5 Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip Ideas

Here are 5 Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip Ideas + things to do in each destination and where to stay!

5 Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip Itineraries

Road Trips Overview
Texas Road Trip in Mazda CX-30

I was given a new Mazda CX-30 to try out and road trip around the Texas Hill Country in. No stranger to Mazda (I work for Roger Beasley Mazda, drive a Mazda CX-5 normally, and recently bought a Miata), I was pumped to try their newest CUV. These Mazda CX-30 Preferred features have been SO nice to have:

    • Remote Start with the MyMazda App
    • Apple CarPlay for tunes + navigation
    • i-Activ AWD®
    • Radar Cruise Control
    • Active Windshield Display
    • Power Liftgate
    • and TONS of i-Activsense® safety features

A huge thank you again to Mazda for letting me take this great little CUV all around the Texas Hill Country! I logged A LOT of miles in the Mazda CX-30 for this post and I hope you find it helpful for planning your next weekend road trip! So without further ado… 

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Road Trip: True Texas Hill Country

Visit the heart of the Texas Hill Country with this weekend road trip itinerary that passes through Boerne, Luckenbach, and Fredericksburg! Expect beautiful hill country views, lots of outdoor activities, and of course, some great wine!

Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip - Boerne to Fredericksburg

Boerne, TX

About 15 miles from San Antonio, Boerne has been dubbed “The Hub of the Hill Country.” This charming small town has lots of great things to do and see, which is why it’s a great destination for a weekend road trip in the Texas Hill Country!

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Main Street: There are tons of shops, restaurants, and cafes all along the cute main street in downtown Boerne

Main Street in Boerne - Hill Country Road Trip stop

Boerne Mural: Snap a pic with the Boerne Mural, located on the side of Corner Cartel. 

Cute Boerne Mural - Greetings from Boerne

Outfit Details: Sweater – Madewell at Nordstrom Rack / Hat – Maufrais / Sandals – similar / Shorts – similar / Earrings – Kendra Scott

River Road Park: The river road park is a great place to bring a picnic, walk along, or feed the ducks! 

Cave Without a Name: A national natural landmark, the Cave Without a Name is located a little outside of Boerne and definitely worth a stop! Photos below from their Facebook page

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Highest rated hotels in Boerne:

Airbnb’s near Boerne – that you’d ACTUALLY want to stay in:

Luckenbach, TX

A tiny little “town” made famous by Willie Nelson, many say Luckenbach is the heart and soul of Texas. Located right outside of Fredericksburg, the Luckenbach Texas General Store, Bar, and Dancehall is a must-visit on a hill country weekend road trip!

Luckenbach - Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip

Fredericksburg, TX

Known for its wineries and German heritage, Fredericksburg is one of the most popular destinations for a Hill Country weekend getaway!

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Shopping on Main Street: Much like Boerne, Fredericksburg’s Main Street is filled with cute boutiques and shops! Whether you’re shopping for clothes, housewares, or even all things Christmas, there is something for everyone! Be sure to check out these:

Visit a Winery on 290: Nicknamed the Wine Road 290, there are over 20 award-winning wineries along this stretch of highway between Fredericksburg and Johnson City. Some of my favorites include:

william chris vineyards - 290 Wine Road

Visit a Museum: Fredericksburg has a lot of history! Check out one of their many museums:

Wildseed Farms: Located just outside of Fredericksburg, Wildseed Farms has been growing wildflowers for over 35 years and is the nation’s largest working wildflower farm! They have over 200 acres, many walking trails, a nursery, and an amazing butterfly garden.

Wildseed Farms - Hill Country Road Trip Stop
Wildseed Farms Butterflies

Enchanted Rock: Enchanted Rock is a Hill Country Road Trip must see! Just be aware that you do have to pay an entrance fee and can make a reservation online beforehand. 

Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg
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Road Trip: Small Town Gems East of Austin

If you travel a little east of Austin, there are some small-town gems that are great to explore on a Hill Country weekend road trip! 

Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip: East Small Town Gems

Bastrop, TX

Named “The Most Historic Small Town in Texas,” Bastrop, TX is a charming town 30 miles east of Austin with lots of things to do and great places to eat! 

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Bastrop State Park: Famous for it’s “Lost Pines,” Bastrop State Park offers a variety of activities like hiking, camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing, and more!

