Here’s Your Guide to Traveling in Texas on a Budget

by Caitlin Rounds

As a college student, I constantly find myself dealing with the urge to pack up and travel the world. However, finding the time and money are my two biggest challenges.

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to mean leaving the state. Here are five affordable vacations and day trips for college students in Texas:

El Cosmico: Marfa, Texas
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Their teepee is the perfect place to do some fancy camping | Photo Credit: El Cosmico

This unique hotel located in Marfa, Texas allows guests the option to stay in a teepee, trailer or yurt. With rates as low as $100 a night, this is the perfect, yet inexpensive get away.

Big Bend National Park
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The stunning desert landscape of Big Bend | Photo Credit: Rokach Photography

After a couple hours’ drive from Marfa and located in Chihuahuan Desert, Texas Big Bend National Park offers everything from rivers to exotic wildlife and mountains. Guests can tour the park by hiking, vehicle or horseback by day and camp out underneath the stars by night.

Austin Motel: Austin, Texas
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The Austin Motel is a quirky, historic landmark on SoCo | Photo Credit: Austin Motel

This quirky motel located on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas dates back to 1938. In the time since, the motel has seen many retro renovations, making it perfect for cute photo opportunities. 

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The “King” room was made for a royal stay | Photo Credit: Austin Motel

Their motto “so close, yet so far out” rings especially true for Austinites, making it the perfect stay-cation if you’re craving a change of scenery. 

Museum of Fine Arts: Houston, Texas
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Check out one of the largest museums in the nation, just a quick roadtrip away | Photo Credit: Bellows

One of the largest museums in the United States, The Museum of Fine Arts offers a variety of different pieces to see. For non-Houston residents, this is the perfect day trip. Consider visiting on a Thursday, when general admission is free for everyone. 

Cadillac Ranch: Amarillo, Texas
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The famous art piece in Amarillo that features vintage Cadillacs half-buried in the ground | Photo Credit: The Springsteen Experience

Another perfect day trip idea: visiting Cadillac Ranch. Created in 1974, the public instillation attracts a heavy volume of patrons. 

Make this summer a memorable one by checking out one or all of these epic spots that the Lone Star State has to offer. •

An Austin, Texas native and published photographer, Caitlin Rounds is a second year Public Relations major. This is her first semester writing for Spark Magazine. She enjoys trying new coffee shops, music and portrait photography. 

 

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