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Vacation in Austin and plan a memorable trip in one of the top destinations in Texas! This lively urban center attracts millions of people a year who enjoy an eclectic mix of culture paired with local charm.
Although best known for live music, Austin offers guests plenty of outdoor activities, historical sites, arts and culture, sports and nightlife. No matter what type of vacation you plan, the city welcomes you to try it all.
Venture from your Austin vacation rental and head into the great outdoors. The city's location borders the Hill Country region, which includes several lakes suited for water recreation. Among the top things to do, visitors love boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming year-round in Barton Springs Pool and cruising. Off the water, families can plan special tours, go hiking and biking, rock climbing, play golf, visit local wineries and take a relaxing horseback ride. Kids won't want to miss the Austin Zoo, Austin Aquarium and mini-golf.
The fun doesn't stop there. The city has grown into a popular place to live and visit, all while honoring its culture and heritage. Top landmarks include the Texas State Capitol, Mount Bonnell, Congress Avenue and University of Texas-Austin, home to the Texas Longhorns college football team. Those looking to immerse themselves in art and culture will find dozens of art galleries and museums. The most popular include LBJ Presidential Library, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Thinkery, Graffiti Park and Blanton Museum of Art, to name a few.
One of the top ways to experience Austin's cultural diversity is attending a festival. The city hosts at least one a month, celebrating music, rodeos, food, art and more. Signature events include SXSW, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Urban Music Festival, Republic of Texas Biker Rally and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. If you enjoy Grand Prix racing, you’re in luck because Austin is home to Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The city also has districts that honor and celebrate African American, Latino and Asian customs and traditions.
This thriving city may be packed full of activities and attractions, but no Austin vacation will feel complete without experiencing its live music and nightlife. In fact, Austin is known to many as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” due to its 200-plus music venues and thousands of shows a year. Visitors who want late-night options can explore dozens of bars, comedy clubs, theaters and nightclubs.
When it's time to fill up, sample Austin's food scene. Vacationers will find hundreds of restaurants, serving both traditional favorites and international flavors. Satisfy your craving and select from seafood hot spots, steakhouses, dozens of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican spots, sushi, gourmet and famous Texas-style barbecue. Don't forget to stop at one of the food trucks for a quick bite and to chat with friendly locals.
Before heading home, experience some of the best shopping in Texas. In Austin, groups have access to both big-box shopping centers and boutiques, selling everything from Western apparel to souvenirs and handmade items created by local residents. To browse boutiques, visit the 2nd Street District, an area lined with locally owned shops. Or spend the day at The Domain, home to well known brands and independent designers who focus on a buy local approach. Families who have more time can also enjoy pampering at one of the many spas in the Austin area.
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Book a Dallas vacation rental and visit one of the most exciting cities in Texas! iTrip Vacations Dallas manages rentals in greater Dallas, including the areas of Addison, Arlington, Deep Elum, Downtown, Frisco, Grapevine and Grapevine Lake, Lake Ray Hubbard, Mesquite, Park Cities, Plano, Ray Roberts Lake, Uptown, Victory Park and White Rock Lake.
Located in north Texas, Dallas offers a diverse destination. With world-class attractions and theme parks, over a dozen sports teams, museums, an eclectic food scene, one of the best zoos in the U.S., horseback riding, trails, parks, and lively entertainment, our guests can plan a vacation that best suits their interests.
Start by exploring urban areas packed full of live shows, vibrant food and nightlife options, pro sports, museums, and art galleries. Arlington – one of the largest cities in the Dallas area – is home to Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. Catch a concert at the American Airlines Center, performing arts center, House of Blues Dallas, symphony center or more intimate venues located throughout the area.
Sports fans can cheer on NFL Dallas Cowboys, NBA Dallas Mavericks, MLB Texas Rangers, MLS FC Dallas, NHL Dallas Stars and professional lacrosse with the Dallas Rattlers. Those who have a passion for college sports can watch teams at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas Christian University (TCU), University of North Texas and dozens of other colleges. Frisco also welcomes crowds to the Soccer Hall of Fame, and to watch Texas Rough Riders minor league baseball and the G-League basketball team Texas Legends.
