One-tank trips: 5 places to visit in San Marcos

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HOUSTONOne tank of gas can take you from Houston to some pretty amazing places. Our ongoing series "One Tank Trips," helps you discover what to do, and where to eat and stay in these places.

San Marcos, Texas 

Distance from Downtown Houston to San Marcos: 166 miles

San Marcos is conveniently nestled in the heart of all major Texas cities as it is about 32 miles outside of Austin, 50 miles outside of San Antonio, 166 miles outside of Houston and 224 miles outside of Dallas. While there are plenty of spots to enjoy and stay in San Marcos, travelers can also use San Marcos as a day-trip and enjoy the remainder of a long weekend less than an hour away in Austin. 

Here are 5 things to know about San Marcos: 

1. San Marcos Premium Outlets

If you are need of a daylong shopping spree, these outlets are the spot. Between San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlet Factory Center, the outlets have over 350 stores in the area. San Marcos Premium Outlets provides the perfect mix of both high-end and regular priced outlets including Gucci, Lululemon, Restoration Hardware, Prada, Sunglass Hut and Neiman Marcus Last Call.