While Houston certainly has enough to keep you busy, it’s nice to get away once in a while — if only for a day. Day trips from Houston are fun, quick, and affordable.
Here are 10 of our favorite destinations that you can easily pull off in a day.
Top 10 Day Trips From Houston
1. Galveston Island
Sacrifice just an hour in the car to enjoy all the beachy things Galveston has to offer. Eat and shop along The Strand, visit the historic mansions, and enjoy games and rides on Pleasure Pier.
If you think Brenham is only about the ice cream factory, you’re missing out. Get a taste for country living and drive only an hour and 20 minutes. You can shop for antiques, eat at one of the cute mom and pop joints, and of course, do the Blue Bell tour.
Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Brenham lies the sleepy town of Navasota. Combine the two destinations, or enjoy Navasota alone. Be sure to check out Washington on the Brazos for some serious Texas history. It’s an easy drive of an hour and 15 minutes.
8. San Marcos
In San Marcos, the laid-back vibe is contagious. This city houses Texas State University’s sprawling campus, along with some fabulous shopping and even a cave. In the summer, floating the Guadalupe or Comal River is a must. Drive time is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Everyone needs to see our state’s capital at least once. And at 2 hours, 40 minutes away, the drive is quite doable. It’s a fascinating trip, with much to offer besides the history. Visit and you’ll understand the city’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.”
With a drive time of four hours, this one might be a bit of a stretch. But you won’t want to miss scenic Fredericksburg, known for two main things — wine and peaches. If you go in the summer, you’ll get to enjoy both!
Any of these day trips from Houston would be a fun-filled destination. Why not make it your goal to see them all this year?
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