21 Wildly Romantic Getaways in Texas

Looking to escape day-to-day life with your partner for a few days by exploring one of the most romantic getaways in Texas?

You don’t have to go far!

No matter what corner of the Lone Star State you’re hoping to visit, there is no shortage of exciting trips for couples in Texas.

Whether you’re looking for views of city lights, beach waves, or rolling countryside, we have you covered in this guide to the most romantic places in Texas for couples.

Here are the best romantic getaways in Texas, no matter where your interests lie.

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Small Town Romantic Getaways in Texas

We may be biased, but Texas has one of the best collections of charming small towns in the world.

Here are some that are perfect for a romantic trip for two!

couple drinking wine on the front porch of a cabin. cabins in fredericksburg are among the best places to stay in fredericksburg

Wimberley

Beautiful Wimberley is the ultimate romantic trip in Texas for couples looking for a combination of small-town charm and outdoor fun.

Wimberley’s colorful downtown is packed with galleries, shops, restaurants, and even a series of whimsical painted boot statues perfect for photo ops.

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You can head to Old Baldy for beautiful Hill Country views, or settle in for a tasting at one of the many nearby wineries.

Once the Texas heat gets to be too much, head to nearby Jacob’s Well and/or the Blue Hole, two of the most popular swimming spots in the Texas Hill Country!

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Wimberley!

Kate Storm swinging over the Wimberley Blue Hole

Bandera

If you and your partner want to get outdoors and enjoy a classic Texas pastime on your vacation, consider heading to Bandera–the self-declared cowboy capital of Texas!

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Spending a weekend at a dude ranch enjoying long horseback rides, home-cooked country food, and Hill Country sunsets are among the most romantic attractions in Texas, and you can find them all in Bandera.

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Dripping Springs

As one of Texas’ most popular destination wedding locations, it’s no surprise that Dripping Springs is among the most romantic getaways in Texas!

Located a mere 30 minutes from Austin (traffic dependent, of course), Dripping Springs is known for its many wineries, its beautiful Hill Country views, and for being home to what is arguably the most photogenic swimming hole in Texas: the famous Hamilton Pool.

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Beyond its iconic swimming hole, though, Dripping Springs still has plenty more to offer.

Other fun things to do in town include browsing the boutiques on Mercer Street, sampling local olive oil at the beautiful Texas Hill Country Olive Co., and nabbing reservations at Tillie’s for a romantic dinner in an unforgettable building.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Dripping Springs!

Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs Texas with a waterfall in the background and the cave to the left of the photo

Ennis

As the home of the official Texas Bluebonnet Trail, Ennis is the ultimate romantic getaway in Texas when the flowers are blooming each spring.

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Even outside of bluebonnet season, though, Ennis still has plenty of charms that will appeal to couples, including Bardwell Lake, a drive-in movie theater, and historic downtown.

For a classic activity for two in Ennis, head out to the Galaxy Drive-In to see a movie as part of your Texas couples trip!

Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes blooming in Texas at sunset. Seeking out wildflowers makes for one of the best romantic trips in Texas

Grapevine

With its charming downtown, plentiful nearby wineries, and interesting art galleries, Grapevine is a year-round Texas travel destination for couples.

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But, if you’re looking for the perfect time to visit, consider visiting in September for GrapeFest (the largest wine festival in the region) or in December to see Grapevine at its most festive, when it gets all dolled up as the Christmas Capital of Texas!

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Grapevine!

santa sitting on a bench in downtown grapevine christmas event

Fredericksburg

Known across Texas for its German heritage and prime location along the official Texas Wine Trail, Fredericksburg is a Hill Country favorite for a reason.

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Whether you want to hit up half a dozen wineries (or more, who’s counting), go antiquing, hike to the top of Enchanted Rock, or pick your own peaches during the summer, Fredericksburg always has something to offer couples looking for a trip away.

Famously recognized as one of the most romantic places in Texas, Fredericksburg has no shortage of charming bed and breakfasts or cozy cabins to retreat to once your sightseeing is over for the day!

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Fredericksburg!

2 glasses of wine with a bottle between them and a plate of crackers and fruit in the foreground near Fredericksburg Texas

Marble Falls

Located on the banks of Lake Marble Falls (which aren’t set on marble at all, but that classic Texas staple of limestone), Marble Falls is a charming Hill Country town perfect for both couples who are looking to enjoy the outdoors and those hoping to hit up the small-but-lovely downtown.

Be sure not to leave town without trying a slice of pie from the Bluebonnet Cafe, which serves up some of the best pie in Texas!