Grab a Drink: As we know, Central Texas is not lacking when it comes to breweries, distilleries, and wineries, and Bastrop is no exception! These are some of the local favorites:

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines: Probably the most popular place to stay near Bastrop, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is not only a luxury resort but also offers tons of activities like an amazing golf course, relaxing spa, and an awesome lazy river! Photos below from their Facebook page.

Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Hill Country

El Camino Real Paddling Trail: Rent a kayak or canoe from Bastrop River Co and explore the El Camino Real Paddling Trail!

Go Back in History: Bastrop has a lot of history! Visit one of these places to learn more about the rich history in the area:

    • Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center
    • The Colorado River Bridge
    • Bastrop Opera House
    • Kerr Hall
    • Bastrop County Courthouse
Visiting Bastrop County Courthouse

Visit an Art Gallery: Bastrop has a surprising amount of art galleries and shops! Most are located on Main Street. 

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If you’re looking for something upscale and resort-y, I highly recommend Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Photo below from website.

If you want to stay somewhere more unique/cool near Bastrop, check out these stays on Airbnb!

Smithville, TX

45 minutes east of Austin, Smithville is a great place to stop in along on a Hill Country Road Trip east of Austin (also a great day trip from Austin)!

Honey's in Smithville, TX
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Stroll Along Smithville Main Street: Smithville has a small main street, also known as “Old Smithville,” with many of the buildings originally dating back to the late 1800s! 

Old Main Street in Smithville
Main Street in Old Smithville

Smithville General Store: There are several restaurants and shops along the main street, but I especially like the Smithville General Store

Smithville General Store - Road trip stop

World’s Largest Gingerbread Man: You read that right, Smithville is home to the world’s largest gingerbread man! It was 20-feet-tall and now has a permanent monument in its place right off Smithville Mainstreet. 

Photo: © 2012 Larry D. Moore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Honey’s Diner: Honey’s is a great choice for lunch (and a cocktail) while traveling through Smithville!  

Round Top, TX

Round Top, Texas is a cute, funky small-town East of Austin and a great place to spend a weekend! There are so many fun things to do, ESPECIALLY if you love shopping and antiques!

Weekend Road trip to Round Top, TX
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Antique Shopping: The number one things to do in Round Top is antiquing! There are so many shops filled with incredible treasures! Some of the most popular are:

Junk Gypsy antique shopping in Round Top

Get a new pair of boots: Embrace your inner cowgirl or cowboy and snag a new pair of cowboy boots at Townsend Provisions! The entire upstairs is lined with vintage cowboy boots of all sizes. Junk Gypsy is also known for its cowboy boot selection too!

Boot Wall at Townsend Provisions in Round Top

Check out Henkel Square: Henkel Square is located right off the main town square area. It has Henkel Hall, a bunch of fun shops, cool restaurants, and the cutest little chapel

Royers Pie Haven: While in Henkel Square, be sure to grab a piece of pie at Royers Pie Haven, you won’t regret it! 

Royers Pie Haven in Round Top Round Trip
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Wander Inn: We stayed at the Wander Inn and loved it!  The grounds are lovely, the rooms are decorated so beautifully, and they deliver biscuits to you every morning! 

Where to stay in Round Top: Wander Inn
Wander Inn at Round Top
Wander Inn Round Top

For even more on Round Top recommendations, check out this post: Round Top, TX Guide: Best Things to Do

Road Trip: New Braunfels to Wimberley to Dripping Springs

Head southwest of Austin for this Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip! With places like New Braunfels, Wimberley, and Dripping Springs on the itinerary, you know you’re in store for some great food, great drinks, and great hill country views!

Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip - New Braunfels, Wimberley and Dripping Springs

New Braunfels

New Braunfels is a charming city in the Texas Hill Country with unique shops, interesting museums, and tons of great outdoor activities!

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Gruene Historic District: One of my favorite parts of New Braunfels, Gruene has lots of things to do:

Visit a Waterpark: Schlitterbahn Waterpark is one of the most famous waterparks in the Texas Hill Country! It has awesome attractions, epic river adventures, water playgrounds, and more! Texas Ski Ranch is another popular water park just outside of New Braunfels and perfect for anyone who loves to water ski or wakeboard! 

Day Trip from Austin - New Baunfels Schlitterbahn

Landa Park: I remember visiting Landa Park when I was a kid! Besides swimming in the Landa Park Aquatic Complex, they also have a golf course, mini-golf, paddle boats, a miniature train ride, playgrounds, and more!

Natural Bridge Caverns: A short drive west of New Braunfels lies Natural Bridge Caverns. There are several different tours to choose from, of varying activity and adventure levels. 

