20 Texas Towns to Visit When You Need to Escape San Antonio 

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Living in a large city has its perks, such as a surplus of dining options and a booming nightlife scene, but sometimes it's nice to trade in the bright lights and constant traffic for a slower pace of living. Because it's the season for taking things slowly and getting outdoors, here's 20 Texas towns to visit when you need to get out of the chaos of the city and enjoy some peace away from home.
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Concan
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hours
Situated near the Frio River, Concan is basically a little slice of Texas paradise, where you can get delicious barbecue, cool off in the water and enjoy hill country living.

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Bandera
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Head out to the Cowboy Capital of the World, enjoy some local and live music, or jump in Medina Lake for a refreshing time. Bandera is only an hour away and is a charming place to spend the day.

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Lockhart
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Famous for its barbecue rivalries and antique shopping, Lockhart has plenty to offer when you need to escape the highways and crowded places of San Antonio.

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Fort Davis
Travel time from San Antonio: 5 hours 30 minutes
Fort Davis has all the small town vibes you're looking for and is a National Historic Site. Check out the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens or visit the McDonald Observatory. However you spend your time, you're sure to discover something you won't find in the city.

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Rockport
Travel time from San Antonio: 2 hours 45 minutes
Once you visit Rockport, it'll be hard to return from the sleepy beach town to the hustle and bustle of the city. All you need is a bathing suit to have a good time.

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Gruene
Travel time from San Antonio: 45 minutes
Close to home is a designated Historic Town that shines with charm and Texas hospitality. Head over to Gruene Hall for a night of two steppin', shop the town's antique stores, or swim in the Guadalupe River all summer long.

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Nacogdoches
Travel time from San Antonio: 5 hours
Run around at Pioneer Park, browse the Antique Mall or catch a show at the Lamp-Lite Theatre. Nacogdoches is a cozy place full of history and ways to help you escape the city.

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Castroville
Travel time from San Antonio: 45 minutes
If you only have a day to get out of SA, head to Castroville, and splash along the Medina River or take a self-guided tour featuring 60 historic dwellings from the mid 19th century.

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Marfa
Travel time from San Antonio: 5.5 hours
If you have a weekend to get away, head West to Marfa and see what the fuss is all about. Check out the Marfa Lights, the famous Marfa Prada and camp at El Cosmico for the full experience.

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Fredericksburg
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hrs
Where you can legally drink on the street and get your antique shopping fix, Fredericksburg has it all. Stop by one of the many wineries and enjoy the fresh Texas Hill Country air.

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Port Aransas
Travel time from San Antonio: 2.5 hours
Port Aransas is an inviting and quaint town where that is basically the Texas equivalent of paradise. Fish off the pier, hang out at the beach and get own on seafood straight from the gulf.

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Spicewood
Travel time from San Antonio:2 hours
Home to Krause Springs, aka one of the best swimming holes you'll visit all summer long.

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Wimberley
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Located in the middle of Lady Bird Johnson's wildflower country, any drive in and around Wimberley is sure to offer a beautiful scene. Jump into the Blanco River and cool off on a hot summer day, or enjoy the local art scene, full of artists, musicians and creatives.

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Round Top
Travel time from San Antonio: 2 hours
Round Top is a heaven for antique shoppers and treasure hunters and is a great place when you gotta get away.

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Boerne
Travel time from San Antonio: 45 minutes
Home of the Hill Country Mile and countless outdoor activities, get to Boerne if you wanna get out of town for the day, but have to be home by night.

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Poteet
Travel time from San Antonio: 1 hour
Visit the Strawberry Capital of the Lone Star State and enjoy some fresh are in only an hour outside of San Antonio. Poteet rich in history and makes a great day-long vacation for anyone looking to avoid the busy streets and packed restaurants of San Antonio on any given weekend

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New Braunfels
Travel time from San Antonio: 30 minutes
What isn't there to do in New Braunfels? Spend the day at Schlitterbahn, dine at a delicious hill-country restaurant, check out a theater performance or stop by one of New Braunfel's many museums. Your options in this town are endless.

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Luckebach
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hours
"Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain." Enough said.

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South Padre Island
Travel time from San Antonio: 4 hours
Get on island time and chill out from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio. If you're looking to fish, swim or simply chill out, South Padre Island is the place for you.

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Pecos
Travel time from San Antonio: 5 hours
Home of the first rodeo, Pecos has a couple museums, bright blue skies and fresh Texas air with plenty of outdoor activities for you need to get away.

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Concan
Travel time from San Antonio: 1.5 hours
Situated near the Frio River, Concan is basically a little slice of Texas paradise, where you can get delicious barbecue, cool off in the water and enjoy hill country living.

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