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Browsing downtown shops and checking out the seasonal offerings at Sweet Berry Farms (depending on when your couples getaway takes place, you may find anything from tulip-picking to pumpkin patches available) are also must-dos when in Marble Falls.

And, of course, don’t forget to head to the Sunset Deck at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge to watch an unforgettable sunset with your love.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Marble Falls!

jeremy storm holding a slice of pie in front of the blue bonnet cafe marble falls texas

Nature-Focused Getaways in Texas for Couples

If you and your partner are all about the great outdoors, Texas’ national and state parks are calling.

Here are some fantastic spots to consider for your romantic weekend getaway in Texas!

view of rio grande in a canyon at big bend ranch state park, one of the best texas state parks in west tx

Big Bend Country

Big Bend National Park, along with Big Bend Ranch State Park located right next door, are home to some of the most dramatic views in West Texas.

Don’t miss the stunning Santa Elena Canyon or the rugged beauty of the Lost Mine Trail during your trip!

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Be sure to make plans to visit the (sort of) nearby McDonald Observatory, too: Big Bend is internationally recognized for its dark skies, making the McDonald Observatory an unparalleled place for stargazing in Texas.

A trip to Big Bend Country will undoubtedly mean spending a lot of time in the car making your way through the national park as well as regional highlights like Terlingua, Marfa, and Lajitas–but what could be more romantic than long drives through beautiful scenery alone with your love?

Check out our guide to the best hikes in Big Bend National Park!

View of Big Bend National Park from above with dramatic hills and rocky landscape

Caddo Lake State Park (+ Jefferson)

While Texas may be classically characterized as a place of cowboys and desert landscapes, at Caddo Lake State Park, you’ll find a very different kind of Texas–one dotted with giant cypress trees that drip Spanish moss and leisurely canoe rides.

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This isn’t a lake for swimming–the alligators who live in the lake are best avoided–but it is utterly beautiful, and a perfect escape from daily life.

Combining a visit to Caddo Lake with a weekend spent in the beloved town of Jefferson (known for its historic bed and breakfasts and delightful downtown) makes for a fantastic weekend trip for couples hoping to combine nature with small-town charm.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Jefferson!

Caddo Lake in East Texas with cypress trees lining the lake

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The second-largest canyon in the USA is located in Texas’ panhandle, and Palo Duro Canyon is almost overwhelming in its beauty.

With plenty of hikes and viewpoints to choose from, Palo Duro Canyon is among the best romantic getaways in Texas for couples who love the outdoors!

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Hiking to the Lighthouse, stargazing in the park, and (if you’re visiting in the summer) attending the classic Texas Outdoor Musical all belong on your list of things to do in Palo Duro Canyon.

The state park is also a short drive from Route 66, so consider taking a detour to snap cute couples photos at kitschy spots like Cadillac Ranch while you’re there, too!

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Palo Duro Canyon State Park!

Kate Storm standing in front of the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon TX

Garner State Park

Nestled along the banks of the sparkling Frio River, Garnder State Park is widely considered one of the best state parks in Texas, and is a fantastic place to have a nature-filled getaway!

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If your idea of the perfect trip includes a secluded cabin for two set along the river, s’mores cooked over a campfire at night, and plenty of tubing, swimming, and hiking during the day, Garner State Park is the romantic Texas destination for you.

Spending a day tubing the Frio River is an absolute must, of course, but be sure to set aside time to climb Mount Baldy and soak in views of the river from above, too!

view of frio river in garner state park, one of the best places to visit in texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Set just south of the New Mexico border in West Texas, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is home to the four highest peaks in Texas and some incredible hiking trails.

For couples who love to hike together, there may be no more romantic trip in Texas than summiting Guadalupe Peak and standing at the literal top of Texas together!

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Depending on how long you and your partner have to get away, you could extend your couples’ trip into New Mexico, as well.

Just over the border sits Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which features more than 100 caves and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check out our guide to the best hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park!

Rocky peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, one of the best couples trips in Texas

Colorado Bend State Park

Located in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado Bend State Park is packed with interesting caves, beautiful waterfalls (including 70-foot tall Gorman Falls, which is absolutely not to be missed), and great hiking and swimming opportunities.

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Want to go on a bit of an adventure?

Consider signing up for a cave tour as part of your couples’ Texas getaway!

Check out our guide to Colorado Bend State Park!

View of Gorman Falls Texas from the side with fall foliage surrounding it

Texas Cities Perfect for Romantic Getaways

Looking for an excuse to seek out some city lights?

These cities are perfect romantic trip destinations in Texas!

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Austin

The live music capital of the world is the perfect weekend getaway in Texas for couples who love to get out and dance!