When not part of the action, head to the galleries and museums. The Dallas Arts District ranks among the largest in the world, as it offers 19 continuous blocks of arts and culture. Top sites include the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Natural Science and Nasher Sculpture Center. Visitors who want to see it all should schedule a tour, with many traveling to the JFK Assassination site and memorial, Reunion Tower, historical districts and outlying cities, such as Plano and Mesquite.
Looking for a scenic retreat? Venture from your Dallas vacation rental and head outside. Over 10 lakes and 20 parks welcome guests to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens ranks among the best in the world, drawing millions of guests every year. Other must-sees include White Rock Lake Park, Texas Horse Park, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium and Texas Discovery Gardens.
In addition to award-winning attractions and entertainment, Dallas also features a diverse food and shopping scene. No matter the neighborhood, hundreds of restaurants await with delicious flavors. Select from handmade chef creations, casual hangouts, international cuisine and American classics. While dining, remember that Texas is known for its famous barbecue.
For retail therapy, shoppers will find everything they need. The city showcases upscale designers, small boutiques, vintage pieces and antiques. As the city's main shopping center, Galleria Dallas has three levels of stores and an indoor ice skating rink. Northpark Center and Highland Park Village focus on high-end brands and fashion, while Dallas Farmers Market offers locally made goods. For big discounts, stop by Allen and Grand Prairie premium outlet malls.
No matter when you vacation in Dallas, you'll have access to hundreds of events. The area's diverse population and fun-loving vibes create a full calendar of festivals for all ages and interests. Summer concerts, food festivals, international cultures, and artisans are on display for visitors to enjoy. Don't miss Savor Dallas, Plano International Festival, USA Film Festival, Addison Oktoberfest, State Fair of Texas, DFW Music Festival and Frisco's Arts in the Square.
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Vacation in Galveston and experience island life right off the Texas coast! Our Galveston vacation rentals offer easy access to 32 miles of beaches, historical attractions, amusement parks, restaurants and everything else needed for a memorable getaway. We have rentals on Galveston Island as well as in the Kemah, Seaport and Port Bolivar areas.
With locations on Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, visitors find plenty of year-round outdoor recreation activities. On the water, plan dolphin tours, fishing charters, sunset cruises, kayaking, surfing, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding. Need a place to relax? Galveston houses more than seven beach parks perfect for laying out in the sun and spending time with friends and loved ones. Or admire the view while playing a round at Moody Gardens Golf Course or Galveston Country Club.
Don't miss historic Pleasure Pier, which measures over 1,100 feet and features 16 rides for all ages, a 5D theater ride, shops, games and restaurants. Pleasure Pier also hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, with live music, food festivals and much more.
Moody Gardens, the city's entertainment district, also ranks as a must-see. Guests have access to an aquarium, rainforest pyramid, boat tours, special theaters and museums. This attraction pairs the best of outdoor and indoor fun the whole family will love. Other activities at Moody Gardens include a ropes and zipline course, Palm Beach water park in the summer, and seasonal events.
For history and culture, stop by the museums or historical sites. Groups can explore Moody Mansion, Bishop's Palace, Galveston Children's Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum and Seawolf Park.
Next, visit downtown Galveston, home to 70 blocks of shops, restaurants, architecture and attractions. The Strand Historic District provides a great place for self-guided walks, shopping, browsing art galleries and trying fresh seafood. Whether planning to spend a few hours or a day, the downtown area is home to many top attractions.
Need a break from the adventure? Select from hundreds of restaurants with diverse menus full of delicious and flavorful foods. Many restaurants in Galveston are family-owned and -operated, ensuring guests get an authentic meal and experience. Enjoy cuisine from barbecue and Tex-Mex to Indian, Cajun, Italian and Mediterranean – and everything in between. If visiting in January, attend the two-week-long Galveston Restaurant Week, which showcases local flavors. Night-owls also have several nightlife options for kicking back while enjoying live bands and local vibes.
No matter what time of year you visit, Galveston also hosts signature events that celebrate culture, holidays, food and fun. Top events include Mardi Gras Galveston, the Food and Wine Festival, the Juneteeth Celebration, Sand Crab Night Run, Wild Texas Shrimp Festival, Island Greek Festival and Winter Wonder.
