seat at the bar at this lively, sultry steakhouse will affirm exactly why you're keeping this Dallas destination all to yourself!

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Apothecary Bar

A chic new bar that is already making giant waves in the Dallas drinking scene is Apothecary on Greenville Avenue. Intimate and artfully decorated, Apothecary feels indulgent and a little bit daring – the perfect place to find a corner and people watch while perusing the 'Illicit Elixirs' portion of the menu where you'll find unique and quirky concoctions that make for a memorable moment. For dessert, what could feel more decadent than eating a . Each candle can be noshed on to reveal a different delicious dessert.

They say food and drink can transport you to a different place, and there is no better spot than Atlas to take that recommendation seriously. Nestled into the cozy Bishop Arts neighborhood, Atlas prides itself in a 'drink by destination' style menu. High-end cocktails themed for the part of the world they're from delivered in a moody, Edgar Allen Poe-inspired atmosphere is just the thing to take your solo journey to the next level.

Midnight Rambler

Located in the basement of The Joule Hotel, Midnight Rambler is the perfect late-night lounge to grab a nightcap (or two) and enjoy the energy and electricity of the city. It's effortlessly cool and just fancy enough to make the heels you wore for your 'date with yourself' totally worth it. The vibe is understated and edgy and the same can be said for the drinks. Crafted by Gabe Sanchez, award-winning Best Bartender in Dallas, you are guaranteed to find something you like whether adventure is calling your name or you tend to play it safe.

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Boasting an impressive collection of world-class museums, theaters, and performance spaces, the Dallas Arts District offers a diverse tapestry of artistic experiences. Stroll along the charming streets lined with galleries and public art installations, or immerse yourself in the energy of a live performance at the AT&T Performing Arts Center . Find performances here .

Broadway Dallas

Broadway Dallas is where top-notch productions light up the city's cultural scene. From classic musicals to cutting-edge dramas, it hosts unforgettable performances that cater to diverse tastes. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a first-time attendee, Broadway in Dallas promises a night of glamour and entertainment, showcasing the best of the theatrical arts right in the heart of Texas.

The beauty of solo travel means you can do whatever you want whenever you want to! For more ideas on things to do, live music and performances to enjoy, tailored shopping experiences or ways to indulge and pamper yourself , check out our Things To Do page to have the most memorable experiences in Dallas.

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Solo Travel: Things to do in Dallas for a Memorable Trip

Dallas is a lovely city in the state of Texas with a lot to offer. There are numerous attractions, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Whether you’re looking for something fun, different, or relaxing things to do in Dallas when you’re alone!

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If you want to visit Dallas by yourself, all of the things to do alone are fantastic. There’s so much to do in Dallas for solo travelers! If you want to make new friends in the United States, Dallas is a great place to be. However, it is also ideal for some alone time. During a tour, you can discover street art, learn to code, or make new friends! Numerous other activities are ideal for a solo trip to Dallas ! Let’s look into them.

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Explore the dallas museum of art, use the dallas central library, the wild detectives should be read, examine the evolution of deep ellum in real time, take a walk across continental avenue bridge, attend a free yoga class.

Museums are supposed to be quiet, but your obnoxious friends will never stop talking about how revolutionary Miro was or how good they would be at recreating abstract modern art. This is one of the best things to do in Dallas when you’re alone because you can go at your own pace, only stopping at what you’re interested in seeing, and thinking about the work you’re seeing. As a bonus, you will not be labeled a nerd for insisting on the audio tour.

Even though Dallas has a fantastic library that is free and open to the public, many people have never visited J. Erik Jonsson. Whatever strange interest you have, this is the place to pursue it. You can certainly borrow books to read, but you should also take advantage of the things you can’t borrow from the Dallas Public Library, such as its art and old document collections. Browse the world’s best collection of rare books, or see if you’re related to someone famous in genealogy. This is one of the best solo travel tips for having a good time on your solo trip.

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The Wild Detectives is a great place to sit quietly and read, so you may have to push a few people out of the way for a good spot. Purchase a book from the shelf, order a glass of wine or tea, and spend an hour getting to know Joan Didion. If you need some alone time, take your one-person party outside to the patio — no one likes a lingerer who takes up space. This is one of the best things to do in Dallas which makes you explore 

This historic neighborhood is changing right before our eyes, making for some seriously good people-watching and a good time. When you go to Deep Ellum by yourself, you can strike up conversations with strange weirdos of all kinds, stay at the bar even after your tab is closed to figure out what that drunk couple is fighting about, and enjoy watching the tattooed regulars mingle with the trend-chasers.

