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The temperatures begin to drop in many parts of the US as summer ends and fall begins. Texas may be the right choice if you don’t want to let summer go and still long for a weekend escape. The fall temperatures are usually warm, and the weather is often spectacular.

You’re probably familiar with megalopoli like Houston and Dallas, but Texas is vast and has much more. Texas, the second-largest US state, borders both the country of Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to many diverse communities and cultures worth closer inspection.

You can visit some of Texas’ lesser-known, smaller towns, regardless of whether you were born in Texas or not. Although Austin and San Antonio might think they have the coolest place in Texas, many beautiful and unique places exist here.

Here are 10 Texas towns that make great weekend getaways.

Marfa

Marfa is West Texas’ most well-known small town. The town was reimagined in 1970 as a place for fine art. It has undergone a major transformation since its previous role as a railroad construction and operations hub.

Its current status as an arts hub can be attributed to Donald Judd. He was a sculptor who moved to Marfa via New York. The Judd Foundation continues to preserve Judd’s creative legacy in Marfa. They offer tours of the home, workspaces, and installations of the late sculptor to those who book in advance.

Marfa has been a haven for artists and counter-culturists since its revival as an arts mecca. This has led to the opening many unique restaurants, boutiques and museums. You’ll feel right at home if you are a hipster.

Plenty of bars and music venues will entertain you in the evenings. But don’t forget about stargazing, which is one of the best parts of Marfa. After a long day of adventure, you can find quiet spots to enjoy the vast starry sky.

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas German is the last known dialect of German that is still spoken in this area. It is also home to one of two continents. Visitors will be able to identify the scenery and a large portion of its population as Texan. However, some trappings and architecture seem straight out of Bavaria.

Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-century by German settlers. Today, you will hear a lot of English spoken here due to English-only teaching policies in public schools that were adopted after World War II. Although the language is not as common as it used to be, visitors will still find many German influences in food, culture, festivals, and other aspects of life.

Fredericksburg is not known for its strict adherence to German cuisine. Many of the dishes here are Texan-inspired. Like their counterparts in the Old Country, these people are passionate about beer. You can visit many breweries if you are a beer fan. However, if you are looking for something different, there are plenty of distilleries and wineries.

Laredo

Laredo, located on the banks of the Rio Grande, is just a stone’s throw from Mexico. Many people live here bi-nationally and commute between Mexico and the United States. It has been a city that has changed its nationality many times. Once, it was part of France, Spain and Mexico. Even the Republic of the Rio Grande existed for only a few months in 1840.

Although Laredo today is considered part of Texas politically, it is rich in Mexican culture. The Texas Historical Commission has worked extensively to promote this culture through its Heritage Tourism program. Many events and tourism programs were developed in collaboration with community leaders, restaurateurs, and artists from the area to highlight Mexican influence and history in Laredo. CaminArte, which takes place on the first Friday of every month, is one of these initiatives. It is an art walk that showcases the best visual and performing arts in the downtown core.

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