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Escape with Austin Travels, a women-owned and -operated Austin-based digital travel magazine committed to highlighting the best destinations in Texas and beyond through the lenses of diverse and talented writers. Whether you’re looking to daytrip your way to a tiny Texas town steeped in history and character or pondering your next big adventure unfolding beyond the borders of the Lone Star State, our seasoned travel journalists and diverse team of contributors promise to bring you authentic travel features designed to inspire and inform.

Explore Texas

From tiny Texas towns and wide-open spaces to sun-kissed Gulf Coast shores and sublime swimming holes, Texas is chock-full of charms. Follow along with us as we explore craggy West Texas trails, twirl around creaky wooden dance hall floors and discover true Texas gems. 

Explore Texas

From tiny Texas towns and wide-open spaces to sun-kissed Gulf Coast shores and sublime swimming holes, Texas is chock-full of charms. Follow along with us as we explore craggy West Texas trails, twirl around creaky wooden dance hall floors and discover true Texas gems. 

To date a matador: Seduced by Spain

To date a matador: Seduced by Spain

Cabin culture: Escape the crowds at these remote U.S. hideaways

Cabin culture: Escape the crowds at these remote U.S. hideaways

Essay: Can we really leave no trace when we travel?

Essay: Can we really leave no trace when we travel?

Mountain biking mecca Mesa Verde Country is a must-ride

Mountain biking mecca Mesa Verde Country is a must-ride

Bike to Bentonville for 150 miles of trails and much more

Bike to Bentonville for 150 miles of trails and much more

Colorado’s Calling –– Take a summer trip to this cool state now

Colorado’s Calling –– Take a summer trip to this cool state now

Set your sights on Steamboat Springs this summer

Set your sights on Steamboat Springs this summer

A foodie’s guide to eating (and foraging and making chocolate) in Costa Rica

A foodie’s guide to eating (and foraging and making chocolate) in Costa Rica

Discovering hints of home in Red River

Discovering hints of home in Red River

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

Diving into the history of falconry at The Broadmoor

Diving into the history of falconry at The Broadmoor

5 questions with influencer Jeff Jenkins, who helps ‘chubby people travel the world’

5 questions with influencer Jeff Jenkins, who helps ‘chubby people travel the world’

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Oyster safaris and mystery solving along Sweden’s Bohuslan Coast

Oyster safaris and mystery solving along Sweden’s Bohuslan Coast

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Adventures Await: Roaming the road in a campervan

Adventures Await: Roaming the road in a campervan

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

For every season: A house divided over Estes Park, Colorado

For every season: A house divided over Estes Park, Colorado

The soaking life: A baker’s dozen of the best historic spas across the world

The soaking life: A baker’s dozen of the best historic spas across the world

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

Dreaming of a Virgin Islands Vacation? Tips for traveling to St. John right now

Dreaming of a Virgin Islands Vacation? Tips for traveling to St. John right now

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Colorado Ski Gems

Colorado Ski Gems

Escape crowds and capture memories in snowy Southwest Montana

Escape crowds and capture memories in snowy Southwest Montana

What to know before you book a ski trip during a pandemic

What to know before you book a ski trip during a pandemic

Beyond Texas

Need an escape? Austin Travels Magazine highlights destinations Austinites and Central Texans will love to visit, from Colorado to the Caribbean. We promise to bring you authentic travel features brimming with helpful information, insider tips and expert recommendations to help your next vacation be less stressful and more memorable.

Beyond Texas

To date a matador: Seduced by Spain

To date a matador: Seduced by Spain

Cabin culture: Escape the crowds at these remote U.S. hideaways

Cabin culture: Escape the crowds at these remote U.S. hideaways

Essay: Can we really leave no trace when we travel?

Essay: Can we really leave no trace when we travel?

Mountain biking mecca Mesa Verde Country is a must-ride

Mountain biking mecca Mesa Verde Country is a must-ride

Bike to Bentonville for 150 miles of trails and much more

Bike to Bentonville for 150 miles of trails and much more

Colorado’s Calling –– Take a summer trip to this cool state now

Colorado’s Calling –– Take a summer trip to this cool state now

Set your sights on Steamboat Springs this summer

Set your sights on Steamboat Springs this summer

A foodie’s guide to eating (and foraging and making chocolate) in Costa Rica

A foodie’s guide to eating (and foraging and making chocolate) in Costa Rica

Discovering hints of home in Red River

Discovering hints of home in Red River

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

Diving into the history of falconry at The Broadmoor

Diving into the history of falconry at The Broadmoor

5 questions with influencer Jeff Jenkins, who helps ‘chubby people travel the world’

5 questions with influencer Jeff Jenkins, who helps ‘chubby people travel the world’

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Oyster safaris and mystery solving along Sweden’s Bohuslan Coast

Oyster safaris and mystery solving along Sweden’s Bohuslan Coast

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Adventures Await: Roaming the road in a campervan

Adventures Await: Roaming the road in a campervan

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

For every season: A house divided over Estes Park, Colorado

For every season: A house divided over Estes Park, Colorado

The soaking life: A baker’s dozen of the best historic spas across the world

The soaking life: A baker’s dozen of the best historic spas across the world

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

Dreaming of a Virgin Islands Vacation? Tips for traveling to St. John right now

Dreaming of a Virgin Islands Vacation? Tips for traveling to St. John right now

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Colorado Ski Gems

Colorado Ski Gems

Escape crowds and capture memories in snowy Southwest Montana

Escape crowds and capture memories in snowy Southwest Montana

What to know before you book a ski trip during a pandemic

What to know before you book a ski trip during a pandemic

Need an escape? Austin Travels Magazine highlights destinations Austinites and Central Texans will love to visit, from Colorado to the Caribbean. We promise to bring you authentic travel features brimming with helpful information, insider tips and expert recommendations to help your next vacation be less stressful and more memorable.

