The Guide to the Most Romantic Getaways in Texas

Between delicious fare and beautiful landscapes, destinations across the state can make for a memorable trip.
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james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
james wong - the knot contributing writer and travel expert
James Wong
Travel Writer & Expert
  • James Wong is a freelance travel writer and expert.
  • He's reported for publications including VOGUE, GQ, Time Out and Thrillist.
  • James has lived in London, Tokyo and New York; and has traveled to almost every corner of the world.
Updated Mar 28, 2023
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A romantic getaway in Texas is more feasible than many would expect. Carefree frolicking on the beach is an option along the Gulf Coast, while bustling activity is easy to find across Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The best places to visit in Texas are often packed with good people, surprising culture, award-winning eats and swanky hotels. In addition, a couples getaway in Texas can make for a memorable anniversary trip or domestic honeymoon. From adorable cabins to all-inclusive spa resorts, you can drive past wineries across rolling hills and stay at sanctuaries nestled in the deep leafy woods or dusty cacti-laden lands. Whether seeking luxury resorts or affordable places to stay, we've selected the 10 most romantic getaways in Texas for lovers.


A sunset over a field in Fredericksburg, TX.
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Fredericksburg has just about everything for romance. Hill Country for its wineries, charming European-style streets for evening strolls and adorable accommodation options. Pretty outdoor spaces for fun under the sun is another added benefit to a Fredericksburg weekend getaway for couples. It may be tiny, but this town is mighty.

Things to Do: Stroll the Main Street boutiques and sample some bratwurst, or explore the National Museum of the Pacific War. Spend a day wine tasting in the Hill Country—Viator offers wine tasting tours so you can both indulge (without worrying about a designated driver). Outdoorsy couples can hike the trails of Enchanted Rock State Park or the Lyndon B. Johnson National Park.

Where to Stay: Hoffman Haus is a luxury bed and breakfast just off Main Street, with uniquely outfitted rooms. The establishment offers a delicious gourmet breakfast. Trust us when we say it's worth the early wakeup call.

San Antonio

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A city for history buffs, here's where you'll find the fabled Alamo. In recent years, San Antonio has exploded on the culinary scene with a diverse range of options both on and off the River Walk. Hip hotel bars and fascinating museums cap off a fun-fueled trip.

Things to Do: Take a bike tour and discover the Missions and the Alamo on GetYourGuide. Channel your playful side at Hopscotch Art Museum where drinking is permitted on-site. Wine and dine together at the city's revered restaurants, including Brasserie Mon Chou Chou and Best Quality Daughter.

Where to Stay: A short drive from downtown, La Cantera Resort & Spa is a respite from the city's buzz. With serene Hill Country views, a glorious spa and a range of on-property dining destinations, y'all can hibernate here to especially revel in a romantic getaway in Texas.


Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, TX.
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Summers in Texas can be brutal, but that's why lovebirds flock to Galveston. The Gulf Coast city isn't just beaches: you'll discover back on land a quaint historic district packed with restaurants, museums and hotels, and theme park rides galore over on Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.

Things to Do: Explore the gulf coast with Viator's dolphin tours. Catch some rays on Stewart Beach or East Beach, and end your days at Galveston's top fine dining restaurant, Vargas Cut & Catch.

Where to Stay: The historic district's premier stay is The Tremont House, full of majestic old world charm and a stunning rooftop bar for a scenic anniversary toast.

Fort Worth

The historic district in Fort Worth, TX.
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Standing in the shadows of Dallas, Fort Worth is an appealing romantic couples getaway in Texas thanks to excellent public transportation access, authentic culture and delicious eats. With roots in cowboy history, the city is nicknamed "Cowtown." Throw on those boots and wear them in… there's plenty to explore.

Things to Do: You can't miss the number one attraction, the Stockyards' twice daily cattle drive. In Fort Worth, couples may also want to witness the rodeo. For that, visit the website for the Cowtown Coliseum and explore the events schedule.

Where to Stay: Recent addition to Fort Worth's developing skyline, the Kimpton Harper Hotel brings stunning city views, particularly as the lobby and bar are perched on the 24th floor.


A riverside view of downtown Austin, TX.
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Austin may be growing, but it still retains its charm. Famed for live music, you'll dance with fellow music lovers at festivals, discover unsigned bands and browse old record stores. Austin, Texas (or "ATX" as it's affectionately known) is also one of the best cities for green spaces. Factor in plenty of time to cool off at the creek and pack some hiking boots.

