What Are Texas Residents Favorite Cities To Visit?

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Where do Texans love to go when it’s time to get away? Typically, Texans like to visit other places in the nation’s second-largest state since there’s so much to see and do. However, when it’s time to escape the heat, there are three places Texans seek out more than most.

BetTexas.com took a break from covering Texas sports betting and utilized Google Trends to determine the most searched cities by each state using the term “Flights To” and finding the most often searched city at the end of the phrase.

After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from June 25, 2022, to June 25, 2023), we were able to find the top 3 cities for Texas. Please note any cities within the state were not included.

Texas’ Favorite Cities to Visit

Rank City
1Los Angeles
2Las Vegas
3New York City

Bright Lights, Big Cities on Itinerary

The three places where Texans are looking for flights are to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. One good thing about Texas being so big is there are lots of places to take a non-stop flight out of the state to one of those marquee destinations.

Looking to fly to Los Angeles? You’ve got 53 non-stops from Dallas every day with Spirit, Delta, American and Southwest airlines. And you’ve got two airports to choose from with Dallas/Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field.

Houston has 63 non-stop flights, with Spirit, United, Delta and Southwest leading the way. Again, you’ve got two airports to choose from with George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby.

For those living close enough to Austin (26 non-stop flights daily) and San Antonio (20 non-stop flights), both of those international airports can offer some cheaper alternatives than going all the way to the two biggest cities in Texas.

If you’re looking to book that fun trip to Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston again have the most daily non-stop flights, but unlike heading to Los Angeles the flights to Las Vegas from Dallas and Houston are typically cheaper than the ones leaving from Austin and San Antonio.

And since there are no legal Texas betting apps, summer is a big time for Texans looking to place their season bets for college and pro football. That might explain why the flights leaving from Houston and Dallas are a little cheaper, giving the Texas gambler from the professional football hubs a little extra incentive.

There are a lot more daily non-stop flights from Dallas, Houston and Austin heading to New York, and that’s not surprising since many Texans fly to New York for business and pleasure. It’s also the jumping off point for many heading overseas. There are 115 daily non-stop flights from Houston and 103 from Dallas, compared to just 62 from Austin and 17 from San Antonio.

No matter the reason for getting away, be it business or pleasure, Texans have plenty of choices when it comes to leaving the state for a getaway.


Douglas Pils

Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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