The Most Affordable Texas Road Trip Takes You To 4 Stunning Sites For Under $100
By Katie Lawrence|Updated on February 07, 2023(Originally published February 02, 2023)
Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and began writing for OnlyInYourState in 2015.
Today, Katie writes, edits, and performs several other tasks for OnlyInYourState and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on with a hot cup of coffee, practicing yoga, baking, or exploring the beautiful Lone Star State (in particular, the vast and mystical West Texas desert).
If you’re in search of a fun trip that won’t break the bank, look no further. One of the best budget-friendly vacations in Texas, this coastal adventure features a railroad museum, a wildlife refuge, and two beautiful state parks. The best part? A family of four could easily spend under $100 on the trip.
Would you take this affordable road trip? Tell us your thoughts in the comments! If you’re interested in more budget-friendly vacations in Texas, these free museums are always a great time.
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Looking for destinations for your next budget-friendly vacation in Texas? Why not plan a trip around one of the following natural wonders in Texas, all of which are free to visit:
El Paso Municipal Rose Garden. With 430 different varieties of roses on nearly 1,500 bushes, the four-acre El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is a colorful oasis in the West Texas desert. New flowers are added each year, so you never know just what will be in bloom at any given time.
Crystal Beach. Many beaches in Texas require an entrance fee, but not this one! There's plenty of space to spread out, relax, and enjoy a little peace and quiet as the waves gently crash onto the shoreline.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Make Austin your next Texas vacation destination! There's a reason so many Austin residents spend most of their time outdoors - it's impossible not to in such a beautiful city. This scenic trail along Lady Bird Lake is the prime example; it leads through lush greenery and the upbeat buzz of downtown, offering a unique way to bike, hike, or run while enjoying nature.
Mount Bonnell. Another ATX gem and the highest point in Austin, Mount Bonnell offers unparalleled views of the Colorado River. The hike to the top is basically all stairs, but the reward is worth every drop of sweat.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park that features nearly nine miles of multi-use trails. It's like something straight out of a fairytale, and there's no cost at all to explore.
Now that you have some free places to explore, what about accommodations? Our Guide to the Best Accommodations in Texas has several budget-friendly rentals, from cozy cabins and tiny homes to luxury castles and next-level resorts!