10 Awesome Texas Towns You May Not Have Heard Of

Palo Duro Canyon © Martin Konopacki/Flickr
Palo Duro Canyon © Martin Konopacki/Flickr
Photo of Aubrey Cofield
9 February 2017

The largest and most popular cities in Texas – think Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas – all remain well-known for their unique attributes. But this large state is also home to many other excellent cities that often go overlooked.

Palo Duro Canyon | © Martin Konopacki/Flickr


Marfa is the unassuming art mecca of Texas. With the opening of The Chinati Foundation came art displays from renowned artists from all over the world. Most recently they installed Robert Irwin’s only permanent, freestanding art structure, a piece that plays with space and light. The town is also known for what they call the ‘Marfa Lights,’ mysterious lights with no definite explanation as to where they might come from.

Marfa, TX, USA

Robert Irwin, unititled (dawn to dusk), Instillation Exterior, 2016 © 2016 Philipp Sholz Rittermann, Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation

Robert Irwin, unititled (dawn to dusk), Instillation Exterior, 2016 © 2016 Philipp Sholz Rittermann, Courtesy of the Chinati Foundation


USA Today ranked the charming beach town of Rockport number 5 in Best Coastal Small Towns in the country. Rockport is a quaint city known for peaceful beaches, fishing, the arts, and historic buildings. Whether you’re a Texas resident or not this is a great place to escape for a relaxing vacation.

Rockport, TX, USA


Just 20 minutes outside of San Antonio is the cute Hill Country town of Boerne. Take a stroll through the city and visit some of the local shops or explore the Cibolo Nature Center where you can find four different eco systems in one concentrated area.

Boerne, TX, USA


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Gruene General Store, Gruene, Texas, Usa (Editorial Use Only)
Gruene General Store, Gruene | © Danita Delimont / Alamy Stock Photo
Gruene is home to winerys, antique shops, and the oldest dance hall in Texas. The city belongs to the National Register of Historic Places, so you can expect to find beautiful old buildings that have been well-maintained over the years. It’s especially nice to visit during a festival, like their popular Gruene Music & Wine Fest.


The historic town of Jefferson is oozing with charm. You’ll feel at home in this welcoming, quiet city, which offers many bed and breakfasts and local places to eat. You can take a historic tour of the town by horse and carriage or embark on a ghost walk and learn about Jefferson’s intriguing history.

Jefferson, TX, USA


Wimberley is the spot for art lovers and adventure seekers. They hold art festivals and plays through out the year, attracting creative people from all over, and there’s also one of Texas’ most beautiful swimming holes in Wimberley – Blue Hole – which is complete with a working rope swing. Enjoy the greenery by ziplining through the cypress trees, or rev through town with one of the motorcycle clubs that frequently use the city as a destination spot.

Wimberley, TX, USA


Just South of Amarillo is Canyon, a town that is most well-known for Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The park holds the second largest canyon in the country where you can bike, hike, or explore terrain on horseback. You can also experience one of the most extraordinary musicals in a carved-out amphitheater amongst the Canyons. During the summer nights, Texas Outdoor Musical puts on an extremely entertaining performance for all the visitors.

Canyon, TX, USA


Walk the streets of downtown Fredricksburg and splurge at some local antique shops or enjoy a meal at any of the historic restaurants serving authentic German dishes. Try fresh peaches at Das Peach Haus or hike Enchanted Rock for one of the best views of the Texas Hill Country.

Fredricksburg, TX, USA

By Aubrey Cofield

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