Nobody wants to spend a lot on vacation. Sure, we’ll splurge sometimes, but what if we could get the same experience that a fancy hotel provides at a place that’s easier on the wallet? In Texas, that isn’t as hard as it sounds. Here are five awesome places you can spend the night at for a relatively cheap price.
1. The Teepee Motel (Wharton)
If you've ever been curious as to how Native Americans lived, here's your chance to find out! These quirky motel rooms are fully furnished with modern amenities, spacious, and decorated with Native American artwork and handmade quilts. One night will only set you back about $70 for a family - a fair price in exchange for such a unique experience, I think.
2. Indian Lodge (Fort Davis)
If you're planning a trip out to the Davis Mountains anytime soon, look no further for a place to stay. The Indian Lodge is a Native American style hotel with white adobe walls, a historic ambiance, and a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains without giving up the creature comforts we're all so used to. There are 39 rooms available and one night is about $95 for a family.
3. Marathon Motel & RV Park (Marathon)
If you've never experienced being a weary traveler who stops at the first motel you find in the middle of the desert, it's an unforgettable one to say the least. The Marathon Motel is exactly that for a lot of people - after all, Marathon is known as the "gateway to Big Bend." Enjoy the same accommodations you'd find at any fancy hotel for about $70/night, plus one of the most spectacular views of the night sky you'll ever see. In fact, the clarity of the stars in this exact spot has made it a hub for amateur astrophotographers.
4. Camping at Big Bend
Camping anywhere, for that matter, will only cost you between $10 and $20 a night, but we all know the phrase "sleeping under the stars" rings truest out west.
5. Quarters at Presidio La Bahia
This one is a little on the higher end of our price range at around $150/night, but there isn't much else to do in Goliad, so you'll likely only stay one night anyway. Plus, it's still a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of fancy hotels, and it's a lot cooler. I mean, you're staying IN AN OLD MISSION. The real, non-renovated, original mission that soldiers fought and died in. If that isn't the experience of a lifetime, I have no idea what is. The rooms are surprisingly cozy, too, with fireplaces, brick walls, and a full kitchen that will make you feel at home.
Have you ever stayed at any of these places? Where else in Texas can you stay that’s affordable and not lacking in quality or experience?