Things to Do: Explore Austin during festival season, when the city comes alive. Austin City Limits is best for music fans and culture fanatics. Media fans will appreciate SXSW. For an excursion on the water, take a boat tour of Ladybird Lake, courtesy of Viator. Finally, couples who adore food should feast on Tex-Mex at popular local chains like Tacodeli and Veracruz All Natural.

Where to Stay: Treat yourselves to a glamorous stay at Fairmont Austin. The skyline icon boasts Austin's top rated spa, fine-dining restaurant Garrison, and intimate champagne and caviar lounge, Room 725. It's perfect for a romantic getaway in Texas.


The Proverb statue in Dallas, TX.
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More than just a weekend getaway for couples, Dallas is an entire romantic vacation. History buffs will adore the museums, while foodies will be spoiled by the amazing dining options. This is the place to go glam, Dynasty-style, as the list of luxury hotels, spas, restaurants and VIP spots is extensive.

What to Do: The Dallas CityPASS is your best way to check off all the top sites and skip those lines in the process. (No lines, more romance.) The Dallas Arboretum is considered one of the most romantic spaces in town, and its gardens are a beloved wedding and events venue. Spicy rigatoni and white tablecloth arrangements await at Carbone, the Italian franchise from New York City. Sports fans must attend a game or two. The city is home to the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavs and the Dallas Stars.

Where to Stay: Virgin Hotels Dallas is the boutique stay situated in the Design District. Feel like a VIP in Sir Richard's Suite (affectionately named after Virgin founder Richard Branson), and marvel at the Dallas skyline from the rooftop pool.


An antique windmill in Wimberley, TX.
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If glamping is your idea of a romantic getaway, Wimberley is your place. The locale has all types of accommodation options: safari tents. tiny homes and more. (A pro tip: allergy sufferers may want to avoid Cedar Fever season in spring. Late summer and fall are best to enjoy the region's natural charms.)

Things to Do: Jump into Jacob's Well, a mesmerizing turquoise body of water. Bring your Gazelle Bike if the Jeep allows, for there are acres of cycling trails to explore. Alternatively, take another mode of transportation: Horseback Adventures of Central Texas takes couples through the dreamy landscape.

Where to Stay: It's been hard to ignore Getaway House on social media lately. The good news is their tiny cabins can be found at Wimberley. Switch off your phones, lock them in a box and enjoy views either from the comfort of cabin bed or by the campfire.


Urban Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston, TX.
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The largest and most diverse city in Houston is the best place for couples with an appetite for authentic international eats and big city exploration. Avoid summer humidity and come for a weekend of museum hopping, including one of America's most famous attractions: the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Things to Do: Tuck into delicious Vietnamese cuisine over on Asiatown. Spend a day at Buffalo Bayou Park, with a picnic and tickets to discover the underground cistern. Shoppers can go wild at The Galleria- good thing AWAY's F.A.R Convertible Backpack holds 45 litres of luggage.

Where to Stay: The Marriott Marquis is famous for a one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped lazy river. Pair that with a happening rooftop bar for the ultimate pool day together.


The Magnolia Silos and Market in Waco, TX.
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This under-the-radar city is ideal for couples keen on veering off the beaten path. Waco offers excellent camping, and small town vibes with cute boutiques, markets and cafes. Magnolia fans will appreciate that Chip and Joanna Gaines are proud residents of Waco, where they've expanded their empire as well.

Things to Do: Fans of soft drinks will get a high at the Dr Pepper Museum, the perfect boost before an afternoon shopping at Magnolia Market. Soak up the sun at Cameron Park, one of the largest in the state.

Where to Stay: Camp Fimfo is a camper's paradise, but even if you don't fancy pitching a tent, you can join in on the outdoorsy fun. The resort also offers cabins and RV sites. Their activities include mini golf, zip lines, a water playground and pickleball.

Big Bend National Park

The sun sets at Big Bend National Park.
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Along the border, Big Bend National Park is a bucket list destination for many Texans. Arrive during cooler months to really take advantage of the desert landscape, which boasts 250 miles of trails, wildlife watching and water activities on the Rio Grande.

Things to Do: Kayak along the Rio Grande, go hiking through the canyons and look out for wildlife. Spot blacktail jackrabbits, mule deer and badgers.

Where to Stay: What could be more romantic than a remote lodge out in the wilderness? Airbnb's ranches are the perfect accommodation. Marvel at the landscape, take in the stars and enjoy your nature-filled romantic getaway in Texas. Don't forget to stock up on groceries as it's remote. (Don't forget to pack your passports due to border checks.)

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