The River Walk
There's nothing more romantic than spending a day or evening strolling hand in hand along The River Walk in downtown San Antonio. The walkways and foot bridges weave past relaxing cafes, souvenir shops and a large shopping center. There are dozens of restaurants that serve lunch and dinner, and many hotels that overlook the river.
The cost of a hotel room may depend on the season, but several accommodations offer special rates for weekend getaways. The River Walk is a landmark for the historic city, and only minutes from The Alamo. Street performers and musicians entertain visitors in a fun and multicultural setting.
Two of the most popular times of year to visit the River Walk are during Fiesta San Antonio in April and the Christmas season. During the winter, lights are strung in the trees and above the canal. A cozy boat ride under the stars is special anytime of the year. But a boat ride under a blanket of twinkling lights is even more romantic.
If couples are looking for sunshine and sand, they don't have far to go. Texas features many coastal towns in which to spend an exciting and relaxing weekend. One of the most popular coastal towns is the City of Corpus Christi, with several public beaches, museums, the state aquarium and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. Some of the restaurants are located on the piers where diners can enjoy fresh seafood, watch the sun set and listen to live musicians.
Some other romantic choices include South Padre Island, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas, Galveston and Mustang Island. Popular water sports for couples visiting the area include snorkeling, scuba diving, para-sailing and jet skiing.
Heavenly Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country is in the center of the state and features rolling hills, majestic oak trees, colorful wildflowers and a clear sense of the German immigrants who settled there in the 1800s. One of the most popular small cities of the area is Fredericksburg, with many festivals, bed and breakfasts, antique stores and biergartens. Many couples stroll the town to window shop and eat lunch at a street- front cafe. Another romantic Hill Country destination is Marble Falls. The resort style community offers a unique combination of natural beauty and night life. The original downtown area maintains its century old charm, while the bay offers water sports or the opportunity to enjoy the view from a hillside hotel room overlooking the falls.
Desert is Dessert
More adventurous couples may want to visit the desert area of West Texas. White Sands National Park offers visitors sunshine during the day and cool climates at night. Many enjoy the excitement of climbing the ivory colored hills and sliding down to the bottom. White Sands has grills and covered picnic tables for day visitors to use at no charge.
Although the park closes after dark, guests can choose from several nearby campgrounds, hotels and motels. The big city of El Paso is less than an hour away, with restaurants, bars and clubs for couples to enjoy some night life.