Texas is nearly 900 miles across, yet only a handful of cities are responsible for the majority of our population. As a result, many people are led to believe the rest of the state is nothing but wide-open prairies (and maybe a few tumbleweeds). That couldn’t be further from the truth – in between the hustle and bustle of big city life lies a plethora of small towns filled with Southern charm. Hiding everywhere from the mountainous desert out west to the sprawling Hill Country landscape, here are seven of the best small towns for a weekend getaway in Texas.

How many of these small Texas towns have you visited? Did we leave off your favorite? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section, and check out a previous article of ours to learn more about Marble Falls. If you’re planning to hop in your car to travel to any of these places, make your fun weekend trip in Texas that much better by using our ultimate road trip packing list. It will make planning your next small town texas getaway a breeze!

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Best Towns For A Weekend Getaway

What are the best towns for a weekend getaway in Texas?  

People don’t tend to think about Texas as a great getaway destination, but they should – after all, there are literally hundreds (and hundreds) of small towns in Texas, many of which are ideal for a short escape. Some of our favorite towns for a weekend getaway in Texas include:

  • South Padre Island is a stunning resort town that’ll make you forget you’re in Texas at all
  • Port Aransas is a beach town where you can check out ocean views from high-up towers and even spot dolphins from time to time.  


Where are the best towns in Texas to retire?  

Believe it or not, Texas is a great state to retire in. There are many excellent small towns in Texas that work perfectly for retirees:

  • Beaumont boasts a population of almost 400,000 and has access to some of the best fishing in Texas.
  • Corpus Christi is another excellent option thanks to its plethora of fun things to do
  • Killeen is also a place we love


What are some cute small towns in Texas for a day trip? 

You don't have to travel far to find a cute small town in Texas. Some favorites include:

  • Dripping Springs is one of our favorite cute small towns in Texas; it’s very quaint, and it’s close to one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in Texas: the Hamilton Pool Preserve.
  • Marfa is another excellent day trip destination in Texas thanks to its artsy, quirky nature
  • We can’t get enough of places like Luckenbach, which is adorable (and outrageously tiny) and well-known for its place in the country music scene.
  • Ennis is also absolutely gorgeous (on top of being cute), and if you’re seeking Texas bluebonnets, you’re in luck: this region is home to the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas, which measures 40 miles.