So, you just moved to Austin but want to explore the land beyond Travis County? Here are some of our recommendations for people of all backgrounds and interests, for fun day trips out of the city. Some of these are more popular destinations, and some are slightly off the beaten path.
A town for lovers and families alike, Fredericksburg sits in the heart of the Hill Country and is the epitome of Czech-Influenced rural Texas tourism. Experience a beautiful drive down Highway 290, and try out one of the many dining options in town. Fredericksburg also has enough charming Bed and Breakfast's to rival all of New England.
Deemed by some as the “New Austin”, San Marcos is just a short drive to the south. Featuring rivers where locals gather, a 4 year university, and a charming town square with bars, restaurants and art galleries abound, San Marcos is a quirky big town that reminds visitors of the Austin of yesteryear.
Pace Bend State Park
Enjoy views, consistently deep rivers, and a little bit of nature at Pace Bend. Texas does not have many public spaces for people to recreate, but Pace Bend is one of the few and offers patrons a place to let loose and enjoy the natural beauty of the state.
Burnet is a charming small town that you probably won’t find on other people’s lists. The reason we like it, is because it has all the staples of a popular tourist trap, without all the crowds and commotion. Plus, we have yet to find a better place to view Bluebonnets. So, enjoy the scenic drive out to Burnet, and stop by Inks Lake to get your fill of nature.
Texas Wine Country
Believe it or not, Austin, and the surrounding areas, are home to several great wineries. Simply drive down Highway 290 or Fitzhugh Road and you will be hard-pressed to miss a winery. Enjoy Texas agriculture, scenery, and service all on the same trip. Our favorite is the view at the Hawk's Nest.