Walking across Large Marge’s little sister bridge is a relaxing experience when you don’t have to listen to commentary from local political critics and self-proclaimed architecture experts. On your solo trip to Dallas , stop at Trinity Groves for lunch, a cocktail, or dessert, then get some cardio in by walking over the bridge and admiring the view. It’s a great spot for people-watching and admiring the skyline, but if you’re flying solo, you should probably go during the day. Better to be safe than sorry.

You’re unlikely to commit to yoga in the long run, but an hour or so of solitary stretching while listening to spa music never hurt anyone. Some local yoga studios offer up to a week of free classes for newcomers, and you can start in the beginner’s class to avoid straining your back in your first class. You’d be surprised how relaxing yoga can be when you’re not distracted by not trying to fart or look like a dork in front of your friends.

Dallas is such a vibrant city and is ideal for solo trips that it’s difficult to narrow down the best things to do in Dallas, Texas during your visit! If you want to have the best Dallas experience, make sure you plan your trip so that you can participate in a variety of activities.

Anyone who loves sports, the great outdoors, restaurants, bars, festivals, and sightseeing will have a blast in Dallas. So, what are you holding out for? Plan your solo trip and book cheap Indian Eagle flight tickets today! You’ll have a great time if you use the list of the best things to do in Dallas this weekend.

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Hi, I am a 40 year old married woman, with two teenage children. I have had a bit of a rough time the last couple of years and seem to have lost myself, mmm sounds like such a cliché.

Well I have decided to make a break. I have always wanted to travel the USA and have always had a fascination with Texas, so I have decided to take 2 months and fly solo. Just travel and have fun.

I need some advice on the best way to do this. Where do I go, where do I stay, what is great to see and do. Would I be ok traveling woman alone or am I just looking for trouble.

Help people, ideas.

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Hi EldeneB and welcome to the Solo Forum!

Don't worry. Cliches become cliches because they are so often rooted in truth and travelling by yourself is a great way to re-discover your centre.

Is there any way that you can bring that forward or move it back. I have been in Austin, Texas in August and it was really hot and humid and Austin is not the worst place in Texas for summer heat. I appreciate that South Africa can get hot in summer, but I'm not certain if it is dry heat (which is much more bearable) or the kind that feels like a sauna.

I agree with those on the Road Trip Forum that suggest with two months that you extend a bit to surrounding states (although you will need to check that with your car rental company). It would be a pity not to see New Orleans (and hear the music) and have a look at some of the bayous in Louisiana.

In the other direction, the Grand Canyon in Arizona really is that amazing and Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah are extraordinary, although the American West, like much of Texas, is probably more like South Africa that most of the rest of the United States.

Travelling alone should be fine in most places, my daughter drove solo over a month on a loop from Austin up to South Dakota, down through California and back to Austin. She had no problems and a fantastic time.

The usual caveats hold. That is: don't sleep in your car , carry a fully charged mobile phone, make certain you have enough petrol to get to you next destinations, don't dress provocatively, flirt with care, don't leave your drink unattended and don't get drunk unless you are absolutely certain that someone in your group remains sober and will watch your back.

And please make certain you have enough travel insurance. The medical costs in the States can beggar belief (and you).

I think you will find that people in Texas are friendly and when they hear your accent they may be particularly interested in speaking with you although they may have no idea where you are from. My daughter, who arrived in Texas speaking a fairly straight forward received pronunciation English (albeit with northern vowels), kept getting asked if she was from Australia or South Africa.

I suggest you read and post on the Texas Travel Forum for specific ideas about where to stay and have a good look at a guide book like Lonely Planet (or whichever you prefer) for ideas about what to see and do.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g28964-i75-Texas.html

If you find there is a regular local poster on the forum, you can send them a private message about meeting for coffee (in a public place)

I really like Austin, Texas which is both very Texan and an anomaly politically and socially. The local businesses have a "Keep Austin Weird" Campaign which, partly, means support local business and it certainly is true that Austin has an abundance of places that exist nowhere else, including a fair number that are more than slightly eccentric. The food is fantastic and politically Austin goes its own way. (A way that is closer to California that the rest of Texas)

The different areas of Texas have very much their own character.

