We are in San Antonio, TX.
Here are a few places we're considering:
* Port Aransas beach, TX - approx 3 hours
* South Padre Island, TX - approx 5 hours
* Big Bend National Park, TX - approx 8 hours
* Ozarks Mountains, AR - approx 11 hours
Or if you have any other suggestions, under a day's drive (12-15 hours max), please suggest. I've named mostly naturey type places, but if there's unique cities out there, please suggest those too. I just lived/visited most major cities in Texas so I'm not as interested, but other states or small unique ones in TX - suggest away.
Also, if you recommend any of the choices that I've said, or tell me to avoid any places you wouldn't recommend, that'll be great too.
Since we're both poor students on budgets right now, suggestions for cheap motels/camping areas in any of those places, as well as tips of cheap places to eat, routes we should take, what the climate is like, suggestions of what must-do/must-see attractions in any of those areas, what to bring, etc. Any tips you have at all is great too.