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Visit Highland Lakes, Texas, and experience lake living at its finest. iTrip Vacations Austin manages rentals in Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Burnet and Kingsland, all located an hour northwest of Austin.
The Highland Lakes area offers a pristine vacation destination for outdoor lovers. Its location provides easy proximity to six nearby lakes, and several breweries, wineries and parks. Two of the area's most popular spots for outdoor recreation are Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Lake and Lake Marble Falls. Both offer ample space for water lovers and amenities that make exploring easy and fun.
Top things to do include boating, fishing, paddleboarding, swimming and simply admiring the view. For more adventure, plan horseback rides and zipline excursions located only a short drive from Highland Lakes. See the area in a new way on a 4x4 ride with Hidden Falls Adventure Park, which takes guests off-road to see waterfalls, tree-filled hills and nature's rugged landscape. For hiking trails, head to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Lakeside Park and Johnson Park. Kids also have access to Exotic Resort Zoo, Falls Creek Park and Skatepark, Hill Country Science Mill, and helicopter tours.
If golf is more your game, find eight golf courses nearby that feature challenging holes and scenic views. Top golf courses in the area include The Legends Golf Course, Escondido Golf, and Lake Club and Slick Rock Golf Course. Golfers will find many courses are only a 15-minute drive from their Highland Lakes vacation rental.
Breweries and vineyards offer a different kind of experience. Save the World Brewing Company focuses on two things: Texas craft beer and philanthropy. Visitors can sample local beers in the tasting room while watching sports or playing games. Heart of Texas Wine Tours offers winery tours through the Texas Hill Country, and a standard tour includes three stops and tastings. Families and kids will enjoy a trip to Sweet Berry Farm, a local farm that opens for events like strawberry picking and pumpkin patch fun.
Take a break from the action to eat and shop. The area houses dozens of boutiques, specialty stores and spas ideal for a day on the town. Guests enjoy shopping for Texas-style fashion, local art and souvenirs to take home. In between activities, take a seat at one of the restaurants or order to-go. Highland Lakes houses over 60 restaurants that offer their own flavors and atmospheres. Keep an eye out for food trucks that help hungry travelers fill up fast.
The region also showcases its small-town charm through annual and community events. At any given time, guests will find live music at local restaurants, karaoke nights, yoga classes, children's story times, citywide yard sales and charity events. For world-renown festivals and celebrations, remember that Austin is only an hour away and hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment.
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Visit Houston to see one of the most exciting cities in Texas! iTrip Vacations Texas Coastal manages vacations rentals in Houston, Galveston, Kemah and Surfside.
Houston – named among Forbes' Top 12 Destinations – bustles with culture, people and things to do. Start your Houston vacation by visiting one of the city's top attractions. Families with children should explore Houston Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals. Then tour the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Space Center Houston and Children's Museum of Houston. Each offer new adventures for the whole family.
Next find ways to connect to nature. Rent bikes for a peaceful ride, or spend time at an area park. Herman Park Conservancy welcomes over 6 million visitors per year who can rent pedal boats, take guided tours, play golf, see gardens and dine. In addition, golfers can test their skills at 12-plus golf courses in Houston, including Memorial Park, Heron Lakes and Golf Club of Houston.
Other popular outdoor activities include horseback riding, boat tours, hot-air balloon rides and relaxing on the beach. Our Houston vacation rentals offer easy access to Galveston Island, Kemah and Surfside, three beach destinations on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Culture and history beckon visitors to explore the area's art galleries and museums – over 50 of them in fact. Must-sees include Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston Museum District, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Holocaust Museum of Houston.
Shopping also ranks as a popular activity, as Houston is home to large districts and local boutiques. The Galleria, home to 400 stores and restaurants, features traditional mall shopping. Highland Village, Uptown Park, West Avenue and River Oaks have distinct boutiques, retailers, and dining options. Don't forget to save big at Houston Premium Outlets and its 120 name-brand outlet stores.
Looking for something to do at night? Don't worry. The fun doesn't end at dusk. The city has a vibrant entertainment and nightlife scene. Multiple indoor and outdoor theaters host live performances, concerts, comedians and dancers. Houston has its own ballet, symphony, performing arts centers and opera house. Those who book a Houston vacation rental also have access to festivals, marathons, parades and other events that celebrate the city's urban style.