You trip sounds fantastic and you are likely to have an amazing time.

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Texas is pretty awesome and there is a lot to see. I agree that Austin is a great city. I'm in the process of relocating back to Houston, where I've lived in the past. Galveston is a nice area. Don't forget Hill Country and San Antonio. I also think New Orleans would be worth the drive. Awesome city, lots of fun. As for logistics, there are tons of hotels in all price ranges, along all the interstates.

Hi guys, u are being a great help. I was thinking of flying into Louisiana and then driving to Texas, with loads of stops on the way. The thing that worries me a little is the driving. Being from South Africa, the heat does not bother me. I am very aware of the dangers for a woman alone. Did a lot of traveling so, well aware of the possible issues. I am however skittish about the driving bit. We drive on the left side of the road with a right hand drive vehicle. Could I get bus tours from Louisiana to Houston or some smaller place and then do the rental from there? What could I stop and see. I really want to meet the real American. I don't mind chatting and drinking and driving not an option. Rather stay over and get a cab. Having fun all ok, but a bit of a control freak, so always have my wits about me.

I think you have a couple options if driving is not your thing. Keep in mind that most of the journey from New Orleans to Houston is easy interstate (I-10). Amtrak runs a train and Megabus has a bus. Both have websites to price out a one-way ticket. The journey takes a little longer this way, too.

Take this from a Texas girl...all of Texas is worth seeing. From the gulf coast to the panhandle. All of the cities have their flavor. Houston and Dallas are just big cities with little difference. San Antonio has the mexican influence. Austin has the college/hippie thing going on. Fort Worth has the cowboy/down home feel. Then in between lots of beautiful land with hills and on the west side lots of mountain. As alway be careful but you will find no trouble where you go. If you make to Fort Worth look me up I work in a tourist area called the stockyards our biggest attraction. I am a bartender for many years in this side of the town. Lots of cowboys and history to see here.

Thank you, will do so, always watch your back and have fun.

Sure will look you up.

I agree that you will really need to drive if you are going to be touring around Texas. Even if you got from one area to the next via bus, you would be a bit stranded once you got there, and you would not get to see a lot of what the state has to offer.

There are other areas of the U.S. you could visit where driving would not be so important.

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After a breakup, i finally took the solo trip that changed my life.

M ost of my adult life, I dreamed about taking a solo vacation. I remember thinking that my first solo trip would be to a foreign country — I’d pack up my bare essentials, zip over to Europe (while sipping fancy cocktails on my flight, of course), and have myself an “Eat, Pray, Love” type of adventure. But I never imagined a breakup being the catalyst to my first solo trip.

Mere days into 2021, I ended a romantic relationship with the person I lived with and found myself diving headfirst into the courageous mindset that encouraged my first solo trip. Prior to the end of my relationship, I’d always feared traveling solo. In fact, whenever I indulged in dreamy conversations about jumping on a flight to go somewhere warm, it always involved a companion — whether it be my partner, a friend, or even my mom. It wasn’t necessarily that my relationship was holding me back from traveling solo, but when you’re in a relationship so much in life that could just be “me” easily becomes “we,” especially travel. When I found myself single, I also discovered a desire to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. I had convinced myself that traveling alone would be scary or uneventful if I had no one to enjoy it with, but I wanted to prove myself wrong.

So, I packed my bare essentials into a carry-on duffel, swallowed the fear that sat in the back of my throat, and zipped on down to Dallas , Texas. I picked Dallas because I’d heard good things from travelers who posted chronicles of their adventures to YouTube. From the comfort of my living room, I watched them discuss great food, friendly people, and the city as a growing hub for entrepreneurial women.

Ultimately, my trip to Dallas was a success. On the first day, I felt a little bit like everyone in the city could tell that I was there alone and unfamiliar with my new surroundings, but by the last day of my trip I felt much more like I belonged. Not only did I tour apartments in Uptown and Addison, so I could get a feel of what it would be like to live there, but I grabbed dinner at a restaurant in Bishop Arts with an online-turned-IRL friend. I even ventured out of my Starbucks coffee routine to discover a local coffee shop, where I sipped an upside-down latte flavored with lavender.

