When to Go

Peak Season: June to August

The Lone Star State is definitely not lonely during the summer vacation months. Rivers, lakes, and beaches are teeming with activity. Theme parks are wide open, golf courses are in full swing, and shopping destinations are brimming with bargain hunters. Book early for the best availability.

Off Season: December to February

Depending where you call home, Texas winters can be considered mild, except in the Panhandle and north Texas areas, where temperatures are colder and snow is more frequent. Fewer visitors, though, can mean reduced rates at this time of year, not only at major attractions and hotels, but also in smaller towns and venues like bed-and-breakfast inns. Shorter days also mean fewer available tee times on popular golf courses; schedule in advance if you need a certain time slot. One note of caution: Winter road conditions can be unpredictable. Smaller municipalities are sometimes less-than-adequately equipped and local drivers are often unfamiliar with driving techniques for snow and ice.

Value Season: March to May; September to November

Texas springs are "weather candy:" sweet, but short-lived. Birders flock to areas along the major migration highways. Festival junkies keep a suitcase packed. And the RV and biker crowds compete with fishermen and athletes for space on back roads and campgrounds. Advance planning will make vacation life easier and help to guarantee your place in the sun. Stay alert for flash flooding and the threat of tornadoes.

Autumn is festival and football season in Texas. Layered clothing will keep you comfortable during pleasant days and break the chill of coolerb evenings. For any trip planned during this season, check local college football schedules, particularly for Southeast Conference (SEC) schools, to find out where games are being played. Hotel rooms may be limited, prices can be skewed, and game-day traffic will increase your drive time between destinations.

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