In addition to its music scene, Austin’s great hikes, incredible day trip opportunities, and unique sights like the South Congress Bridge bats and Texas State Capitol mean that you’ll never run out of things to do.

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Don’t miss the chance to watch the sunset over Lake Travis, go for a dip in Barton Springs, or snap cutesy photos at the famous “I love you so much” mural during your trip!

Check out our guide to spending a weekend in Austin!

greetings from austin mural on a sunny day with red roadside relics doors to the left

Dallas

Known for its upscale shopping and excellent food scene, Dallas is the perfect big-city weekend getaway in north Texas.

Whether you’re there for a day or a week, you won’t run out of fun date ideas in Dallas!

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Stroll through the Arboretum, check out the Dallas Museum of Art, admire the view from Reunion Tower, wander through the Bishop Arts District, and enjoy a romantic evening at one of Dallas’ many award-winning restaurants as part of your romantic escape.

Check out our guide to spending a weekend in Dallas!

Dallas skyline as seen from Reunion Tower at sunset. Dallas is one of the most romantic getaways in Texas for couples

San Antonio

Home to Texas’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site, some incredible food, and interesting history, San Antonio makes for a fantastic couples trip in Texas.

Spend your days exploring the city, visiting the San Antonio Missions (including the famous Alamo, of course) and romantic spots like the Japanese Tea Garden, and your evenings seeking out fun restaurants and nightlife.

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The Pearl District and the River Walk are both must-see spots on a San Antonio couples getaway (and while the River Walk may be touristy, it’s definitely worth experiencing at least once!).

Like Austin, San Antonio is located within close proximity of many other Hill Country highlights–if you’d like to mix a city and small town into the same trip, consider paying a visit to Boerne while you’re there!

Check out our guide to spending a weekend in San Antonio!

San Antonio Texas River Walk as seen from above at night with colorful umbrellas on the left side of the photo

Houston

The USA’s fourth-largest city is positively packed with things to do, from an incredible food scene to interesting art galleries to, of course, the NASA Space Center.

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While you’re there, consider checking out the skyline views at Buffalo Bayou Park, taking in a show in the theater district, and heading out to the Kemah Boardwalk for the day.

For couples who love the big city, Houston is absolutely among the best romantic getaways in Texas.

Houston Texas skyline on a sunny day. One of the most interesting facts about Texas is that Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the USA

Romantic Getaways in Texas on the Beach

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Texas has plenty of delightful beach towns to choose from!

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South Padre Island

While South Padre Island may be known in part for its hectic Spring Break parties, the island also has a romantic side, one complete with watching sunrises over the water, enjoying a horseback ride on the beach at sunset, and checking out the sea turtle rescue on the island.

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On your way to or from South Padre, consider stopping by nearby Port Isabel to add a lighthouse visit to your trip away.

We actually spent our first wedding anniversary on South Padre Island, so we’ll always be partial to it for that reason!

Check out our guide to spending a weekend on South Padre Island!

seagulls on a beach on south padre as seen during a long weekend in south padre itinerary

Rockport

Known for having one of the best beaches in Texas, Rockport is the perfect place to dig your toes in the sand underneath a cabana umbrella and while away a day with your love.

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If you can pull yourself away from the beautiful water, though, you’ll find plenty more things to do in Rockport-Fulton!

Consider going bird-watching at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, touring the Fulton Mansion, and exploring Goose Island State Park as part of your romantic Texas getaway for two.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Rockport!

Rockport beach with multiple straw cabanas visible with the water in the background. visiting rockport beach is one of the most fun things to do in rockport tx

Galveston

Primarily known as a destination for Houstonians looking for a beach close to home, Galveston is worth visiting for more than just a chance to cool off in the water.

If you and your partner are looking for a romantic getaway in Texas that combines an exciting, historic city with some time spent relaxing on one of several beaches, Galveston is the place for you!

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While you’re there, be sure to check out the Strand, to tour one of the city’s historic Victorian homes, and to pay a visit to the Historic Pier (and hop on the Ferris Wheel for great views if you’re so inclined)–all of which, along with enjoying the beaches, rank among the most memorable sights in Galveston.

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Galveston!

aerial view of galveston island and some of the best beaches in galveston tx

Mustang Island

With a state park, plenty of beaches, long, beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, and great fishing, Mustang Island is a beloved beach destination in Texas.

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With fishing to do, dolphin cruises to take, and sunsets to watch, you can’t go wrong with a laid-back trip to Port Aransas

If you’re looking for a laid-back weekend at the beach, add Port Aransas and nearby Mustang Island State Park to your list of potential romantic getaways in Texas!

Check out our guide to the best things to do in Port Aransas!

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