A canceled flight (due to a snowstorm in New Jersey) extended my trip by about two days. Initially, I was stressed having to deal with the airline, rescheduling my flight, and wondering where I was going to stay for the next few days, but within hours I found myself excited. Here I was, in a new city, blessed with additional time to explore and try new things. I was given lemons and proved to myself that I could make some really awesome lemonade. Not only would I have more time to tour apartments, try local restaurants, and visit other neighborhoods, but I would have more time to properly immerse myself in the city. It also gave me more time to reflect on some of the things I learned about myself during my time in Dallas.

I learned that I’m much more self-sufficient than I thought.

Don’t get me wrong, I always knew I was independent, but a solo trip pushes you to truly face any fears that come up about relying on yourself in a new place. I had to rely on myself to navigate the Dallas freeways, find where I needed to go, and get there safely. Driving in a busy city made me feel like a native by the end of my trip.

Had I not pushed past the fear of exploring alone, I would have never had these special experiences, large and small. I would never have discovered my new favorite coffee shop in Dallas or learned about the beautiful history and culture that the Bishop Arts District has to offer.

I learned that traveling alone brings up a lot of emotions that don’t have to do with travel.

If you travel to a place where you don’t know anyone, then you’re bound to have some alone time when you’re reflecting on life decisions you made before your trip. Traveling alone puts you in a space where you simply feel more vulnerable, and as a result, you’re able to ask yourself the hard questions that maybe you always avoided at home. It brings about such deep reflection and introspection that it can be almost overwhelming at first, but there’s something so powerful about diving deeper within yourself to learn more about your own motivations and emotions.

If you experience a moment of introspection during a solo trip, lean into that and honor it. During the evenings on my trip, I often had a lot of downtime when I would reflect on my day. Often, those quiet moments also led to a lot of random reflection on my life as a whole. I thought about my recent breakup and the major life changes that came with that, about how this trip was shaping me, and about what things I wanted to change in my life. Solo travel has the potential to do that for you — give you the opportunities to discover new things about yourself.

I learned that traveling opens you up not just to new places but also new mindset.

I went to Dallas thinking that maybe if I liked it enough, I could move there one day. I figured if I could tap into what it was like to live and breathe in the city, then maybe I could see myself there in the future.

Being alone in a new city and exploring on my own time allowed me to see how much I could truly thrive there. I got a preview of life in Dallas, but I also discovered that amazing things can arise once you let go of all expectations of who you should be and what your life should look like.

If you’ve traveled outside your hometown even once before, you know that it changes your perspective of the world. The world seems much bigger after — and your problems much smaller. But traveling also allows you to see the different paths your life can take, and if you’re open to it, you can explore one of those paths when you’re ready.

My first solo trip was unexpected and unplanned but also more wonderful than I ever could’ve imagined. I left Dallas with so much more clarity and a deeper understanding of the woman I’ve become in the past year. I was always the type of person who thought it’d be better to try new things with someone by your side, but this trip taught me that sometimes trying new things alone allows you to experience them in a much more beautiful way. Being in an unfamiliar place and having to get comfortable with being uncomfortable showed me just how quickly I can learn and how adaptable I can be. It made me realize that if I truly want to do something, try something, or go somewhere, I can do so by myself — I don’t need to wait for anyone to tag along or give me permission.

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Solo Travel

While overall travel continues its rebound, traveling solo is one of the biggest post-pandemic travel trends .

Whether it’s the pent-up yen for adventure, the hunger to expand their cloistered world, or the need for self-reflection, many travelers aren’t waiting around for friends and family and are hitting the road on their own. 

And this trend is picking up steam across all generations, with a particularly large uptick in female solo travel . 

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A survey conducted by Kayak found that more than a third of adults had traveled alone since travel restrictions began easing at the beginning of 2022. Contiki, a travel agency geared to the 18 to 35-year-old market, reported that 49% of the bookings made for 2022 were single bookings.

And female solo travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the travel industry in years. Travel companies marketing exclusively to women have reported over a 200% increase in inquiries. 

How should hotels cater to this emerging market? See some suggestions below.

