Best Cheap Long Weekend Trips Near DFW

August 9, 2014 7:00 AM

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Need a weekend away on a small budget? For reasonably priced weekends, there are still options within a few hours of the metroplex. On a long weekend, a three- or four-hour drive can be the beginning of a spectacular time away without going broke.

White Oak Manor Bed & Breakfast – Jefferson, TX
502 E. Benners St.
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-8185

One would think time travel would be expensive, however, an excursion to the historic and romantic East Texas town of Jefferson, about two and a half hours from DFW, would prove otherwise. Starting at $110 per night, this stay will include a hot breakfast, an eyeful of greenery and a river setting straight out of a novel.

Alpine Inn – Hot Springs, AR
741 Park Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(866) 847-9148

In Hot Springs, Arkansas, starting at a surprising $65 per night, is a deal as easy to accept as a sulfur bath in this town. Hot Springs Mountain Tower in the gorgeous natural foliage provides a lofty view of the area. Or you can stay on the ground at bathhouses and galleries. Top it off with a stroll down one of the newest area attractions, the Arkansas Walk of Fame, and you can call it a wonderful weekend to remember.

Hilton Garden Inn – Shreveport, LA
5971 Financial Plaza
Shreveport, LA 71129
(318) 686-0148

What could beat Hilton style in a Lagniappe setting? Hilton quality starting at under $100 per night can beat that. Shows, casinos and culture will load the weekend calendar in Shreveport. Museums, parks and Louisiana cooking will fill your soul, mind and schedule without emptying your pocket. There is a week’s worth of things to do between the scenic highways and multicultural landscape of this city. Take a river cruise in the daytime and save up energy for this city’s vibrant nightlife.

Related: Best Weekend Getaways In The DFW Area

Granbury Gardens Bed & Breakfast – Granbury, TX
321 W. Doyle St.
Granbury, TX 76048
(817) 573-9010

A fresh, hot breakfast will get the morning going right in Granbury and make you ready for a day filled with trolley rides, an historic city square and a variety of attractions. The city square is a perfect backdrop for photos after a day of shopping at the numerous downtown boutique shops. Between Granbury and the nearby town of Glen Rose, a gallery of fun awaits. For those more into adventure, there are sites for animals past and present. Dinosaur Valley State Park is frequented by many in their quest for discovery along the riverbeds in this park, while Fossil Rim Wildlife Center nearby provides up-close and personal experiences with animals that can be fed from the car window. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has also added specialty tours to its menu.

Aloft Tulsa – Tulsa, OK
6716 S. 104th East Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 949-9000

With online rates at $105, the modern style of Aloft will be reminiscent of costlier hotels and is nearby great shopping options. For a long weekend, Tulsa is ideal. With a meaty list of museums, gardens, golf and arts options to choose from, time will fly by. With living history sites and nearby Cherokee heritage sites, Tulsa can boast about both culture and couture.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at