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Must see towns in Texas Hill Country?

My fiancé and I will be visiting Texas in June 2019 and wanted to explore Texas Hill Country after stopping at Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin. We are looking to do about a 4 day road trip. What towns should we stop at/are 'must do's'?

5 Answers

answered by
Roger from San Marcos (Texas)

New Braunfels, Gruene, Fredericksburg (Texas) Museum WW II. Also in area old railroad tunnel near there. Bat watching, good place.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. New Braunfels (city)
  2. Gruene (city)
  3. Fredericksburg (Texas) (attraction)

answered by
Claudia from New York City

Hi Sarah,

I like the list given by Maria, Dave, and Janelle. In addition, here are three more you may want to consider:

  • Blanco - located 45 minutes west of Austin, Blanco is known as The Lavender Capital of Texas. Tourists are also attracted to the blue-green waters of the Blanco River.
  • Wimberley - the place for wine tasting tours, vintage shops, and swimming spots (Jacob's Well and The Blue Hole)
  • Shiner- home of Texas' oldest craft beer brewery and the historic Shiner Gaslight Theatre (Shiner Opera House).

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Blanco (city)
  2. Wimberley (attraction)
  3. Shiner (attraction)

answered by
Maria from Fort Worth

Fredericksburg (Texas) is a wonderful city to visit. It was founded by German immigrants and there are several authentic restaurants like Otto's German Bistroand Der Lindenbaum.  290 Texas Trail is considered the Texas wine country route and runs through  Fredericksburg (Texas). There are many fun wineries and vineyards to visit like Becker VineyardsMessina Hof Grapevine WineryFat Ass Ranch & WineryWildseed Farms is a great place to stop and see a beautiful wildflower farm. You can enjoy another glass of wine at Wedding Oak Winery. If you are tired of wineries head to Luckenbach. It was established in 1849 and and made famous by Waylon Jennings.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fredericksburg (Texas) (attraction)
  2. Otto's German Bistro (restaurant)
  3. Der Lindenbaum (restaurant)
  4. 290 Texas Trail (attraction)
  5. Fredericksburg (Texas) (attraction)
  6. Becker Vineyards (restaurant)
  7. Messina Hof Grapevine Winery (restaurant)
  8. Fat Ass Ranch & Winery (restaurant)
  9. Wildseed Farms (attraction)
  10. Wedding Oak Winery (restaurant)
  11. Luckenbach (attraction)

answered by
Dave from Houston

One off the beaten path place we've enjoyed is Hamilton Pool not too far from Austin. You would need a car to get there. It's basically a swimming hole with an overhang out in the boonies.

answered first by
Janelle from Charleston

Fredericksburg (Texas) is very touristy, but a nice place to spend a day.  The National Museum of the Pacific War is a good museum, and the town has a German theme with plenty of good restaurants and art galleries.  Johnson City (Texas) is worthwhile to see the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park.  Uvalde is a nice town with an Old West feel and good Tex Mex culture.  Boerne is another good Hill Country town.  San Antonio is a cool city and much more authentically "Texan" than Austin.  You won't find many vegan restaurants, elitist liberals or Taliban-bearded hipsters there.  It has great Mexican restaurants, and The Alamo and Mission San Jose are worthwhile stops.  Natural Bridge Caverns is a series of caves just outside San Antonio that allow visitors to go underground and explore.  Pedernales Falls State Park is a small state park with good hiking, swimming and rafting.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fredericksburg (Texas) (attraction)
  2. National Museum of the Pacific War (attraction)
  3. Johnson City (Texas) (city)
  4. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park (attraction)
  5. Uvalde (city)
  6. Boerne (city)
  7. San Antonio (city)
  8. The Alamo (attraction)
  9. Mission San Jose (attraction)
  10. Natural Bridge Caverns (attraction)
  11. Pedernales Falls State Park (attraction)

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