1. San Antonio, TX
1hr 30 mins from Austin
San Antonio is a city rich in history, embarking on its 300th anniversary this year. When planning on what to see and do here, there is, of course, the Alamo, one of its top tourist destinations. But visitors shouldn’t forget about the four other Spanish colonial missions, all of which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Strolling along the bustling River Walk is another signature sight-seeing activity. Into art? Visit one (or more!) of San Antonio’s many museums, such as the McNay Art Museum and the Witte Museum. Family-friendly spots include Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld and the San Antonio Zoo. Before leaving, you can’t miss out on eating some Tex-Mex, a cuisine that’s found all over the state but was put on the map in this very city in the 1800s.
Stay here: Hotel Emma is a luxury hotel conveniently located in the heart of the trendy Pearl District. The building was originally built as a brewery in 1894 and has been transformed into a handsome space that expertly combines historic industrial accents with refined modern touches.