When you’re staying in Houston you’ll find there are many opportunities for day trips regardless of the season. Whether you’d like to explore more of Texas’ history, the Gulf, the beach, or the countryside, there are plenty of places to visit when you’re staying in Houston.

Port Aransas & Corpus Christi

Both Port Aransas and Corpus Christi are just a little over three hours from Houston and offer beautiful beaches if you are taking advantage of our Houston furniture rental during late spring, summer, or even early fall months. Enjoy delicious seafood, surfing, camping, sunbathing, and swimming at either of these destinations.


Galveston is one of the prettiest cities in America, known as the Oleander City. It has six historic districts and many restored Victorian homes. The Moody Gardens are perhaps one of the most beautifully landscaped attractions in America. They feature three buildings, the Aquarium Pyramid, the Rainforest Pyramid, and the Discovery Pyramid, which offer educational activities and animal and marine life to delight children and adults alike.  At under an hour away, Galveston is hard to miss when you’re staying in Houston.


Texas’ Capital, Austin offers history, shopping, food, and a legacy of rock music that put it on the map when it was just a town, not the thriving city it is today. Visit the Texas Capitol, check out the stomping grounds of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Nelson, and enjoy breakfast tacos in the town that invented and perfected them.

San Antonio

San Antonio is a great daytrip for business travelers and moving families alike. San Antonio has a rich Mexican-American historical tradition to explore, with the Alamo and the Institute of Texan Cultures fantastic stops for the explorer of history. For families, San Antonio offers Seaworld, Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, and more. San Antonio is a unique city with a great vibe, and well worth a long weekend to explore all it has to offer in art, culture, relaxation, and more.

The Hill Country

Take a break from the city and enjoy winding roads, hills, hiking, and wine with a trip into the Hill Country. The area features Enchanted Rock, which offers marvelous views of the countryside, and LBJ National Historical Park, where you can learn more about one of the nation’s most accomplished Presidents. The town of Bandera offers cowboy and rodeo traditions to explore, and Fredericksburg rich culinary traditions drawing from Mexico, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany, as well as fantastic wineries and music.

Long Weekend: New Orleans

Clocking in a little over 5 hours from Houston, New Orleans isn’t really a daytrip, but is definitely worth visiting if you’re spending a fair amount of time in the Houston area and are looking for a great long weekend destination. If you’re taking advantage of our Houston furniture rental options during the spring, New Orleans is a great Mardi Gras destination in particular.

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