Want to escape normal life for a few days with your partner, but don’t want to go far? You don’t have to: there is no shortage of incredible romantic getaways in Texas!
Whether you’re looking for views of city lights, beach waves, or rolling countryside, the Lone Star State has the perfect couples’ trip for you.
Here are the best romantic getaways in Texas, no matter where your interests lie.
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!
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.
If you and your partner want to get outdoors and enjoy a classic Texas pastime on your vacation, consider heading to Bandera–the cowboy capital of Texas!
Horseback riding and staying at a dude ranch are at the top of the list of things to do here, and will absolutely make for an unforgettable getaway.
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 about 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 Hamilton Pool Preserve.
As the home of the official Texas Bluebonnet Trail, Ennis is the ultimate romantic getaway in Texas when the flowers are blooming each spring.
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.
With its charming downtown, plentiful nearby wineries, and interesting art galleries, Grapevine is a year-round Texas travel destination for couples–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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Big Bend National Park (+ McDonald Observatory)
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!
Be sure to make plans at the nearby McDonald Observatory, too: Big Bend is internationally recognized for its dark skies, making the McDonald Observatory an unparalleled place for stargazing in Texas–and what could be more romantic than that?
Caddo Lake State Park
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Want to go on a bit of an adventure? Consider signing up for a cave tour as part of your couples’ Texas getaway!
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!
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.
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!
Stroll through the Arboretum, check out the Dallas Museum of Art, admire the view from Reunion Tower, and enjoy a romantic evening at one of Dallas’ many award-winning restaurants as part of your romantic escape.
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–the Pearl District and the River Walk are both great options (and while the River Walk may be touristy, it’s definitely worth experiencing at least once!).
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.
For couples who love the big city, Houston is absolutely among the best romantic getaways in Texas.
Romantic Getaways in Texas on the Beach
Looking for a beach vacation in the Lone Star State?
Texas has plenty of beaches to choose from–here are a couple of favorites.
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.
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!
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.
If you’re looking for a laid-back weekend at the beach, add Port Aransas to your list of potential romantic getaways in Texas!