Austin ranks among America’s best summer vacation spots


With the hot and humid weather, Texas isn’t often thought of as a prime summer vacation destination. But three cities in the Lone Star State rank among the top 12 in the nation where you get the most bang for your travel buck, according to a new survey. WalletHub compared 80 of the most populated metro areas across six categories, including travel costs and hassles, local costs, the number of attractions, weather, activities, and safety…

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Legendary Texas landmark dissed as worst tourist trap


Forget the Alamo. That’s the advice from Business Insider in dubbing the famed San Antonio attraction the “worst tourist trap” in Texas. “Remember the Alamo? More like, spend a day at the Alamo and you’ll remember to never go back,” Business Insider opined in its ranking of the worst tourist trap in each state. “The building’s remains are so small they consistently disappoint visitors.” The website adds: “History buffs might get a kick out of…

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The ultimate guide to the 10 best places to camp across Texas


Whether you’re a mountain fanatic, beach bum, or canyon lover, Texas has some of the most unique and diverse types of land when it comes to outdoor adventures, camping in particular. Many are scattered throughout the state, but there are a handful just a short drive from Austin. So grab your sleeping bag, pack your tent, and let the moon guide you to some of the coolest camping spots in Texas. Big Bend National Park…

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Downtown Austin’s newest hotels unveil summer opening date


Downtown Austin’s hotel boom continues with an anticipated summer debut. The dual-branded Aloft and Element is on track to open July 27 at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. The concept from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, announced in 2015, offers two distinct experiences in the same space. Aloft Austin Downtown is funky and urban, while Element Austin Downtown focuses on clean, eco-friendly design. Shared amenities include an all-hours fitness center, almost 2,500 square…

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Best lake getaways near Austin to beat the heat — and escape crowds


One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is to head to the lake, but it often seems that everyone has the same idea. Why not check out one of these nearby alternatives to Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis that are less crowded and offer a wide variety of activities and water sports? Canyon Lake, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, and Lake Buchanan fit the bill and can be easily reached…

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These 4 weekend getaways are worth the drive from Austin


About halfway between the winter holidays and summer vacation, the itch sets in to get out of town. If you don’t have the budget or vacation days to take a lengthy trip, gas up the car and take a weekend road trip to one of these small Texas towns that will quench your thirst for new adventures. Tyler Explore: About four hours from Austin, Tyler State Park has towering trees and a scenic spring-fed lake…

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New pet hotel with valet parking debuts at Austin airport


Just in time for the summer travel season, Bark&Zoom pet hotel and parking complex has opened on the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport grounds. Conveniently located at 2601 Cardinal Loop, the 24-hour facility makes boarding your pet — and hopping on a flight — a breeze. The facility features accommodations for both dogs and cats, with no breed restrictions. Overnight boarding ranges from $48-$85 per night, and there is also a $35 daycare option. Owners can spoil…

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Historic Hill Country resort’s new look beckons for a getaway


Giant cypress trees loom over crystal-clear waters in Wimberley, Texas, where 7A Ranch and Pioneer Town offers cabins, lodges, and other attractions across several acres on the banks of the Blanco River. Here, visitors can hike a half-mile of shady riverfront oasis, take a dip in the river or pool, kayak the slowly winding Blanco, hit the arcade in Pioneer Town, barbecue outdoors with family, and more. Established in 1946, the family-owned resort was nearly…

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New boutique hostel boasts affordable Austin lodging that’s still cool


A new boutique lodging option for Austin visitors, Native Hostel, opens Wednesday, May 10, at 807 E. Fourth St. It promises an authentic, affordable getaway for out-of-towners and Austinites. The concept comes from a powerful executive team: Michael Dickson (principal of Icon Design + Build and owner of such restaurants as Eberly and Winflo Osteria); Antonio Madrid (Icon Design + Build); and Will Steakley (co-founder of The Mohawk and Den Property Group). The idea? To…

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These Texas hotels make a splash on list of the best pools in America


Want to lounge by a really cool hotel pool in Texas? It turns out you’ve got not one, but two cool choices in the Lone Star State. Travel website Skyscanner says the pools at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and Marriott Marquis Houston are among the 10 best hotel pools in the U.S. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa made the list thanks to its private…

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