Host Group Activities and Events

While solo travelers desire the freedom to make their own schedule, they also appreciate the opportunity to join a new group for a unique experience. 

Offering activities and events at your property will often appeal to the solo traveler. These will vary based on your location and clientele but know your guests so you can better target their interests. 

Consider options such as pool parties, cocktail hours, and quiz nights for mingling, or film screenings, cooking classes, and local performances for travelers to interested to explore the local culture. 

Solo travelers are joining guided tours at rapidly growing rates. If your property doesn’t offer tours, collaborate with local companies that do. Make your property a check-in point for trips and excursions.

Create Communal Spaces

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Solo travelers enjoy their independence but gravitate to co-working and co-living spaces when they are well designed–spaces offering privacy but opportunities for social interaction. 

Think flexible lounge spaces, relaxed seating, communal tables, and entertainment options (like board games and playing cards).

Promote your Local Social Scene

Solo travelers like to immerse themselves in a unique culture or community.  Be sure to highlight the local hot spots and events that would appeal to solo travelers including neighborhood markets and local concerts and events. (Think Wurstfest, Sandfest, Rodeos, Chili cookoffs, or Wiener dog Races).

Keep a current calendar of events available to suggest to your solo guests–with your concierge, at the front desk, in the rooms, or on your website.

Highlight Health and Wellness Options

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Health and Wellness is a big draw for many solo travelers. Consider offering classes in yoga, meditation, nutrition, and aromatherapy, or group activities including hiking, biking, and bird watching.

Female Solo Travel

American women ranked highest in frequent solo travel where most are likely to take three or more trips a year , and hotels would be wise to cater to this market.

Consider discounts on spa packages, classes, and guided tours. 

Safety is key, aside from highlighting your Covid protocols, be sure to highlight your safety features from CCTV surveillance to well-lit parking areas, hallways, and stairwells, to dedicated speed dial emergency numbers on room or hallway phones. 

Some hotels offer dedicated floors for solo female travelers. 

Make sure your sit-at-the-bar dining is relaxed and inviting and your menu and drink options have variety. Also, take the offerings in your TV/movie channels into consideration.

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Pets are often the solo traveler’s companion of choice. If you offer pet-friendly accommodations and special pet features, make sure to promote these.

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Make sure you offer rates justified for a solo traveler.  

Market your Solo Traveler Offerings

Don’t forget to highlight your solo travel offerings in your marketing content. While you won’t focus exclusively on solo travelers, be sure they are well represented in all your media .

A Booking.com study notes 34% of respondents in a recent survey said solo travel is among the “top five trips they have already been on and would like to go on again.” With the continuous growth of Bleisure travel (business plus leisure), Work-from-Hotel, and longer staycations, the solo traveler is here to stay. So make them feel welcome to!

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Best places to visit in texas.

They say everything is bigger in Texas. And if you take into account all that the state has to offer, it's easy to see why the Lone Star State packs such a potent punch with travelers. Texas is filled to the brim with breathtaking countrysides, significant historical attractions, diverse museums, pristine city parks, suburban shopping meccas, mouthwatering barbecue and more. U.S. News took into account traveler sentiment and expert analysis to come up with the best places to visit in Texas. Want to share your opinion? Make sure to vote below to help determine next year's list. 

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This sprawling metropolis promises a jam-packed itinerary for every type of traveler, whether you're traveling with the family or on a romantic getaway . Explore the many museums, parks and historical sites the city has to offer, including the infamous Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated, or get to know Dallas' vibrant, artsy neighborhoods like Trinity Groves and the Design District. And if you're visiting during football season, catch a Dallas Cowboys game to see state pride at its best. However you spend your time, you'll be surrounded by top-notch restaurants and a surplus of shopping options.

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Every year, more than 500,000 people visit this national park along the U.S.-Mexico border to spend some time outdoors. Big Bend National Park features hundreds of miles of paved and dirt roads for scenic drives, as well as 150-plus miles of hiking trails. While exploring the park's sections of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande, keep your eyes peeled for more than 450 bird species, including several kinds of woodpeckers, thrashers and sparrows. At night, camp (or glamp) under the moonlight to see why Big Bend is one of the best dark sky parks in the country.