Natural Bridge Caverns - Hill Country Weekend Road Trip Destination

Visit a Museum: New Braunfels has many great museums that are worth checking out on a weekend road trip:

Visit a Local Draft Brewery: Enjoy some craft beer at one of New Braunfels’ three breweries: New Braunfels Brewing Company, Faust Hotel and Brewing Company, and Guadalupe Brewing Company.

Enjoy a Glass of Texas-Style Wine: If beer isn’t your thing, then visit one of the New Braunfels-based wineries/tastings rooms instead: The Vineyard at Gruene, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, and The Grapevine in Gruene’s.

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While New Braunfels has many hotels, motels, and inns that are great options to stay in while visiting the town, I personally would recommend one of these awesome Airbnb stays

San Marcos, TX

A college town between New Braunfels and Austin, San Marcos has a ton of great outdoor activities to offer! 

Hill Country Weekend Road Trip - San Marcos Texas
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Walking Tour of San Marcos Public Art: Check out all the cool street art San Marcos has with this self-guided tour! Right now, they’re also offering a virtual tour during COVID-19. 

San Marcos River:  The San Marcos River runs right through the center of town. It can be enjoyed year-round because it’s always 72 degrees! You can rent a tube, kayak, or paddleboard.

San Marcos River - things to do

San Marcos Outlet Malls:  If you want to do some shopping, then the San Marcos Outlet Malls is the place for you! With over 200 outlet stores like Gucci, Kate Spade, and West Elm, you can shop till you drop AND save some money! 

Wimberley, TX

Wimberley is one of my personal favorite Hill Country destinations to visit, especially for a weekend road trip!

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Blue Hole Regional Park: One of my favorite swimming holes in the Hill Country, Blue Hole Regional Park is a must-see when visiting Wimberley! 

Explore The Square: There are plenty of shops and galleries along the main square in downtown Wimberley. Check out this list for the best shopping.

Hike Old Baldy: If you can brave the 218 rock steps to the top of Old Baldy, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of Wimberley and the Texas Hill Country!

old baldy park wimberley

Jacob’s Well: Another hugely popular swimming hole in the area, Jacob’s Well is over 100 feet deep! You can jump from rocks or even scuba dive — but at your own risk, it can be dangerous!

Grab a Drink: Like many of the Hill Country road trip destinations on this list, Wimberley also has a great winery and craft beer scene! Go for a wine tasting at Wimberley Valley Winery.  If you prefer beer, try Middleton Brewing or Roughhouse Brewing. Wimberley even has a rum distillery — Cypress Creek Reserve!

Wimberley Zipline: If you’re up for an adventure in Wimberley, check out the Zipline Adventure! The tour is about 2 hours and includes 10 ziplines! 

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Wimberley has a couple of hotels like Creekhaven Inn and Hotel Flora and Fauna, but I recommend checking out these unique stays:

Blanco, TX

Blanco, TX is a quaint little Hill Country town located 45 miles west of Austin. In addition to being the “Lavender Capital of Texas,” the beautiful Blanco River runs through it!

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Blanco State Park: Situated along the Blanco River on the southern edge of Blanco, Blanco State Park features camping, swimming, tubing, and nature trails!

Blanco State Park

Buggy Barn Museum: Check out one of the largest buggies, carriages, and wagons collections in the United States at Blanco’s Buggy Barn Museum. It includes vehicles that were used in movies like  Lonesome Dove, Gone With The Wind, and There Will Be Blood.

Vaaler Creek Golf Club: If you enjoy golf, play a round at Vaaler Creek Golf Club which was voted the #1 Golf Course in the Texas Hill Country by Golf Now! 

Dripping Springs, TX + Driftwood, TX

Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” Dripping Springs is home to amazing natural wonders, lots of history, and tons of wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries. It’s a perfect destination for a Hill Country weekend road trip!

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Hamilton Pool: Another beautiful swimming hole in the Hill Country, Hamilton Pool is definitely worth a visit! Note: You are required to make reservations ahead of time.

Wine Tour: It’s no secret, the Texas Hill Country has great wine, and Dripping Springs is no exception! 

Hill Country Weekend road trip - visiting winery

Pedernales Falls State Park: Another great outdoor activity near Dripping Springs is exploring Pedernales Falls State Park!

Pedernales Falls State Park - Hill Country

Shop the Historic District: As you walk down Historic Mercer Street, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time! Many of the buildings were originally built between 1870 – 1940. Check out this list of places to shop in Dripping Springs. 

