Texas Budget Vacation Destinations

Looking to have a big time on you Texas vacation, but don't want to take out a second mortgage to do so? Don't worry, there are plenty of affordable destinations in the Lone Star State that offer plenty of bang for the buck.
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    Georgetown

    Georgetown Texas
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     Located just north of Austin in the scenic Texas Hill Country, the city of Georgetown is the seat of Williamson County. Thanks to its scenic beauty and historic charm, Georgetown has also become a popular stop for visitors to the Hill Country Region. Hailed as the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas," Georgetown's downtown district is centered around the Williamson County Courthouse. The entire downtown area is filled with unique shops and restaurants housed in historic, Victoria era buildings. Georgetown also hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year and offers visitors a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities. 

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    Wimberly Texas
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    Wimberley is a quaint little village in the Texas Hill Country, situated within an hour's drive to either Austin or San Antonio. Additionally, Wimberley is conveniently located to many Hill Country attractions and is home to a host of specialty shops and restaurants. Bed and Breakfasts, quaint inns and cabins are readily available as rentals for visitors wishing to stay overnight in Wimberley. 

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    Port Isabel texas
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    Originally known as "Point Isabel" this seaside town and its famous lighthouse date back to the early 1800s. Today, Port Isabel is also home to several first-class restaurants, museums and shops, as well as an excellent starting point for fishermen and birders. Visitors can opt to stay overnight at one of several hotels in Port Isabel or make day trips to Port Isabel from South Padre Island or Brownsville. 

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    Victoria, TX
    Nazareth Academy, built in 1904, Victoria, TX. Witold Skrypczak / Getty Images

    Victoria is situated near the mid-point of the Texas Gulf Coast region. It is steeped in history and has a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available - including kayaking along the Guadalupe River, fishing Coleto Creek Reservoir, touring an extensive nature walk at Riverside Park, and much more. Additional, a number of great restaurants and shops are located in the downtown area. 

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    San Marcos texas
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    San Marcos is one of the most popular small towns in Texas. Located in the Texas Hill Country, San Marcos is a short drive from either Austin or San Antonio. Although San Marcos, is a popular tourist destination year around, it is summer when the city truly shines.
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    Bastrop texas
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    Located a short drive from Austin, Bastrop is a quaint central Texas town situated right on the Colorado River. Bastrop is also home to great golfing, shopping, as well as an abundance of outdoor activities at Lake Bastrop and Bastrop State Park.
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    Granbury Texas theater
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    Granbury offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities on Lake Granbury, but this small town is also known for its antique shopping, wineries and artist and artisan groups.

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    Brownsville, Texas
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     Brownsville is Texas' southernmost city. Located right at the tip of Texas, Brownsville is situated on the banks of the famous Rio Grande River, directly across from Matamoros, Mexico. It is also just a short distance upriver from the Gulf of Mexico and is home to a variety of historical sites, golf courses, nature trails and more. In short, this location adds up to make Brownsville an ideal year around vacation destination.