A fall getaway in the Lone Star State doesn’t have to be expensive. From camping options to cheap bed and breakfasts, there are plenty of affordable and entertaining spots to explore here. No matter if you prefer to browse art galleries or would rather find peace on a hiking trail, this list caters to all types of travelers. Hit the road this autumn season and explore these seven best budget fall getaways in the Lone Star State.
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Jefferson (Hotel Prices & Photos)
For some, the autumn season doesn’t mean changing fall foliage or cooler weather; it means the season of spooky has begun. For a low budget trip this October, head to Jefferson, known as one of the most haunted towns not only in the state but the country. Paranormal enthusiasts flock to this small Texas town to catch a glimpse of resident ghosts, spirits and ghouls. Stay at an affordable bed and breakfast where nightly prices can easily be found for less than $100. Jefferson’s downtown is also home to a number of antique shops with affordable prices that are not easily found in any of Texas’ larger cities. Once the sun sets, choose to go on the Jefferson Ghost Walk that is held every Friday and Saturday night.
Lost Maples State Park (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Fall in Texas means cooler temperatures. Therefore camping is far more tolerable during the autumn months in the Lone Star State. The one place to reserve a campsite during autumn is at Lost Maples State Natural Area located outside of Vanderpool. This Hill Country hot spot is one of the best places to view changing fall foliage, since it’s home to a grove of maple trees. Also, camping never breaks the bank here, since campsites are only $20 per night and primitive sites are at a low $10 a night. Enjoy the weather while you can this fall at Lost Maples.
Wimberley (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Wimberley is a cute town just an hour outside of Austin that has great antique shopping, a number of wineries in the area and many outdoor recreation activities to choose from. Now Wimberley does have plenty of bed and breakfasts to stay out with prices ranging from $100 to $150. If you’re looking for accommodations even cheaper however, seek out camp spots or even cabins too. Even if you’re wallet doesn’t allow you to buy from the cute shops found in Wimberley’s downtown, still browse the art galleries and vintage boutiques. You may even be able to catch a glassblowing demo at Wimberley Glassworks. From hiking trails to swimming holes, embrace the outdoor options around here too that are not only great to explore during fall’s cool temperatures but also free.
Tyler (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Tyler, known as the Rose Capital of America, makes for an affordable fall getaway in the Lone Star State. Choose to camp at Tyler State Park, where the fall foliage reflecting off the 64-acre lake makes for a great photo op. However don’t visit Tyler without experiencing Tyler’s roses. Every October is the multi-day Tyler Rose Festival, where many events have free admission. The Tyler Rose Garden is also a great place to spot fall foliage, especially when the Japanese Maples start to change color. Lastly, take a scenic drive on Highway 14 from Tyler to view even more fall foliage.
Caprock Canyons State Park (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Caprock Canyons State Park is another camping destination that is perfect to experience during Texas’ autumn season. The most money you’ll spend at Caprock Canyons is the gas money to get there since it’s about 100 miles from Amarillo. However choose to pitch a tent for cheap or find affordable lodging options on nearby ranches. Filled with hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Caprock Canyons State Park is the perfect place to embrace the fall weather. There is fall foliage to be found here too, The cottonwood trees’ bright colors look gorgeous against the colorful sandstone cliffs at Caprock Canyons.
Round Top (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Round Top, only about an hour and half from Austin, is the perfect spot to have a weekend getaway. Now Round Top is known for its antique shopping and its killer pie shop. Even Texans on a budget will find an affordable antique or vintage good to take home from Round Top, especially during the fall show of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair. This tiny town has plenty of bed and breakfasts and hotels with affordable prices. Don’t forget to take home a pie from Royer’s Cafe after you browse the art galleries in Round Top’s downtown area.
Garner State Park (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Garner State Park is no doubt a popular destination during the summer months. However head to Garner to catch changing fall foliage, avoid summer crowds and have an affordable fall getaway. Choose to hike or bike while the weather is cool. And overnight camping is extremely affordable so a weekend camping trip here is the perfect way to find relaxation before the holidays hit. The cypress, mesquite, persimmon and oak trees change to beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, so head to Garner in late October to view the fall foliage before it’s gone.