Texas may not be the first place that you think of when you think of romantic honeymoons. However, there are many beautiful and often overlooked spots in the Lone Star State that make for romantic, fun-filled–and usually affordable–options for your getaway trip. Whether you’re looking for a short post-wedding weekend to relax before a long honeymoon later, or your budget just allows for a quickie trip, consider Texas as a honeymoon destination.

Galveston

Galveston
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On the upper coast is Galveston – the Gateway to the Gulf, so to speak – which is a larger city with many resorts and hotels. Check in to a condo-style VRBO and stay right on the beach.

Port Aransas

Port Aransas
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Near Corpus Christi is Port Aransas, a smaller beach if you’re looking for something more secluded, with some of the clearest water on the Gulf. You can also deep-sea fish, parasail, rent bikes and kayak. Try the Best Western Ocean Villa for a good value near the beach.

South Padre Island

South Padre Island
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At the west end of the Gulf Coast near the Mexican border is South Padre Island, sometimes synonymous with college spring breakers. But if you visit at the right time of year, late winter or early summer, you should avoid the party people. Book a coastal-view room at the Margaritaville Resort and enjoy its swim-up bar and beachfront location.

Dallas

Weekend Getaways from Dallas Texas
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One of the biggest, most sophisticated cities in Texas also has a softer side. The Hotel St. Germain–a true escape from the big-box hotels that fill the city–has romance oozing from its very walls. A romantic champagne bar on-site offers the perfect lovers’ escape, and sensual dishes like foie gras, oysters and canapes top off the experience. The rooms come complete with 24-hour concierge service and jacuzzi tubs. Looking to go out? Check out our Dallas Date Night Ideas.

A fun must-do during a Dallas getaway is a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley, which wiggles through the Uptown district, an area with art galleries, antique stores, intimate eating and drinking spots, and live music venues.

In Dallas, check into the over-the-top luxurious Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek—and if you want, never leave. Its restaurant consistently makes the nation’s best lists. You can book in-room massages and drink on either the terrace or at the bar. If you must leave the grounds, stroll through the Nasher Sculpture Center or the Dallas Arboretum.

Austin

Austin
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Austin, San Antonio, and the surrounding Hill Country offer either a cool urban trip in the heart of the city, or a rolling hills and country-life kind of trip in the surrounding Hill Country. Austin offers a bustling music scene, plus historic and romantic hotels such as the Driskill. there are many wineries and tasting rooms in Austin and nearby

San Antonio

Japanese Tea Gardens San Antonio
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San Antonio, known for its historic buildings and the famous River Walk, is a popular place for romantic weekend getaways. Explore the downtown area’s boutique hotels and enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the riverside restaurants. San Antonio’s River Walk makes for a scenic romantic spot. Book a stay at La Mansion del Rio Hotel, with River Walk views, 24-hour room service, and spa treatments available in your room.

Hill Country

Das Peachhaus Winery Fredericksburg
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If you and your hubby are the outdoorsy types, you’ll fall in love with the hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and sheer beauty found in Hill Country spots such as Fredericksburg, Boerne, Canyon Lake, and Kerrville. Get cozy in a rented cottage such as the Bird’s Nest Guest Cottages on the Guadalupe River near Kerrville, or check in to the Spa House at the Paniolo Ranch B&B; in Boerne for a stunning view.

For wine-loving couples, the Texas Hill Country is a great choice. With numerous vineyards and wineries, you can savor a glass of wine while enjoying the scenic views. The area’s natural beauty makes it an excellent place for outdoor activities, such as hiking and horseback riding. You can even stay in a teepee.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Stockyards
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Nestled in the heart of North Texas, Fort Worth is a great place for couples looking to spend quality time together. The city’s historic Sundance Square boasts romantic dinner spots and live performances, providing a perfect backdrop for a romantic stay. Explore the city’s rich history by visiting the historic district and enjoy a scenic drive through the Fort Worth Stockyards for a taste of the Old West. We recommend staying at Hotel Drover. 

Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande river Big Bend National Park
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If you’re up for a slightly longer drive, Big Bend National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers. The park’s breathtaking landscapes, including canyons and the Rio Grande, provide a perfect destination for a romantic escape. Take a short drive to explore the park’s natural wonders, and consider staying at vacation rentals for an affordable and intimate experience.