Imagine a place where crystal clear streams and towering oak & cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. Add to the beauty, a place where visitors are always greeted by a friendly "howdy y'all" and you have found the wonder of the Texas Hill Country. It's is a little slice of heaven offering breathtaking beauty and a relaxing atmosphere. The Texas Hill Country is truly just like a whole other state.
This beautiful area welcomes 5 million visitors annually. It's easy to see why people keep coming back again and again. The Texas Hill Country offers unparalleled diversity. In the spring, roadsides and open fields are dotted with colorful wildflowers, from the Indian Paintbrush to the Texas
state flower, the Bluebonnet. (In Hill Country, Texas
Shows Its Colors, New York Times - Apr 15, 2004
). Autumn brings vibrant reds, oranges and yellows as leaves announce the start of a new season. Summer is a time for tubing down the river, boating on one of the many area lakes or enjoying an outdoor barbecue. Winter is mild with a touch of cool air, ideal for viewing the thousands of Christmas lights residents display. Discover the Texas Hill Country...
...with My Texas Vacation.
Seasonal fruit, peaches from the Fredericksburg, Texas
area and Medina
apples represent the array of mouth watering produce grown in the area. Stop at a roadside stand for a taste. Abundant wildlife such as white tailed deer, mockingbirds and armadillos make their home among the hills and offer a glimpse of nature. Bandera, Texas
, the cowboy capital of the world, is a quaint town full of western ambiance and authentic dude ranches. Guests will never forget the rodeos and the boot scootin'. Boerne, Texas
is an ageless town, rich with history and endless antiques and arts and crafts. The town square, a perfect place to relax, is reminiscent of bygone days.
Just north of San Antonio
, Canyon Lake, Texas
is a quiet town, well known for its tranquil lake. Guests can spend a weekend of fishing, swimming, boating or just relaxing on the shore. Other vast lakes including LBJ, Buchanan and Travis also offer visitors a chance to water ski, fish, swim and boat. In Fredericksburg, Texas
the German heritage is evident especially along Main Street
where former Sunday houses have been turned into quaint shops and turn of the century buildings now house restaurants. Visitors can stroll down the street and feel as if they have been transported back in time as they shop. Romantic bed and breakfast inns in Fredericksburg
are ideal for an overnight getaway.
Located on Lake Marble Falls
, the city of Marble Falls, Texas
is a popular water recreation spot.
Visitors to New Braunfels, Texas
enjoy the Children's and Hummel museums, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, and Natural Bridge Caverns. The Comal River
offers plenty of water fun.
West of New Braunfels on HWY
46 you will stumble across the little town of Gruene
, known for the famous Gruene Hall, where legends have been born. On a hot summer night, one can almost hear the sounds of legends coming from the screened in dance hall. Couples still travel there to dance the night away, drink a cold beverage, and throw a couple of horseshoes. During the day, visitors can shop, eat and explore the quaint surroundings that add charm and distinction to Gruene, Texas
The Frio River/Frio Canyon area includes Leakey
, and Rio Frio and is perfect for spending a lazy summer weekend. Tubing, camping and canoeing are popular family sports near the Frio River
. Visit the area in autumn and see the wondrous display of colorful leaves.
The clear, cold San Marcos River
rises from mammoth springs within the town of San Marcos, Texas
. Noted for its profusion of both plant and animal aquatic life, the river is ranked among worlds most fertile. Located south of San Marcos on IH 35, you will find word class shopping at Prime Outlet and Tanger Outlets with at over 250stores such as Off Sak's, Donna Karen, Coach, Spiegel, Eddie Baurer and J Crew.
A mere stones throw north of San Marcos
you will find the quaint little town of Wimberley, Texas
. Recreational communities, bed and breakfasts, vacation resorts and youth camps dot the Wimberley, Texas
area. Climbing, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, golf, tennis, arts and crafts, and camping are popular activities.
One must not forget the fabulous Guadalupe River
. Famous for its exciting rapids and sparkling clear waters this is a real treat for families and the young at heart. It is very popular with tubers.
Nearby, Kerrville, Texas
offers a wealth of activities from museums and shopping to parks. The picturesque drive from Kerrville to Ingram, Texas
, a trade center for camps, and retirement and vacation homes, to Hunt, Texas, also known for camps, vacation homes and retirement homes, and longhorns - will take you along the Guadalupe River lined with majestic cypress trees and remote waterfalls.