Hipmunk Hotels: Exploring the Cowboy State, Including Corpus Christi and El Paso

Get your hat and boots out and plan a trip to the cowboy state, where hospitality is real. However, there’s more to the Lone Star State than the ranches, line dancing, and cowboys, and the bigger cities have a lot to offer for comparatively little money. Dallas, Houston, and Austin are probably the most well-known cities, but there are others worth the trip—if only you know where to stay.

Image via  Flickr  by Drriss & Marrionn

Image via Flickr by Drriss & Marrionn

Irving

Irving is part of Dallas County and home to the renowned Dallas–Fort Worth Airport, making the city easily accessible. Keep in mind the season when visiting; spring and fall are best because it gets hot in the summer. Football fans should attend a Cowboys game. However, book far enough in advance for deals because the football season gets busy. Good options are Comfort Suites DFW Airport and NYLO Dallas Las Colinas. When there, also try some of the best donuts, get fresh fruit at the nearby  farmers’ markets, and don’t miss the famous Mustangs of Las Colinas Sculpture, a symbol of the Texan lifestyle.

Galveston

This city is located on the tropical island of Galveston in Texas’s southeast, on the Gulf Coast. Many Texans hit this place for the weekend; two airports make this a convenient destination. The beaches are great for relaxing, and there is a range of dining, entertainment, and affordable hotel opportunities, such as Baymont Inn & Suites Galveston and La Quinta Inn Galveston East Beach. Check out the Moody Gardens, Seawolf Park, or the Bryan Museum. Or how about a dolphin tour?

Corpus Christi

This is one of the more popular destinations, situated right at the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus Christi prides itself on its many sun-filled days during the year, which makes it an attractive destination for both Texans and non-natives. It’s a great water-sport destination and features historic sites such as the Lydia Ann Lighthouse. For the fashion fans, Lamar Park shopping center has the latest trends. Stay at hotels with a view like the Radisson Corpus Christi Beach, which offers seaside views. The city is considered one of the best vacation destinations in the world.

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie is part of the mid-cities region in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and has a suburban, small-town atmosphere. Money Magazine voted this city the best one in Texas for family fun. Spend a few hours shopping at Grand Prairie Premium Outlet, visit a horse race, or check out the nearby Cowboys Stadium. Or how about a lakeside picnic at Lynn Creek Park & Marina? Save some cash for more activities by choosing an affordable hotel. For less than $50, Baymont Inn & Suites Grand Prairie is an option for the budget-minded.

El Paso

If you are seeking a good steak, travel to El Paso. Or maybe it’s Mexican food you prefer? In El Paso you get both. Outdoor fans will enjoy the largest of urban parks in the nation: Franklin Mountains State Park. It’s worth traveling to this western Texan city during Fiestas del Flores, the festival of flowers, the oldest Hispanic festival, which takes place on Labor Day, as well as the annual Balloonfest. Booking early  is recommended, and places like the Red Roof Inn El Paso West fill up quickly. El Paso is a very safe and walkable city.

This was written in collaboration with Hipmunk, in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels Campaign to bring you selected hotels for any budget, all around the U.S.