Along with sweeping sherbet sunsets, one of the perks of living in the Valley is our proximity to paradises of milder climates. It’s easy to escape the scorching days of summer for a century-old rodeo, stargazing at the Grand Canyon, or tequila tasting on a train. Here are 41 places and events to discover this summer – including 12 out-of-state adventures.
Hipster Haven Weekend
Stay: While East Austin’s counterculture scene has overtaken the South Congress area on the hipster-meter, the historic hotels along the SoCo stretch are still a worthwhile destination. The vintage marquee outside the inexpensive, family-owned Austin Motel (1220 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-1157, austinmotel.com) marks it as retro cool, but if you have the dough, the nearby Hotel San Jose (1316 S. Congress Ave., 512-852-2360, sanjosehotel.com) has gorgeous vine-covered concrete bungalows originally built in 1936. As a bonus, four-legged friends are welcome.
Play: Pedal-philes will appreciate the simplicity and leisurely pace of Texas Bike Tours (texasbiketours.com), where cyclists can choose to get acquainted w