Hustle and bustle can be nice every once in a while, but sometimes we all need a break. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, Austin can become overwhelming at times. Thankfully, there are still some slow-paced small towns near the capital city that know how to keep life simple. These twelve towns are loaded with charm, gorgeous scenery, and friendly faces.
1. Liberty Hill
With a population of 1,608 people, it's easy to know your neighbor in Liberty Hill. This small town sits 35 miles north of downtown Austin.
2. Dripping Springs
Right in the heart of the hill country, Dripping Springs has some amazing views. This area is full of picturesque wineries and quaint fields.
Home of the annual Hogeye Festival, Elgin Texas is bursting with charm. Several blockbusters have filmed in this small town including
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Alamo, and Transformers 4.
Head south of Austin for affordable housing and small-town charm. This Austin suburb has its quirky traditions such as the annual wiener dog races.
Beginning as a small railroad stop in 1876, Hutto has blossomed into a charming city full of Texas flair.
6. Johnson City
This friendly city is famous for being President Lyndon B. Johnson's childhood home. Founded by LBJ's uncle, James Polk Johnson, this tiny town is bustling with history. Visitors can still visit LBJ's childhood home to this day.
North of San Marcos sits a town that seems frozen in time. People flock to Driftwood for some epic barbecue, delicious wine, and quiet relaxation.
Drive 40 miles north of Austin and you'll come across this little slice of paradise. The town has been around since the early 1850s. To this day, there's no view more stunning than a Florence, Texas sunset.
9. Marble Falls
Home of Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls Texas attracts visitors from all over the Austin area.
Only about 2,626 people live in Wimberley, but thousands of people visit this hill country wonderland every year. Its quaint surroundings and down-home feel will make you never want to leave.
When the holidays roll around, there's no better place to frolic than in Fredericksburg. This town began as a small German city named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Today, it's full of delicious candy shops, boutiques, and museums.
Taylor, Texas was founded in 1876 as a stop for the International–Great Northern Railroad. It's historically been a huge shopping post for grain, cotton, and cattle.
Tiny towns have some of the best diners, too. If you’re ever in Elgin, be sure to swing by
this small town restaurant.