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Top 5 Texas vacation spots

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A family settles in for a vacation at South Padre Island.

Texas stretches across mountains, plains, lakes, and coastline, which means there’s no shortage of places to spend the summer. Still deciding on your vacation plans? Here’s the Lone Star State’s top five spots for relaxation, from city to country and everything in between.

5 – Palo Duro Canyon — It’s time to commune with nature in the Palo Duro Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of Texas. Hike, bike, or even horseback ride through 120 miles of cliffs. Stay in civilization in the city of Amarillo just 25 miles away, bring an RV, or come with a tent and enjoy a stunning nighttime sky of stars.

4 – Concan Texas – While in Texas Hill Country, devote extra time to the Frio River community of Concan. The water stays cold all year so it’s the perfect place to lounge in a tube when temperatures tick above 100°. Rent a cabin on the water or grab a campsite, and book in for a sunset bat cave tour.

3 – Texas Hill Country – Experience small town Texas in Hill Country. Get away from summer crowds with its wealth of off-the-beaten-path pleasures, including towns called Comfort and the least crowded natural spring swimming pool to be found. You can even watch the night sky from a room in the bubble hotel.

2 – San Antonio – Take a historic city break in San Antonio, the fastest growing city in Texas. Of course, there’s the Alamo and the River Walk, but San Antonio offers much more to explore. Instead of driving through fancy neighborhoods, rent a paddleboard and cruise through them, or geek out on games and obstacles at the Doseum interactive museum (technically for kids, but we don’t judge).

And the No. 1 Texas vacation spot … South Padre Island. Hit the beach at South Padre Island, with 34 miles of white sand to choose from. Take the kids to the touch-tanks at the Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center, or slip down the waterslides at the Schlitterbahn. By night, explore local restaurants and live music.

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