The Toyota Center, one of the largest venues, welcomes big names in music and hosts the NBA Houston Rockets. Along with the NBA, sports fans have plenty to cheer for in Houston. The city serves as home to professional major league teams and collegiate teams. Watch professional rodeos, baseball, football, soccer, softball and rugby. The city has also hosted Olympic qualifying soccer matches, NCAA Final Four games and the Super Bowl. No wonder it's called Sports City, USA.
Ranked among the best food cities in the U.S., Houston welcomes foodies to sample rich flavors and homemade staples. As the local experience trend increases, more restaurants have opened in the area, which has become more diverse over the years. Visitors will find American, Asian, barbecue, Italian, Indian, pizza hot spots and blends of international flavors.
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Vacation in Kemah and enjoy waterfront views, entertainment, and easy access to other popular cities in Texas! iTrip Vacations Texas Coastal manages rentals in Kemah on Galveston Bay.
Located 35 miles from Houston, Kemah offers visitors a beach-loving escape from busy city life. Start the adventure at Kemah Boardwalk, home to amusement rides, thrills, dining, shopping and festivals. The boardwalk has rides for all ages, including a double-decker carousel, Ferris wheel, swings and roller coasters. Next head over to the Stingray Reef to touch and feed live sting rays, and learn about animals that live in the rainforest.
While at the boardwalk, attend a family-friendly concert, parade or celebration the whole group will enjoy. Top annual events at Kemah Boardwalk range from a summer concert series, fireworks Fridays, country music on Wednesday nights, car shows, food fests and holiday fun.
When it's time to cool off, venture into the water. Kemah's location on the bay makes it a top spot for water recreation. Take a boat tour, go fishing, rent kayaks or sail. The seasonal Boardwalk Beast takes guests out for a wet-and-wild tour through Galveston Bay. Those looking to rest and relax will enjoy plenty of space at El Jardin Beach perfect for soaking up the sun.
In nearby La Porte, explore Sylvan Beach Park, which measures 31 acres. Fish from the pier, play on the playground, picnic in the shade and show off at the skate park. These activities paired with park amenities make this a great place to spend the day.
Our Kemah vacation rentals also provide access to attractions in Galveston and Houston. In Galveston – located 26 miles south – find water sports, parks, golf courses, museums, Pleasure Pier and a thriving downtown. The Strand Historic District houses shops, restaurants, museums and historical sites. For entertainment, visit Moody Gardens. This hot spot has multiple attractions, outdoor activities and live entertainment.
Houston's big-city vibes await just a short drive west. As one of the largest cities in Texas, Houston is packed full of adventure. Outdoor lovers can explore hiking and horseback riding trails, golf courses, parks, and the Houston Zoo, a must-see with over 6,000 animals. To learn about arts and culture, visit over 60 galleries and museums that showcase Texas history and special exhibits. See the city via bike or Segway to cover the most ground.
Night owls will also find places to chill as Houston has dozens of nightlife spots with live music, local brews, handmade cocktails, and delicious food. To sample the best of the area, book a tasting tour or visit a local brewery. Don't forget to check ahead for festivals featuring food, fun and friendly people.
Before returning to your Texas Coast vacation rental, shop for souvenirs, fashion and gifts for loved ones. Houston houses several large malls and shopping centers, such as The Galleria. This mall offers over 400 stores and restaurants and ranks among the most popular retail destinations in the area.
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Our Lake Travis vacation rentals offer waterfront views, easy access to outdoor recreation and a place to escape. iTrip Vacations Austin manages rentals located on Lake Travis, which sits only 40 minutes northwest of Austin.
Lake Travis is a reservoir off the Colorado River in central Texas. Measuring over 63 miles, the lake features over 271 miles of shoreline with several access points. For a day on the water, launch from your Lake Travis vacation rental or rent a boat. Guests will find over 20 marinas, yacht clubs and water sports rental companies.
Popular things to do on Lake Travis include boating, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and flyboarding. To get a local's perspective, plan a guided fishing trip with experts, and catch bass and crappie.
