While Corpus Christi, Texas offers stunning ocean views and beachfront fun, you may find yourself wanting to escape the crowds of this big city for a weekend. Embark on a short road trip to scenic Texas Hill Country, or immerse yourself in the small-town charm of quaint communities like Marble Falls and Wimberley. Treat your family to a weekend in the western town of Luckenbach, or explore the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Willow City. Most Corpus Christi vacation rentals are situated near phenomenal destinations featuring water sports, hiking adventures, and opportunities for fishing excursions. Consider one of these seven cities in proximity to Corpus Christi as your vacation destination.

1. Willow City

When you are craving some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Corpus Christi, make Willow City your vacation destination for the weekend after a three and a half-hour drive. This small Texas city located in the Texas hill country offers a 13-mile scenic drive that offers views of deep green valleys, blossoming meadows in the spring, and rolling hills. Start your adventures with a stop in at the Willow City Loop to see even more views of the hills before spending a Saturday afternoon hiking the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Rent some bikes from Hill Country Bicycle Works to take off on the city’s trails, and then treat yourself to a scrumptious dinner at the Auslander Restaurant or Otto’s German Bistro.

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2. Marble Falls

A three and a half-hour drive from Corpus Christi lands you in Marble Falls, a city that sits adjacent to five lakes and plenty of attractions for the entire family. Beat the heat with a day at the water park at Lake LBJ Marina, or opt for a fishing excursion on Lake Marble Falls. When traveling in the warm summer months, you can cool off at Krause Springs, or get active when biking or hiking at Pace Bend Park. This Texas city is also home to several wineries, such as Flat Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard.

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3. Salado

Book a vacation rental for the weekend in Salado and immerse yourself in the charming artistic culture. Located approximately four hours from Corpus Christi, Salado is home to eclectic shops in the downtown area, as well as art galleries and studios, such as the Sirril Art Gallery. Stop in at the Salado Sculpture Garden to see works of the locals, or admire the displays at Salado Gardens. The outdoor types can explore the grounds of the Wildfire Ranch Arena or cater to their need for speed with a skydiving adventure with Skydive Temple.

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4. Luckenbach

Travel three hours from your Corpus Christi home to try your luck in Luckenbach, a city with a motto of “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.” This city enriched in deep western roots boasts a famous dance hall you can tour that is referenced in songs by country legend Willie Nelson. Check out the antiques at the Luckenbach Texas General Store, or grab some brews at the Luckenbach Texas country bar. The Von Netzer Ranch is a great place to explore if you want to see real ranchers in action.

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5. Port Isabel

You only have to travel two hours and 45 minutes from Corpus Christi to admire the yachts and boats docked on the shores of Port Isabel. This coastal town is the only town square in the state that offers a stunning lighthouse. Spend an afternoon climbing to the top of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse before making a splash in the waters with kayak rentals from Osprey Cruises. Take a guided fishing tour with Buccaneer Bay Fishing before dining on some fresh seafood at the Pirate’s Landing. Before retreating back to your seaside vacation rental, hop on a sightseeing tour with Dolphin Docks.

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6. Bandera

In a little less than three hours on the road, you can arrive at the Cowboy Capital of Texas. Bandera offers you and your family a close up look at the authentic cowboy lifestyle when opting for a horseback ride at Juniper Hill Stables, or while learning more about ranching at the Frontier Times Museum. Bandera features plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors with access to the Hill Country State Natural Area trails for hiking and biking. Enjoy the nightlife in this Texas city when grabbing some grub and brews at Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar Bar or the Longhorn Saloon.

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7. Wimberley

Nestle yourself in the Texas Hill Country for a weekend getaway after a three-hour drive from Corpus Christi. Wimberley is a mecca for bluegrass musicians and offers nightlife that includes live music at establishments such as the Hill Country Wine Bar. Find adventure in Wimberley when zip lining with Wimberley Zipline Adventures or touring Jack Glover’s Cowboy Museum. Before retreating to your rustic cabin or luxurious vacation rental for the evening, take a walk to see the sunset at Lookout Mountain, referred to as Old Baldy by the locals.

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