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Unique places to stay near Dripping Springs, Texas on a Hill Country Weekend Getaway: 

Road Trip: Georgetown to Waco

This road trip hits some great towns north of Austin, Texas, including  Georgetown, Salado, and Waco! Below are the top things to see and do in each location + recommendations on where to stay.

Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip: Georgetown to Waco

Georgetown, TX

Located 30 miles north of Austin, Georgetown, TX is a quaint little Hill Country town with plenty of things to see and to do!  

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Georgetown Square: Known as the most beautiful town square in Texas, strolling along Georgetown Square is a must! Do some shopping, dine at a highly rated restaurant, or just take in all the historic buildings along the square. 

Georgetown Downtown Square

If you happen to visit during the Holidays, the square is lit up beautifully! Be sure to also check out the Historic Williamson County Courthouse.

Georgetown Square lit up at Christmas

Georgetown Murals: Georgetown has a lot of great murals! This Poppy one and the Greetings from Georgetown mural (above) are located on Gus’s Drug store. Other ones can be found around town and near the main square. 

Jackrabbit Mural Georgetown

Lake Georgetown: There are 3 different boat ramps and 26 miles of hiking around Lake Georgetown. You can boat, fish, kayak, and more on this 1,200-acre lake! 

Inner Space Cavern: One of the best-preserved caves in Texas, Inner Space Caverns (photo below from their Facebook page) is estimated to be around 20-25 million years old! There are three different tours you can book, all are sure to amaze! 

Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown TX

Nathaniel’s Custom Hats: Channel your inner cowboy and get a custom-fitted hat at Nathaniel’s Custom Hats!

Nathaniel's Custom Hats Georgetown Texas

The Georgetown Palace Theatre: See a show at The Palace Theatre, a historic theater that is part of the Williamson County Courthouse Historic District. 

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Salado, TX

A quaint small town between Austin and Waco, Salado, TX is a great place for a quiet getaway. It has a surprising amount of art galleries and is definitely worth a stop on a Hill Country weekend trip!

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Sugar Shack Candy Store: Located right across the street from Stagecoach Inn, the Sugar Shack Candy Store is a cute old-time candy shop! 

candy store in Salado - things to do

Salado Glassworks: Ever wanted to try glass blowing? Then head to Salado Glassworks, they host “Blow Your Own” events where you can try your hand at glass blowing! 

Salado Winery: The Salado Winery brings you “The ‘Texiest’ wines around”! They are a small family-owned vineyard and winery. They are open for tastings everyday from 12 pm – 6 PM!

Salado Winery in Salado, TX
Things to do in Salado Winery

Explore Royal Street District: You can find some great art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques in the Royal Street District in Salado!

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Stagecoach Inn Salado: Recently redone, The Stagecoach Inn is a great place to stay in between Austin and Waco. Read all about staying at this historic hotel here.

Staying at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, TX

Waco, TX

Technically a little North of the Hill Country, Waco, TX is still a great destination for a weekend road trip! It has lots of history, great places to eat and drink, plus some awesome street art!

Hill Country Road Trip Stop - Waco Town Mural
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Magnolia Market: One of the most popular things in Waco, The Magnolia Market at Silos is a must! Do a little shopping, grab a bite to eat, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Go Mural Hunting: Waco has a ton of great street art and murals. Wander around town and find some of the best

City with a Soul Mural - Waco
Greetings from Waco, TX Mural

Enjoy a Craft Brew: Waco is home to several great breweries! Some favorites include Brotherwell Brewing, Southern Roots Brewing Co, Bare Arms Brewing, and Waco Ale Company.

Waco Hippodrome Theatre: Built in 1914, this historic theater is a great place for live music, comedy, and more!

Hill Country Weekend Road Trip stop - Hippodrome theater

Learn Some History: Waco has several great museums and historic sites! If you want to learn a little something on a Hill Country weekend road trip, give these places a visit:

Cameron Park: Situated on the Brazos River, Cameron Park is the second-largest inner-city park in the US! It has over 15 miles of hiking and bike trails, playgrounds and splash pads, the Cameron Park Zoo, and lots of places for scenic picnics!

Cameron Park - Waco Weekend Things to do

Spice Village: A restored warehouse on 2nd Street and Franklin Avenue, Spice Village has over 60 great shops and restaurants!

Spice Village in Waco

Waco Suspension Bridge: The Waco Suspension Bridge was completed in 1870 and is the oldest suspension bridge in Texas! It is definitely worth checking out, even just for a quick photo opp.

