Irving is a popular city in Texas to live in, and boasts the added benefit of being surrounded by quaint and charming towns. Many of these neighboring cities are located less than a five hours’ drive from Irving. Make a splash in Texas, hike the trails in Oklahoma, or golf the day away in Arkansas. Choose Irving vacation rentals that put you near the heart of all the action in exciting destinations like Galveston Island, Little Rock, or Broken Bow. Check out the top getaway spots in proximity to Irving.

1. Palestine, Texas

A two-hour drive from Irving puts you in this quaint East Texas city, known for its historical sites. Admire the rich artistic look of the architecture in the downtown area, or tour the Carnegie Library and the Anderson County Courthouse to learn more about Palestine. With four lakes in this city, you have plenty of choices to go on a boat ride, fishing excursion, or tube down the waters with rentals from Trinity River Kayak Company. When getting away in May, you can join in the city’s Mardi Gras celebration, or time your weekend trip for late November and December to see the city lights at the Christmas in Palestine festival.

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2. Galveston Island, Texas

A vacation rental on Galveston Island gives you and the family a chance to make a splash at the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark. This Texas city offers something for everyone in your crew with access to historical homes such as the Moody Mansion or Bishop’s Palace, as well as unique architecture along the Strand area. Spend an evening dining at Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood waterfront restaurant before settling in your seats for a performance at the Grand 1894 Opera House. Located just under five hours from Irving, Galveston also features fishing excursions with Angler Charters and boat rides to see underwater creatures with BayWatch Dolphin Tours.

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3. Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Travel three and a half hours and one state over to reach Broken Bow in Oklahoma for your weekend getaway. After settling into a rustic cabin or a luxurious vacation rental in this Oklahoma city, start enjoying the adventures that await you, such as horseback riding with River Man Trail Rides, boating with rentals from Beavers Bend Marina, or ziplining at Rugaru Adventures. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, reel in something fresh after a day at Broken Bow Lake, and then let the kids expel some energy at the Hochatown Petting Zoo.

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4. Jefferson, Texas

If your weekend getaway wish list includes lakefront views from your vacation rental, then Jefferson is the perfect vacation destination. Located three hours from Irving, Jefferson is an active town known for its water adventures and nightlife. Kayak or canoe in Caddo Lake or the Big Cypress Bayou when you grab some rentals from Riverbend Outfitters. When you want a scare, head over to the Grove ghost town area, a popular historic site in the city. Make your weekend trip educational when touring the Museum of Measurement and Time before taking a family selfie in front of the Atalanta Jay Gould’s Railroad Car in the city center.

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5. Little Rock, Arkansas

Take a five-hour drive to the state of Arkansas, and spend your weekend getaway in the state’s capital. Little Rock offers stunning scenery as you hike at Two Rivers Park or along the Arkansas River Trail. Tour the Arkansas State Capitol when you arrive on Friday afternoon, and then pop in at the Rock Town Distillery for a few beverages in the evening. Venture from your vacation rental on Saturday, and treat the kids to a day at the Little Rock Zoo or on a boat ride with DAM Riverboat Company. Hindman Park Golf Course is the perfect place to go when you want to get in 18 holes.

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6. Boerne, Texas

Spend your getaway in the heart of the Texas Hill Country when you make Boerne your vacation destination. A five-hour drive puts you in a vacation rental close to the trails at River Road Park. Take a tour of Cascade Caverns with the kids, or ride horses when signing up for a session at the Enchanted Springs Ranch. The Cibolo Nature Center is a great spot to grab a selfie with blooming flowers in the background. Get your fill of nature when walking the grounds of the Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area to spot some wildlife roaming.

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7. Tyler, Texas

Kick back and relax when making Tyler your vacation destination, a city two hours from Irving that is home to wineries such as Kiepersol Vineyards. After a thrilling trip to the Caldwell Zoo, get in some exercise hiking the trails of Tyler State Park. The young ones in your crew can learn more about science and immerse themselves in the interactive exhibits at the Discovery Science Place. If you have some history buffs in your group, take a tour of the 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum before picking up some homemade candy at Rocket Fizz.

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