In a giant city that has no shortage of diverse food, things to do, and festivals, it's hard to find a reason to leave Houston. But sometimes life is better with a little bit of spontaneity—and Texas is full of wonders that are waiting to be explored. So you can justify it sometimes, I guess. So if you are going to leave Houston, you have to do it right. Here are 7 great places that are less than 3 hours away to still be back in town in time to eat dinner at your favorite local hot spot.
Time To Get There: 1 hour
Why you need to go: Relax on the beach, or even take a cool horseback ride along the beach for an unforgettable experience and view.
Time To Get There: 2 hours and 37 minutes
Why you need to go: In this quaint small town of Texas, you can visit the second-longest footbridge in the country and take a magical train ride through the scenic land.
Time To Get There: 41 minutes
Why you need to go: To walk the beautiful boardwalk, ride the Kemah attractions, and even check out this super eccentric restaurant.
Time To Get There: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Port Arthur, TX
Time To Get There: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Why you need to go: See what the cajun food hype here is all about and even take a Port Arthur ghost tour if you dare.
Davy Crockett National Forest
Time To Get There: 2 hours
Why you need to go: This forest is a whopping 160,000-acre wonderland with hammock spots and a stunning swimming hole.
San Antonio, TX
Time To Get There: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Why you need to go: Explore the riverwalk for a nice date, see the Alamo again so you never forget it, and visit the exciting Six Flags: Fiesta Texas. You also have to check out their stunning Japanese Tea Garden.
Alright, so now you have plenty of things to do and see without straying too far from home for a last-minute trip to end your summer. For now at least.