When planning your upcoming summer vacation, think big and consider these 10 cities in the great state of Texas. Spend time tapping your toes at the Kerrville Folk Festival, or tour the painted Cadillacs along Route 66 in Amarillo. Stay at one of numerous Texas vacation rentals to easily enjoy exciting beachfront activities and historical attractions. Check out what these Texas cities have to offer.

1. Galveston

kayak sail boating

A vacation rental in Galveston during your summer vacation puts you and your family right on the beach with access to dolphin sightseeing tour from Galveston Water Adventures. Let the kids glide down the slides at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark to beat the heat or ride the roller coaster at Pleasure Pier for a thrilling time. Take part in the summer festivals this Texas city has to offer, such as the Blues, Brews and BBQ on the Pier event in June, as well as the Galveston Cajun Festival.

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2. Amarillo

the cadillac ranch

Make Amarillo your vacation destination and see the sights of the famous Route 66. Tour the vintage, painted Cadillacs on display along Route 66 before heading out for some fun in the sun at the Amarillo Zoo. Treat the horse enthusiasts with a tour of the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum before hiking the trails of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. From late May to late August, the city also hosts outdoor concerts in the downtown area with theater performances for all to enjoy.

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3. Dallas

a big texas ferris wheel

Eat your way through summer when visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth area, that offers rich and authentic Texas cuisine while on board the Dallas Uptown Food Tour. This vibrant Texas city also hosts the West Village Food Tour during the summer months for you and the family to enjoy. Escape the warm temperatures with a tour of the Dallas Museum of Art during your summer vacation, or take a peaceful walk through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. When you need a touch of culture, stop in for a thrilling performance at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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4. Kerrville

buckhorn lake resort

Kerrville comes alive with folk music and authentic Texas barbecue each year in May at the Kerrville Folk Festival. With a vacation rental nearby, you can check out the festival that features kids’ activities, arts and crafts and live music each of the 18 days the festival is held. When you want to explore the great outdoors, hike the trails of the Kerrville River Trail or head out to the water for a wet and wild experience. When it’s time to wind down for the day, grab a glass of wine at the Kerrville Hills Winery.

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5. El Paso

el paso skyline

If your family loves to explore the great outdoors, then El Paso is the perfect vacation destination. Enjoy the cool breezes in the mornings when rock climbing at Hueco Tanks State Park, and then head over to the Western Playland local amusement park in the afternoon to cool off on the rides and explore the 30 acres of land. El Paso is also home to the Wyler Aerial Tramway that is open for tours during the summer months. When traveling in May, stop in at the Hueco Rock Rodeo Festival to see authentic Southwest action.

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6. San Antonio

san antonio riverwalk

Treat the family to a leisurely walk along the Riverwalk in this popular Texas city to get in some retail therapy or ride the gondola throughout the downtown area during your summer vacation. San Antonio offers plenty of summer activities with access to Six Flags Fiesta, Natural Bridge Caverns, and the Alamo. If you’re a music enthusiast, time your trip for July to tap your toes and dance in the streets at the San Antonio Reggae Festival.

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7. San Angelo

a city park

Book a vacation rental in the west Texas town of San Angelo, and embrace yourselves in the cultural attractions during the summer months. Stop in at the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark or the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts when the sun is beating down. Or, get in some retail therapy when picking up some Concho Pearls at the specialty shops in the downtown area. Time your trip for July and join in the fun at the National Cowboy Day celebration at Fort Concho, that features food vendors, cowboy comedy, and Western music.

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8. Austin

kayaking at the austin river

Head to the state capitol of Texas to join in the street festivals on 6th Street during the summer, such as the Pecan Street Festival in May and the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in June. Join locals in the streets for live music, authentic Texas cuisine and drinks when you make Austin your vacation destination. Delight the outdoor enthusiasts in your crew when signing up for the city’s Nutshell Bike Tour or make a splash with a boat tour sponsored by Austin Boat Tours. When the kids are antsy, let them expel some energy at the Thinkery Children’s Museum for an afternoon.

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9. Houston

japanese botanical garden in houston

Opt for a summer vacation that is out of this world when treating the family to a day at the Space Center in Houston during your trip. Located just minutes from Houston vacation rentals, the Space Center features interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. This Texas city is also home to the Houston Zoo and Downtown Aquarium that offers some relief from the warm temperatures. If you want to see all of the sites in Houston, sign up for the Houston Hop-On-Hop-Off-Tour that makes stops at the historical sites throughout the city.

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10. Corpus Christi

corpus christi cityscape
Source: Flickr/Russell Smiths

Summertime is one of the best times to book a vacation rental in Corpus Christi, giving you access to 75 miles of shoreline. Drop in your rod and reel in some fresh fish when opting for a fishing excursion with Saltwater Keith’s Guide Service, or beat the heat with a kayaking adventure in the water. Corpus Christi also hosts Segway tours through SegCity Segway Tour, so you can glide around the town to see the sights first hand.

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