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For a different kind of Texas vacation, skip the state's main cities and beach towns in favor of a visit to Fredericksburg. This Texas Hill Country locale is known for its superb shops, rich German roots and tasty wines. When you're not enjoying some retail therapy on Main Street, learn about the town's connection to Germany at the Pioneer Museum. Don't forget to sample some of Fredericksburg's delectable vino before you leave; you'll have your pick of more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms in and around Fredericksburg.

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Historical relics like The Alamo are no doubt San Antonio's biggest draw. However, you don't need to be a history buff to enjoy all the city has to offer. The River Walk makes for a soothing stroll along the San Antonio River, while the expansive Brackenridge Park offers a variety of attractions and amenities. Active travelers can practice their swing at the park's golf course and ball fields, nature lovers can pass the time in its stunning Japanese Tea Garden and families can get an up-close look at the on-site San Antonio Zoo's animals. Before you leave, sample a San Antonio staple – the puffy taco.

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If hiking is one of your favorite pastimes, then you'll want to venture to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This national park by the southern Texas-New Mexico border houses eight of the state's 10 highest peaks, including the iconic El Capitan, and features 80-plus miles of hiking paths, such as traveler-approved routes like Devil's Hall and the Guadalupe Peak Trail. Although the scenery is stunning year-round, for extra-memorable vistas, visit in fall when the park's tree leaves turn vivid shades of red, orange and yellow.

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This small town on Mustang Island (about 40 miles northeast of Corpus Christi) provides ample opportunities for fun in the sun. When you're not sunbathing, parasailing or splashing around at the beach, put your angling skills to the test in the "Fishing Capital of Texas" or sign up for a dolphin-watching cruise. You'll also want to keep an eye out for the endangered whooping crane and other birds in this bird-watching paradise. If you love festivals, time your visit to coincide with one of Port Aransas' events, which focus on everything from art to music to food.

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Texas is home to some prime Gulf Coast shorelines , and South Padre Island is considered one of the best. South Padre offers 34 miles of relaxing beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While the island has a reputation for being a prime party spot for spring breakers, the rest of the year it's favored by families thanks to its affordability and bevy of kid-friendly attractions. Head to Sea Turtle, Inc. to learn about local sea turtle rehabilitation efforts, or visit Beach Park Waterpark to cool off on a hot day.

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The capital city's colorful character takes Texas to an entirely new level. Austin offers loads in the way of culture, cuisine and natural scenery. While here, enjoy unique outdoor areas like Zilker Metropolitan Park (where you'll find the natural Barton Springs Pool), various museums and plenty of delectable Tex-Mex joints. The best way to soak up Austin's contagious energy is to visit Sixth Street. This music hub is packed with bars, restaurants and live music venues that have helped Austin earn its "Live Music Capital of the World" moniker. For a souvenir, head to SoCo to pick up a pair of authentic cowboy boots.

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Originally inhabited by wild horses, the aptly named Mustang Island is now known for its miles of beaches and outdoor activities. On this 18-mile-long barrier island, which sits about 30 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, visitors will find Mustang Island State Park, a popular place to go mountain biking, kayaking and swimming. The park is also home to endangered sea turtles and more than 400 bird species, making it an excellent destination to spot wildlife, and boasts 5 miles of beaches. For more outdoor recreation outside the park, travelers can visit North Packery Beach to enjoy water sports like kiteboarding, wakeboarding and surfing.

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Once a lesser-known, low-key getaway, this small town just north of Mexico now attracts space enthusiasts thanks to its SpaceX launch site. Beachgoers will still find plenty of allure with Boca Chica's 8-mile-long stretch of sand, but remember to bring your own equipment since water sports rentals like surfboards and kiteboards are not available on-site. You'll also want to plan ahead, as the beach is closed near rocket launch dates. While here, save time for wildlife watching, as the area is a haven for various bird and sea turtle species, particularly in spring and fall.

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Renowned as one of America's top barbecue destinations, Houston offers travelers a finger-licking good time. But did you know Houston is also a culture hub? Within the urban sprawl, visitors can check out museums galore, from NASA's impressive Johnson Space Center to the quirky Art Car Museum. Many of the city's restaurants and shops are also covered in Instagram-worthy murals. Plus, with the world-class Houston Zoo , verdant Buffalo Bayou Park and a children's museum, Houston is an ideal (and affordable) vacation spot for families. Consider purchasing a CityPASS to save even more coin.

