Sometimes we just need to get away and hit the open road. When adventure calls, explore some of Austin’s surrounding areas with a quick day trip. From hill country vineyards to sparkling waterfalls, there’s plenty to discover in central Texas. Get off the beaten path! These are the 10 very best day trips you can possibly take in Austin.
The hour and half drive to Waco will breeze by. Get ready to gape at ancient Mammoth bones, stroll through the park, and explore Dr. Pepper soda's rich history. If it's shopping you're looking for, search no further than Magnolia Market. This stunning store is owned by HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines. There's plenty to see and do in Waco, Texas.
Lost Maples State Park
Drive three hours west of Austin to Vanderpool, Texas. This tiny town may not have a huge population, but it's home to one of the most gorgeous state parks around. Lost Maples, located at 37221 F.M. 187, is especially stunning in the Fall. Grab your camping gear and pitch a tent under the stars. This serene setting has a way of sticking with you.
Schulenburg's Painted Churches
Schulenburg, Texas is home to some truly stunning architectural wonders. Scattered throughout the town sits several ornately decorated painted chapels. These buildings looks like they've been plucked straight from a fairy tale.
Picturesque views, delicious barbecue, and down-home music are easy to come by in Driftwood. You'll love the city's attractions, but you'll swoon over the winding hillsides. The drive to Driftwood is easily one of the most beautiful in the country. If you haven't made it out to Driftwood yet, now is the time.
Foodies from all over the region flock to Lockhart to taste some of the best barbecue in the world. This tiny town boasts of several famous BBQ joints, and you'll want to come hungry. After you finish chowing down on brisket, take a stroll through the historic city. You'll love peeking in shop windows and exploring the gorgeous courthouse building.
Not many know about the tiny fishing village in Fulton, but it's definitely worth the trip. Soak up the brilliant sunsets and taste the fresh food. You can even bring a fishing pole and see what you catch! A day trip to Fulton is the ultimate way to escape from it all.
Round Top is only an hour an a half away, but it will make you feel like you've gone back in time. This charming city blossoms with Southern charm. Taste the desserts at Royers Cafe and watch a Shakespearian play at WInedale Farm. You definitely need to take a trip to Round Top.
This majestic waterfall is other-worldly. Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs will completely relax you. Plan this day trip in advance. Reservations are typically required, and the jaw-dropping oasis fills up quickly.
Gruene, Texas is so much more than a tiny town. This little getaway will take you away to paradise. Enjoy wine in the sunshine and window shopping at boutiques. No trip to Gruene is complete, however, without a night of dancing at the historic Gruene Hall.
This small town is often over overlooked, but it's a true Texas gem. Stroll through the historic district, sip coffee at cute cafes, and soak up the slow-paced lifestyle. In the afternoon, take a visit to Blanco State Park. There, you can wade in the waterfalls and hike through clear, untouched nature.