Day Trips & Staycations

Sometimes there’s no better place to explore than your own backyard. Whether you’re paddling along a pristine river, capturing thrills at a nearby waterpark or relaxing at a close-to-home spa resort, Central Texas makes it easy to escape without going far. The best part? All of our recommended staycations and day trips are within two hours of Austin and you can get there and back without ever filling up the tank.

Day Trips & Staycations

Sometimes there’s no better place to explore than your own backyard. Whether you’re paddling along a pristine river, capturing thrills at a nearby waterpark or relaxing at a close-to-home spa resort, Central Texas makes it easy to escape without going far. The best part? All of our recommended staycations and day trips are within two hours of Austin and you can get there and back without ever filling up the tank.

Family

For many families, travel affords some of life’s best souvenirs: memories. Whether you’re cozying up with your children in a tent at a Texas state park, road-tripping across the country in an RV that your kids will always remember as their temporary home-on-wheels, or discovering the magic of a new destination together, we highlight family-friendly destinations that will appeal to your whole crew––from tantrum-prone toddlers to hard-to-impress teens. Seasoned travel journalists Kristin Finan and Mauri Elbel each have more than a dozen years of family travel experience under their belts and are happy to share their tried-and-true tips and sanity-saving recommendations that will encourage your family to take that trip and bring back memories that will last a lifetime. 

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Splash into summer at La Cantera Resort and Spa

Splash into summer at La Cantera Resort and Spa

Did you know you can daytrip to a medieval castle in the Texas countryside?

Did you know you can daytrip to a medieval castle in the Texas countryside?

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

Daytrip to Dreamland in Dripping Springs: Plus 5 nearby day trips perfect for summer

Daytrip to Dreamland in Dripping Springs: Plus 5 nearby day trips perfect for summer

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA (Estes Park)

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA (Estes Park)

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

7 family-friendly Austin-area hikes perfect for spring

7 family-friendly Austin-area hikes perfect for spring

Ready for Mother’s Day? Austin-area staycations all about celebrating Mom

Ready for Mother’s Day? Austin-area staycations all about celebrating Mom

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Unique hotels: Sleeping in a treehouse at Cypress Valley

Unique hotels: Sleeping in a treehouse at Cypress Valley

A ghost town, geese and riverfront bliss at 7A Ranch in Wimberley

A ghost town, geese and riverfront bliss at 7A Ranch in Wimberley

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

Traveling this summer? 10 tips for road tripping with the kids

Traveling this summer? 10 tips for road tripping with the kids

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

10 Tips for Camping with Kids

10 Tips for Camping with Kids

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Whether North Rim or South Rim, life is grand in the Grand Canyon

Whether North Rim or South Rim, life is grand in the Grand Canyon

Finding hope and healing in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Finding hope and healing in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Family

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Dive in: 7 swimming holes and natural spots to splash into near Austin

Splash into summer at La Cantera Resort and Spa

Splash into summer at La Cantera Resort and Spa

Did you know you can daytrip to a medieval castle in the Texas countryside?

Did you know you can daytrip to a medieval castle in the Texas countryside?

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

New Mexico road trip: 10 top experiences, from Albuquerque to White Sands

Daytrip to Dreamland in Dripping Springs: Plus 5 nearby day trips perfect for summer

Daytrip to Dreamland in Dripping Springs: Plus 5 nearby day trips perfect for summer

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

Finding a ranch to call home in Granby, Colorado

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA (Estes Park)

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA (Estes Park)

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

7 magical things to do with kids in Big Bend and West Texas

7 family-friendly Austin-area hikes perfect for spring

7 family-friendly Austin-area hikes perfect for spring

Ready for Mother’s Day? Austin-area staycations all about celebrating Mom

Ready for Mother’s Day? Austin-area staycations all about celebrating Mom

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Escape to Los Angeles: 5 fun things to do in Southern California

Unique hotels: Sleeping in a treehouse at Cypress Valley

Unique hotels: Sleeping in a treehouse at Cypress Valley

A ghost town, geese and riverfront bliss at 7A Ranch in Wimberley

A ghost town, geese and riverfront bliss at 7A Ranch in Wimberley

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

Discovering Surfside Beach, a Texas Gulf Coast treasure

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

If you’re heading west, 5 reasons to visit the California gem of Terranea

Traveling this summer? 10 tips for road tripping with the kids

Traveling this summer? 10 tips for road tripping with the kids

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

California escape: Peace, harmony and inspiration in Joshua Tree and Palm Springs

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

When the snow melts and winter crowds leave, these Colorado spots are the coolest

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

Dreaming of the RV life? Lessons learned from a 10-day national park road trip

10 Tips for Camping with Kids

10 Tips for Camping with Kids

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

8 Great State Parks for Camping with Kids

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Relax and relish the coastal charms of Rockport

Whether North Rim or South Rim, life is grand in the Grand Canyon

Whether North Rim or South Rim, life is grand in the Grand Canyon

Finding hope and healing in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Finding hope and healing in Hot Springs, Arkansas

For many families, travel affords some of life’s best souvenirs: memories. Whether you’re cozying up with your children in a tent at a Texas state park, road-tripping across the country in an RV that your kids will always remember as their temporary home-on-wheels, or discovering the magic of a new destination together, we highlight family-friendly destinations that will appeal to your whole crew––from tantrum-prone toddlers to hard-to-impress teens. Seasoned travel journalists Kristin Finan and Mauri Elbel each have more than a dozen years of family travel experience under their belts and are happy to share their tried-and-true tips and sanity-saving recommendations that will encourage your family to take that trip and bring back memories that will last a lifetime. 

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