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Corpus Christi features several scenic shorelines and can't-miss attractions to keep you entertained for days. Popular stretches of sand in this Gulf Coast city include McGee Beach and North Beach, which is also home to two of Corpus Christi's most visited sights, the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington. Additional museums and entertainment venues can be found in SEA, the city's Sports, Entertainment and Arts District. Meanwhile, music fans can visit several sites dedicated to the emblematic Tejano singer Selena, including the Selena Museum and the Mirador de la Flor memorial.

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Sitting in between Fort Worth and Dallas (roughly 23 miles from both), Grapevine delights all travelers, whether they're outdoorsy types, historians or wine lovers. Lake Grapevine is a popular boating and fishing spot, while its surrounding trails attract hikers and bikers. Meanwhile, history buffs can engage in 19th-century heritage events at Nash Farm or ride into the past on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. As its name suggests, Grapevine is also home to several tasting rooms along Texas' Urban Wine Trail. What's more, with some of the best water parks in Texas , an aquarium and a LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Grapevine is incredibly kid-friendly.

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Located about 50 miles southeast of Houston, Galveston attracts Texans looking for a convenient place to spend some time at the beach. The island features family-friendly spots like Stewart Beach (with amenities like lifeguards, volleyball courts and a playground) and Pleasure Pier (which features an array of games and rides). Meanwhile, Schlitterbahn Waterpark offers yet another place to play. Away from the sand, visitors can explore the shop-, restaurant- and nightclub-filled Strand District, named a National Historic Landmark for its well-preserved Victorian architecture. Travelers will also want to check out other historical sights, such as Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion.

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Easy to reach by ferry from Port Aransas, this former ranch is now a prime beach destination. Because San José Island is privately owned, the island's only publicly accessible land is its 21-mile stretch of unspoiled sand situated below the vegetation line. But visitors will find plenty to do on the beach. The island's more than 600 kinds of fish and roughly 300 bird species make it a terrific place to go fishing and birding. Other popular pastimes here include shelling and surfing.

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A Solo Traveler's Guide to Austin

Austin is one of the top cities to visit in the United States, and it's no surprise considering  the amount of things to do, see and eat. Whether you want to cool off with a quick dip in a spring-fed pool or embrace the live music and nightlife scene, it's nearly impossible to get bored in this thriving city. The unique, friendly vibe of Austin makes it the perfect place for anyone to explore by themselves, and with this solo traveler’s guide you’ll be ready to book that trip.

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One of the (many) reasons to love Austin is our year-round, mild temperatures and sunshine . Spring and fall have warm but moderate weather, generally 70-80 degrees, while the winter season is mild around 60 degrees. Summer is hot, so embrace those outdoor, shaded patios and make sure to spend plenty of time on the lake . If your timing is flexible, you may want to check out a list of Austin's annual  festivals and plan your trip to coincide with an event that interests you.

Where to Stay

Downtown This is the heart of the city, where you'll find the majority of museums, upscale restaurants and a happening nightlife scene. Staying here will put you close to all the action, but can also be a bit pricier than other neighborhoods. Just off Congress Avenue and Sixth Street , the Aloft Austin Downtown , perfect for solo travelers who like to be in the middle of all the action. This stunning high rise hotel boasts trendy decor, an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and a coffeehouse serving local coffee and breakfast tacos.

South Congress Just across the river from downtown is South Congress Avenue , where you'll find a funkier, more eclectic side of Austin in the shopping, dining and arts scenes. There are also several bus lines, making it a great central location for easy access to other parts of the city. The boutique Frame Treehouse hotel is located in the South Congress neighborhood. The location is amazing, and it gives you the feel of living in a modern condo (so you can pretend you're a local).

East Austin East Sixth Street has a thriving bar and nightlife scene perfect for those who want to experience several spots all in one night. Grab drinks at the colorful dive bar Shangri-La , or try what’s on tap at relaxed Zilker Brewing Co. Rock and alternative fans will want to check out Hotel Vegas for killer music and cocktails, while others can get their boot scootin’ on at The White Horse , a country western spot with two step dance lessons.  For a boutique hotel with deep roots in the Austin community, check out Heywood Hotel . Experience the local culture through carefully curated rooms furnished and decorated with works from local makers. Nestled off East Cesar Chavez St. just east of downtown, you’ll have access to a variety of high-end restaurants that make up downtown as well as hidden gems frequented by locals on the east side. 