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Waco has some of the cutest Airbnbs I’ve ever seen! You can even stay in homes that were on Fixer Upper! See a full list HERE.

Road Trip: Hill Country Highland Lakes

Take a weekend trip northwest of Austin to the Highland Lakes, which is made up of Lake Austin, Lake Travis, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, Inks Lake, and Lake Buchanan. There are tons of great outdoorsy things to do in this part of the Texas Hill Country, which is why it makes a great weekend road trip destination! 

Highland Lakes Texas Hill Country Weekend Road Trip

Spicewood, TX

Located between Austin and Marble Falls, Spicewood is home to some incredible outdoor activities like Krause Springs and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours, plus it has a couple of wineries too!

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Cypress Valley: Cypress Valley Canopy Tours offers awesome zip lining tours among the trees!  Tours last from 90 minutes to 2 hours and include 5 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, and a rappel. (photo below from their Facebook)

Krause Springs: Krause Springs is a beautiful camping site and swimming hole located in the heart of Spicewood! There are over 32 springs on the 115-acre property. 

Pace Bend Park: A popular camping spot, Pace Bend Park has cliffs overlooking Lake Travis and is also a favored place to swim, fish, and picnic!

Marble Falls + Horseshoe Bay

Marble Falls is a cute small town located about an hour outside of Austin with lots of activities for outdoor enthusiasts and it has a great food scene! 

- What to Do -

Visit the famous Blue Bonnet Cafe:  Blue Bonnet Cafe is a local institution! They serve homestyle America meals, have amazing pies, and serve breakfast all day! 

Visit a Brewery: Marble Falls has several cool breweries in town and around the area.

Bear King Brewery - Marble Falls Road Trip

Sweet Berry Farms: Pick your own produce at Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls! Check their website for more information and what’s in season.

Go Golfing: If you’re a golfing fan, check out some of the courses at Horseshoe Bay Resort, it was “named part of the ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America‘ by Golf Magazine.”

Hidden Falls Adventure Park: This Adventure Park is a rugged trail park for off-roading vehicles. They have dirt bikes, ATV/UTVs, and full-size vehicle trails!

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Inks Lake + Burnet + Lake Buchanan

North of Marble Falls lies Burnet and Inks Lake. Travel a little further Northwest and you’ll find yourself in Lake Buchanan. Like most destinations in the Highland Lakes, there is no shortage of things to do outdoors… And of course, some wineries! 

Longhorn State Park Hill Country Overlook
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A Day on the Lake: Whether you want to rent a boat, do some swimming, or try your luck at fishing, Inks Lake and Lake Buchanan are both great choices!

Longhorn Cavern State Park: Nicknamed the National Cave of Texas, Longhorn Cavern State Park is definitely worth a stop! Entry to the park grounds is free, but to enter the cavern you have to pay for a guided tour.

Visit a Winery: The Highland Lakes Area has a lot of great wineries to visit! These are located near Buchanan Lake and Burnet:

Lakeway + Lake Travis

Probably one of the most well known + popular of the Highland Lakes is Lake Travis. Less than an hour from Austin, the Lake Travis and Lakeway area are great for both a day trip and Hill Country weekend getaway!

Day Trip from Austin - Lake Travis
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Rent a Boat: Spend a day out on Lake Travis! Don’t have a boat? You can rent one or even hire someone to take you out for the day!

Lake Travis Boat - Hill Country Weekend

Lake Travis Zipline Adventure: Feeling dare devilish? Book a tour at Lake Travis Zipline Adventure

Visit a Winery:  There are so many wineries in the Highland Lakes, check out these in the Lake Travis and Lakeway area:

Flat Creek Estate Winery near Lake Travis

Catch a Sunset at The Oasis: The Oasis is one of my favorite places to eat in Austin, mostly for the view! Go at sunset and have a margarita for the ultimate Lake Travis experience!

Visit a Waterpark: Lake Travis has 4 water parks in the area, great for families!

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Lake Travis has some seriously beautiful hotel properties! I personally love staying at Lakeway Resort and Spa, but Vintage Villas and Miraval Austin (luxury option) are also good options!

You can also find some pretty amazing Airbnbs to rent! Check out this list of best Airbnb rentals on Lake Travis.

5 Hill Country Weekend Road Trips

There ya have it, 5 Hill Country Weekend Road Trips Itineraries… Whew, that was a lot! I hope this helps you plan your next weekend getaway! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or DM me on Instagram.

xx Chels

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