1. San Antonio, TX
Drive time: 1hr 30 mins from Austin
San Antonio is a city rich in history, standing proud at over 300 years old. 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 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 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. Meanwhile, those with a sweet tooth should make a beeline for La Panaderia, the city’s most famous bakery.
Stay here: Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk opened in 2021 and is the hottest property of the moment. It’s conveniently located in the heart of all the action—walking distance along the riverwalk to the likes of the Alamo and trendy Pearl District and has two of the coolest social hangouts (Domingo and Otro) for dining and drinks.