Many consider the shoulder season to be the perfect time for domestic travel.
The weather, while varied, is generally pleasant all across the country, and the type of picturesque views you get to see in valleys, peaks, and beachside towns this time of year is simply unparalleled.
However, if you’re still unsure where to travel this October, this iconic southern state is the ultimate place to be.
An Event-Filled Shoulder Season
Texas hosts a plethora of festivals and fun events all throughout October and November.
From the renowned State Fair of Texas in Dallas (which has already started and is set to continue until October 22nd) to the many Oktoberfest variations, there’s no shortage of things to do while on a visit to the Lone Star State this time of year.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience that’ll still get you into a festive spirit, you won’t want to miss out on local fall fairs, pumpkin festivals, and food-related functions hosted all over the state.
However, the event that’s arguably capturing travelers’ interest the most right now is the “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse.
If that’s what you’re looking forward to seeing in Texas, though, you’ll need to hurry.
The eclipse takes place on October 14, 2023, and Texas will have a clear view of the phenomenon between 11:41 AM and 12:00 PM CDT.
So, pack your bags and plan a quick trip to San Antonio, Corpus Christi, or anywhere in the western region of the state – these are the locations with the clearest view of the eclipse.
If a cross-country trip seems impossible in so little time, don’t worry. There’s still a lot to do and see in Texas all month long.
Remarkably Affordable Hotel Rates
As most U.S. destinations enter their off-season, lodging costs are bound to decrease.
However, the pros drop-offs experienced in Texas are some of the most drastic in the country, with hotel rates averaging $68 per night.
Even if you’re planning to stay in one of the state’s biggest hotspots, like San Antonio, you’ll still only be looking at average nightly rates of $85, which is well below the national average for similar destinations.
On the other hand, those who want to indulge in a warm beach getaway these upcoming months while still staying within a tighter budget will find Port Aransas and Galveston to be just what they’ve been looking for.
Diverse Climate And Scenery
Texas, the second-largest state in the United States, boasts a wonderfully diverse climate and scenery, ranging from coastal plains to desert landscapes and lush forests.
This level of variety comes especially handy during the shoulder season, during which travelers have a hard time deciding whether to go for a typical autumn-feeling vacation in a remote cabin or try to extend summer a bit longer instead and rush to the warm coastal cities while the weather still allows for a sunbathing session.
No matter your preferences, you’ll be able to craft the October getaway of your dreams in Texas.
The best thing about vacationing in The Lone Star State is that you won’t even have to compromise.
You can start your journey in Austin, indulging in the rich cultural scene and taking in the gorgeous views of the picturesque prairies and woodlands that surround the state capital.
Then, you can either head west and marvel at The Big Bend National Park nestled along the Rio Grande or go south instead and bask under the warm Texan sun that still keeps temperatures between 72°F and 82°F (22°C and 28°C).
The Best Time For Outdoor Adventures
Those looking for something more exciting this fall will find that Texas has a lot more to offer than just stunning views and local fairs.
Most Texan destinations right now boast the kind of mild, pleasant weather that’s perfect for outdoor activities.
Whether you want to hike in the Big Bend National Park, explore the Guadalupe Mountains, or enjoy water sports along the Gulf Coast, now is the best time to get your adrenaline pumping without having to deal with extreme heat or cold.
This is the perfect time for nature lovers to explore the local flora and fauna, too. Wildlife in the area is especially active this time of year, making activities like birdwatching and nature photography that much more eventful.
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