As wonderful as Austin is, sometimes you just itch to get out of your city for a weekend. There are so many beautiful spots within a few hours’ drive of the city, so check out this list to start planning your next weekend getaway.
1. Fredericksburg. This charming town famous for its German heritage and wineries is only an hour and thirty minutes away from Austin, and worth every minute of the drive. You’ll spend the weekend eating delicious German food, sampling all the wines your heart desires, hiking at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Arena, and walking through the beautiful flower gardens at Wilseed Farms. Don’t forget to check out the National Museum of the Pacific War while you’re there!
2. Corpus Christi. Craving a trip to the beach but can’t quite swing a visit to the east or west coasts? Head to Corpus Christi for miles of sandy beaches. This fun seaside town is right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. But the sand, sun, and waves aren’t all this town has to offer. You won’t want to miss Mustang Island State Park, the Texas State Aquarium, the Selena Museum, or the South Texas Botanical Gardens, either.
3. Son’s Island. Did you know that there’s a private paradise hiding in Guadalupe River? It’s called Son’s Island, a little-known spot just a 20-minute drive from Seguin. You can go kayaking, paddleboarding, paddleboating, or biking, and there are even cabanas available to rent if you’d like a hammock, picnic table, barbecue pit, and private swimming and fishing dock.
4. Longhorn Cavern State Park. Hanging out in the sun is nice, but don’t forget all about the magic underground, too. This cavern close by the city has many claims to fame. Comanche Native Americans once used it as a council room and Confederate soldiers manufactured gunpowder inside during the civil war. During the 1920s it became a speakeasy and dance hall, and in the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps started making it what it is today. It’s even said that Sam Bass, an Old West outlaw, hid his stolen fortune somewhere inside. Plus, the cavern has some truly amazing formations!
Isn’t it nice to have such an amazing place to return to after a weekend or a week’s vacation away? If you’re thinking about moving to a new home in the Austin area, hit reply and let’s chat about how I can help.