Austin, Texas, consistently tops lists of best places to live, and ranks first on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best places to live in the U.S. It’s also ranked the fourth best place to retire. But everyone, even residents of one of the nation’s greatest cities, needs a break from familiar surroundings from time to time. Austin boasts access to a wide range of great nearby locations for day trips. Here are our picks for the top five-day trips convenient to the Austin area.
The Alamo City is the stuff of Texas legend. No San Antonio trip would be complete without a trip to the famed Alamo. Plan a weekend trip so you can squeeze in all that this great city has to offer. Plan a stroll along the Riverwalk, then visit the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Don’t forget to take in some stunning flora and fauna at the Botanical Garden and San Antonio Zoo. Kids will have a great time at Morgan’s Wonderland. This beloved theme park is accessible to people with special needs, making it a fully welcoming option for families of all types.
If you prefer a quiet, slower pace, Wimberley is a great bet. This town nestled into the Texas hill country is friendly, channeling the spirit of small-town America, but with much more to experience than the average rural town can offer. Check out two of Texas’s most perfect swimming holes, Jacob’s Well and Blue Hole. Artistic sorts and Old West enthusiasts will find Bootiful Wimberley delightful and a little bizarre. This trail of decorated boots offers a map-guided walk that takes you through some of the area’s most lovely spots. If you’re traveling during warm weather, stop by the Wimberley Market on Saturday mornings.
Waco has a strange, meandering history that includes the infamous Branch Davidian standoff. If you’re interested in cults and conspiracy theories, it’s a must. But even if you’re not, Waco has a lot to offer. The city has seen a boom in tourism thanks in large part to Joanna and Chip Gaines’s tv show Fixer Upper. It’s filled with charming restaurants, artisan markets, and plenty of lovely accommodations for a weekend. While you’re there, check out the Texas Sports Hall of Fame or Magnolia Market. Love soda? Then stop by the Dr. Pepper museum for a strange and delightful slice of American soda lore.
Proudly touting its German heritage, Fredericksburg hosts a beloved Oktoberfest each year. The city’s historic roots run deep, with more than 80 sites of historical interest. Check out the Pioneer Museum, which tells the story of Texas Hill Country in exquisite detail. Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg is most well known for being the capital of Texas Wine Country. Wine lovers can have a glass while enjoying the view at one of the wineries tasting rooms. While enjoying the history downtown, you can take a brake and stop by at one of the many tasting rooms on main street. Take a detour just 13 miles outside of Fredericksburg to the tiny town of Luckenbach, which is famous for its incredible live country music. Don’t forget to stop by Wildseed Farms, a real wildflower farm that welcomes families.
Natural springs are the subject of legends and fairy tales thanks to their incredible, almost mystical, beauty. Dripping Springs is one of the nicest natural springs in the U.S. Check out Hamilton Pool while you wander through Reimers Ranch Park. Then head into town and stop by one of the brewers or take a tour of the Deep Eddy Distillery. Foodies will relish a meal at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company. Dripping Springs also boasts a number of great wineries.
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