Top 10 Weekend Getaways Near DFW

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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Top 10 Weekend Getaways Near DFW

DFW sure offers a LOT to do.  We are a fortunate bunch to live so close to so many beautiful landscapes, lakes, museums and art districts.  But when you need to get away for a weekend, and are feeling the itch for a road trip, where should you go?

Here are our Top 10 weekend getaways near DFW – all within a 4 hour drive!  Grab your road trip snacks, update your favorite iTunes playlist, gas up the car and get away for a weekend in Texas!


Winstar/Choctaw Casino
Driving distance from DFW : around 1.5 hours
No need to fly out to Vegas to get your gambling fix! WinStar World Casino & Resort lures you in with everything those big Las Vegas casinos offer:  gambling, horse-bets, Keno, Bingo, luxury swimming pools and great bars.  You’ll never be bored there, because they always have great entertainment.  Watch a comedy show or take in a concert, then relax in your hotel room and gear up for the next day!


Enchanted Rock
Driving distance from DFW : around 4 hours
Near Fredericksburg, you’ll find bed & breakfasts, camping, rock climbing, hiking, antique shops and great restaurants.  Enchanted Rock is a HUGE pink granite dome that’s been a point of interest for thousands of years.  You’ll have one problem once you’re there, though – you won’t want to leave!  Soak in the scenery and enjoy the open sky all weekend!


Hamilton Pool
Driving distance from DFW : around 3.5 hours
Picture a 50 foot waterfall, and a gorgeous, shaded pool below.  Sounds pretty relaxing, right?  This nature preserve in Travis County features Hamilton Creek spilling over beautiful limestone and geologic outcroppings, into a steep box canyon.  Hike the uplands, and check out the unique vegetation.  Bring a picnic to enjoy and then check out this great cabin you can stay overnight in!


New Braunfels and Gruene
Driving distance from DFW : around 4 hours
You’ve probably driven through Gruene and New Braunfels, if you’re a Texan.  But have you stopped to really enjoy these little towns?  You’ll get a great mix of Texas and Germany when you visit.  There is country dancing and concerts galore at Gruene Hall.  Float the river, then stop in for a neat historic tour in New Braunfels.  Grab a Knockwurst and a beer, and take in the authentic German charm for the weekend!


Driving distance from DFW : around 3 hours
Lampasas is a tiny town of only 7,000 people, covering just 6.2 square miles.  It’s steeped with history, including an old bathhouse!  Lancaster’s Pecan Grove is a quaint bed and breakfast guesthouse on a 600-acre cattle ranch on Lucy Creek, just outside of this historic town.  Stay in the limestone cottage and enjoy the fireplace, then go fishing or wading in the creek!  This completely private place is a great getaway for couples wanting a little privacy.

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Glen Rose
Driving distance from DFW: around 1.5 hours
Whether you love dinosaurs and paleontology, amphitheaters and expos, history, golf, hiking, canoeing or fine dining – Glen Rose has it all.  There is more than meets the eye in this little town!  Be sure you treat yourself to a stay at Rough Creek Lodge, just a quick 20 minutes from Glen Rose.  This luxurious ranch-style resort offers all of the amenities you love, with some great extras.  They offer a huge zip-line, rock-sliming, spas, cooking lessons, horseback riding and hayrides, fishing and a waterpark with a 66-foot slide.


Possum Kingdom
Driving distance from DFW : around 3 hours
This beautiful lake in the middle of a huge state park offers everything from hiking to scuba diving. Bring your bikes and ride around, checking out the amazing scenery.  You can also golf, take your boat for a ride, fish, swim and lounge on the waterfront. You can camp in their amazing campgrounds or grab a cozy cabin for the night.  Check out The Cliffs Resort when you’re there, and you won’t leave disappointed!  The Cliffs is a 75-room hotel boasting some beautiful southwestern architecture and design.  Every room has a private balcony, and there are villa suites for families.


Gaylord Texan Resort
Driving distance from DFW : around 30 minutes
So you want to get away for the weekend. Leave the kids at home with a sitter, enjoy some quality time together and take in some great relaxation and entertainment.  More of a staycation, the Gaylord is only 30 minutes from Dallas, so there’s no road trip required.  Wake up to a beautiful brunch and cocktails, then take to the spa for a massage and new hairstyle.  Spend the day at the 6,000 sure foot pool that features a waterslide, lazy river, two hot pools and a full-service pool bar.  Then, glam it up and hit the Glass Cactus for great cocktails, delicious dinner and live entertainment!


Broken Bow
Driving distance from Dallas: 3 hours
Another Oklahoma destination you won’t want to miss is Broken Bow!  If you’re looking for a outdoorsy, romantic getaway, Broken Bow offers a ton of great options for cabins.  Relax in your cabin, then wake up early to go horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, ride ATVs or golf. If you have an RV, this is also a great place to park and enjoy the scenery.


Horseshoe Bay Resort
Driving distance from DFW : around 3.5 hours
Just outside of Austin, we found our #1 suggestion for the Top 10 Weekend Getaways Near DFW.  Horseshoe Bay Resort has just about everything you could want from a weekend getaway.  There are 4 pools, golf courses, several tennis courts, luxury spa, a marina, tons of gourmet dining facilities, incredible gym features and fitness center amenities, and more.  Rent a ski or pontoon boat, or even a wave runner at the marina! They even have a private runway, if you happen to own a plane – or you can rent a charter jet.

If you’re into water sports, you’ll want to check out the lakeside views and Yacht Club.  In fact, the Yacht Club swimming pool is the pride of the resort, surrounded by cabanas and huge hot tub that can accommodate 27 people!  There are four pools at this resort – each offering something unique and different, including one that overlooks Apple Rock Golf Course and has a 30-foot waterfall!

If something a little more unique is on the table for you, go cycling or play lawn games, picnic or even go whitewater rafting – all courtesy of the resort’s Activity Center. Rates start around $219 per night.  All of these reasons are why this is our favorite pick for weekend getaways near DFW.

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