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Texas Summer Vacation Tips

July and August are incredibly busy across the state of Texas. This time frame also sees some of the year's hottest temperatures. Many out-of-state visitors are unaccustomed to such heat. Despite the crowds and the high soaring temperatures, there is plenty of summer fun to be had in Texas. Here are a few tips for ensuring you get the most out of your Texas summer vacation.

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Texas' Best Drive-To Vacation Destinations

Although Texas is a huge state – one that can take days to drive across – there are plenty of “drive-to” destinations within easy reach of Texas’ major metro areas. Of course, each of Texas’ largest cities are destinations within themselves. However, for local residents looking for a quick weekend escape, or for out-of-town visitors looking for a day trip from their primary vacation destination, the following are easy drives to interesting places.

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Galveston Pleasure Pier

The Galveston Pleasure Pier is a one-of-a-kind attraction for vacationers on Galveston Island. With a variety of rides, a midway full of games, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant, breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and more, visiting the Galveston Pleasure Pier is a great way to top off any vacation to the Texas coast.

Arroyo City Texas

Arroyo City is a secluded town on the banks of the Arroyo Colorado River. It is situated just off the Lower Laguna Madre Bay, about halfway between Port Isabel and Port Mansfield. This tiny, isolated waterfront community is a great vacation destination for fishermen, birders, nature lovers and, basically, anyone wanting to get away from it all.

Minor League Baseball in Texas

Well over a dozen minor league baseball teams call Texas home. With these teams scattered across the Lone Star State, Texas visitors are never far from a minor league ballpark. And, attending an evening baseball game is a great way to cap off any Texas vacation.

Road Trip Through Texas on US Route 77

US Route 77 runs the length of Texas from the Mexican border to Oklahoma, making it a great route for a road trip through Texas.

Texas Attractions by City

Every city in Texas has a number of great attractions.

Road Trip Down US Route 90 in Texas

Before the construction of I-10, the only east-west (actually, west-east) highway spanning Texas was US Route 90. Although it sees much less traffic since I-10 essentially replaced it, Hwy 90 still exists and offers a great opportunity for a cross-state road trip.

Road Trip Down Interstate 45 in Texas

Stretching between Galveston and Dallas, the 285-mile-long Interstate 45 makes a great long weekend road trip for visitors to Texas.

Road Trip Down Texas' I-35 Corridor

Travelers can take I-35 across Texas from Mexico to Oklahoma, visiting some of Texas' most popular towns and cities along the way.

Road Tripping Down Texas' I-10 Corridor

Interstate 10 runs the width of the United States. In Texas, it runs from the small town of Orange on the Louisiana border to the town of Anthony way out west.

Road Tripping Down Texas' I-10 Corridor

Interstate 10 runs the width of the United States. In Texas, it runs from the small town of Orange on the Louisiana border to the town of Anthony way out west

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