When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Dallas, Texas to enjoy one-on-one time with your sweetheart, you’re in luck. There are a variety of exciting romantic destinations around Dallas. Book a stay at one of many Dallas vacation rentals, then take a road trip to neighboring cities and towns. See spectacular views in San Antonio or Fredericksburg. Explore the outdoors and fine dining when visiting Galveston Island or Austin. Plan your trip itinerary with these romantic cities in mind.

1. Galveston Island

Book a vacation rental in Galveston Island, four hours from Dallas, and take a romantic walk along the Strand to see the unique architecture and enjoy the historic vibe of the city. Tour the Moody Mansion to see how the early settlers survived, or stop in at Bishop’s Palace to take in the beauty of the historic mansion. When you want to get wet and wild with your sweetie, opt for a day at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark or take a romantic stroll through Moody Gardens. Top off your evening with a performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House or a fine dining experience at the Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood waterfront restaurant.

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2. Austin

Opt for big-city fun when making Austin your vacation destination for the weekend. After a three-hour drive from Dallas, tap your toes to the live music on Austin’s famous Sixth Street, complete with restaurants and nightclubs such as Barcelona or the Lit Lounge. When you want to slow down, hike to Mount Bonnell to see the city from above or explore Lady Bird Lake with a boat tour from Capital Cruises. Mayfield Park is also a romantic spot in the city where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll to watch the peacocks.

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3. Houston

It only takes three hours to reach a cozy vacation rental in Houston when traveling from Dallas. Begin your romantic explorations with a nature-themed day at the Houston Zoo and Downtown Aquarium, or discover this Texas city’s hidden gems on the Houston Underground Tunnel Tour. When you want a comprehensive tour, sit side-by-side on the Houston Hop-on Hop-Off Tour. At the Space Center, you can attend interactive festivals, see exhibits, and browse artifacts from the U.S. space program.

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4. Fredericksburg

A four-hour drive from Dallas puts you right in the Texas Hill Country, where you can explore Enchanted Rock together. Head to the downtown square to explore the historic buildings, such as the Vereins Kirche. Continue your outdoor adventures together with a stop in at Wildseed Farms, or opt for a horseback excursion with LBJ Ranch Tours. Fredericksburg is also known as Texas’ wine country, where you can tour vineyards on the Fredericksburg Hill Country Wine Tour before heading back to your vacation rental for some one-on-one time.

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5. Jefferson

Immerse yourselves in nature to rekindle your romance with a vacation rental in Jefferson, located two and a half hours from Dallas. This quaint Texas city is known for Big Cypress Bayou that’s attached to Caddo Lake, where you can kayak, canoe, or tube with rentals from Riverbend Outfitters. Wine and dine your soulmate at an intimate dinner at the Stillwater Inn, a French restaurant in Jefferson, or enjoy some cold beverages together at Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club.

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6. San Antonio

Join the crowds in one of the most popular tourist cities in Texas when making San Antonio your vacation destination for a romantic weekend. A four-hour drive from Dallas puts you in the popular Riverwalk area, where you can take romantic strolls and window shop, or head to Marriage Island to pop the question on the banks of the San Antonio River. Creative couples enjoy touring the San Antonio Museum of Art, while the outdoor adventurers can take a boat cruise on the river. Before retreating to your cozy vacation rental, stop in for a blissful dinner at Bliss.

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7. Boerne

After making the four-hour trip from Dallas to Boerne, relax in your cozy vacation rental in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Spend your weekend browsing the antique shops with your sweetheart, or bundle up for a tour of Cascade Caverns. River Road Park offers the perfect setting for a photo together and a challenging hike along the trails. Tour the Cibolo Nature Center for the day, or ride horses through the creeks of Boerne City Park with a guided tour from Enchanted Springs Ranch. When hunger strikes, enjoy an intimate dinner for two at the Creek Restaurant.

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