In addition, guests enjoy access to 15 parks on the reservoir. Each one offers its own amenities such as beach spots, picnic areas, ramps, grills and docks. Several even have places to shore fish and scuba dive, including Windy Point and Mansfield Dam. Krause Springs, one of the top swimming sites in the area, welcomes visitors to its 32 springs and man-made and natural pools.
Visitors don't come to Lake Travis for just water recreation, either. In fact, the area is home to golf, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and ziplining opportunities. Play a round at courses in Lakeway, Lago Vista and Leander. Sip and tour through vineyards in Marble Falls and Spicewood. Then try brews and spirits while enjoying some warm Texas sunshine.
When it's time for a break, head to the area's shops or see a show. Stroll Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave to find locally owned boutiques. For a treat, enjoy live performances at the Lake Travis Music Theater, which brings Broadway hits to the area. Sit by the lake and watch a movie under the stars at Lakeway City Park. Or kick back at a local bar, club or lounge, and listen to live music.
In addition to shopping and entertainment, visitors will find dozens of restaurants to sample local cuisine. Select from cozy cafes, casual and upscale waterfront spots, and hidden gems nestled in friendly neighborhoods. Barbecue, burgers, cakes, pizza, steak, seafood – you'll find it all here. Many chefs even use locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms, ensuring every dish bursts with flavor.
If this isn't enough to keep busy, drive to nearby Austin. As one of the top urban destinations in the state, Austin is packed full of arts and culture, entertainment, music, shopping, and a raved-about food scene. Take city tours to learn about history and the people that help define Austin's culture. See architecture, kayak and look for bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge, or hike and bike through the city.
Other top attractions in Austin include LBJ Presidential Library, Austin City Limits, Texas State Capitol, The Driskill, Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Metro Park. Before leaving, cheer on local favorites in sports. Austin is home to NCAA football, basketball and baseball and AHL hockey, to name a few.
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Book a Surfside vacation rental, and stay right on the Texas Gulf Coast! iTrip Vacations Texas Coastal Rentals manages homes on Surfside Beach, located on the Gulf of Mexico. Known as a popular spot for locals and visitors, Surfside Beach has both pedestrian and drive-on options. Its quaint location offers small-town charm, friendly locals and water activities for all ages.
Four miles of coastline welcome visitors to sunbathe, surf, swim and horseback ride. Jetty Park – a popular gathering spot – measures 15 acres where families can go fishing and shelling, look for wildlife, play on the playground and have a picnic. Several boat charters and water tours are also available, so everyone can experience the area first-hand.
While playing outside, don't miss the Bluewater Highway Trail, a 3-mile paved path that starts in the center of town. In addition to providing a good workout, the trail also offers easy access to restaurants and shops in Surfside Beach. The area has several casual and upscale waterfront restaurants serving fresh seafood, distinct flavors, and welcoming atmospheres.
Interested in local history? Visit the Varner-Hogg Plantation, located 40 miles inland in West Columbia. This attraction showcases sugar cane production, rum distilling and oil drilling. Visitors will learn about different eras while seeing pecan orchards and magnolia trees dating back centuries. Close to Surfside find Fort Velasco, once an important battleground for America's independence.
To break from the sun or try something new, Sea Center Texas and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science keep the whole group entertained. Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson is a free attraction that has aquariums, a marine fish hatchery and other exhibits. Then check out the free Brazosport Museum of Natural Science in Clute, home to shell collections, dinosaur skeletons, fossils and area artifacts.
Need more things to do? Drive an hour northeast to Galveston, an action-packed city located on the Texas Gulf Coast. Best known for its fun-loving vibes, Galveston gives visitors access to Moody Gardens' aquarium, rainforest, theaters, ropes course and waterpark. Or take the family to museums, parks, beaches and historic areas, such as The Strand.
Those who vacation in Surfside Beach also enjoy proximity to Houston. As one of Texas' largest cities, it's easy to find attractions, entertainment and sports in this vacation hot spot. Spend time at the Children's Museum of Houston, Houston Zoo and Space Center Houston. Next cheer on the teams. Houston is home to the Astros (MLB), Texans (NFL), Rockets (NBA) and Dynamo (MLS). Other popular things to do in Houston include shopping, dining, visiting parks, sightseeing tours and live shows.
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