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Where to Eat

Food Trucks The food truck game is strong in Austin. We even have dedicated food truck parks with multiple options! Here are a few favorite trucks and trailers to check out:

  • Via 313 : Detroit-style pizza served out of several pizza trailers throughout the city
  • The Picnic : Austin’s premier food truck park located just outside of Zilker Park featuring a variety of local cuisines
  • Patrizi's : Freshly made pasta...What could be better?
  • Cuantos Tacos : Locals love these Mexico City-style tacos from a food truck park in East Austin
  • Spicy Boys : Located at the Zilker Brewing Co. taproom, this trailer specialized in fried chicken (+ vegan options!)

Check out more can’t miss food trucks around Austin.

Get Your Drink On Plan to visit at least one of Austin's many wineries, distilleries and breweries. All these spots are lots of fun and great places to meet lively locals, enjoy some good beverages and maybe listen to some cool tunes.

  • Still Austin Whiskey Co. : Whiskey and bourbon connoisseurs will enjoy a tasting flight or a tour of the distillery
  • The Austin Winery : Sip a selection of wines at this urban winery with an industrial vibe
  • Austin Beerworks : Enjoy a variety of classic and seasonal taps at this North Austin spot
  • Lazarus Brewing Co. : Coffee, beer and tacos make this brewery a great spot to hang out at with two Austin locations
  • Hold Out Brewing : On-tap brews served alongside a killer burger menu

Looking for more sipping spots around town? Stop by one of these breweries , wineries and distilleries .

Woman in white jumpsuit admiring Kelly Eisworth's rainbow glass exhibit at the Blanton Museum.

Shop for Vintage Finds Shopping is one of my favorite things to do solo and Austin has a ton of great vintage stores . Here are a few to add to your list:

  • North Loop : Go here to find a collection of vintage clothing and furniture stores, ranging from antique to mid-century modern
  • South First Street : A chic, walkable neighborhood in South Austin, away from the hustle-and-bustle of South Congress. Find galleries, vintage shops and murals on almost every corner
  • East Austin : A beautiful selection of vintage clothing and gift shops, spaced out between hip restaurants, sidewalk cafes, historic attractions and more

Listen to Live Music As the Live Music Capital of the World® , catching a live show is a must when visiting Austin. With hundreds of live music venues, there's bound to be a perfect spot for every visitor. These are fantastic spots for solo travelers.

  • Whisler's : It's almost like Whisler’s was made for solo travelers. You can sit at the action-packed bar, join a group at an outdoor communal table or play pinball alone
  • Mohawk : This beloved Austin bar and multilevel live music space has a roof deck and indoor and outdoor stages. Shows are scheduled nearly every night of the week
  • Broken Spoke : An Austin tradition since 1964 with a reputation for great live country music, good Texas cooking and even line dancing classes!
  • ACL Live at The Moody Theater: If it's located on a street called "Willie Nelson Boulevard," you know you're going to have a good time. The world-famous theater hosts a variety of acts from all genres, making it the place to see and be seen in Austin

Get Artsy There is such a great art scene in Austin! Here's what we recommend for your perfect solo trip:

  • Go mural hunting : There are lots of iconic murals in and around downtown and South Congress. Your Instagram will thank you
  • Cathedral of Junk : A unique and eclectic art structure made from junk that took the artist 29 years to create in his backyard
  • Go museum hopping : Visiting museums when traveling solo is a great way to embrace the art, culture and history of the city, and there are so many options in Austin like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center , George Washington Carver Museum ,  Bullock Texas State History Museum , Blanton Museum of Art and Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Wander the Umlauf Sculpture Garden : Just steps from Zilker Park , this sculpture garden is such a great place to spend time in solitude after soaking up the liveliness of the city. Once you're done, walk over to Barton Springs for a refreshing dip in the natural, spring-fed swimming pool!

Interested in exploring Austin’s foodie , live music , cultural arts , or outdoor scenes more? Check out VisitAustin.org for more information and to order your free visitor guide . 

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