A Weekend Getaway to the Texas Hill Country is a must-do! The area is filled with exciting museums, state parks, shopping and gorgeous views.
Below you will find plenty of Texas Hill Country gems that are the best places to visit in 2021.
We traveled to the Texas Hill Country in the beautiful 2021 F-150 4×4 Supercrew.
The comfy two-toned leather seats, sunroof, lane assist, and cruise control made the drive even more enjoyable. Plus having an amazing navigation system to help us find hidden gems made the road trip that much more enjoyable.
The large display screen and the 360-degree camera helped me see when parking in tight spaces.
Places to visit in the Texas Hill Country
This expansive ranch features the place where Lyndon B. Johnson was born, raised, and died. The home of the 36h president is a place for visitors to get a glimpse inside his life.
The ranch features his boyhood home, Texas White House, Air Force 1/2, and sweeping views of the Hill Country.
Pack a picnic for the family and enjoy a day exploring this fantastic park. And the best part is that it’s FREE.
Located a short drive from downtown Fredericksburg, you’ll find the massive pink granite dome. The climb is steep, but the sweeping views are worth the climb.
Reservations are required and it’s best to book 30 days in advance as they sell out quickly.
San Antonio Missions
Visit the 5 San Antonio missions to get a glimpse of the rich Texas history. The Alamo may be the most visited of all the missions, but the others are certainly worth the visit.
All of the missions are gorgeous and have sweeping grounds. The Alamo requires you to book online (tickets are free) while the other missions do not require reservations.
You can visit this park year-round, but if you wish to swim, you will need reservations starting May 1 – September 30. That allows you to have a 2-hour time block to swim.
Jacob’s Well is the 2nd largest fully submerged cave in Texas. This artesian spring stays at a cool 68 degrees year-round – making it a must-do for the hot summer months.
Old Tunnel State Park
This primitive state park is great for hiking, seeing wildlife, and viewing bats. The abandoned railroad tunnel is home to 3 million Mexica free-tailed bats. Visitors from view the bats emerging from the cave nightly from May-October.
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Enjoy a 1.5 hours walking tour of the cave. You will descend 130 feet below the surface and walk the 1.1-mile loop through the cavern.
It’s best to make reservations online because tours can sell out, especially during busy seasons/holidays. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes.
Ink Lake State Park
Just a few miles down the road from Longhorn Caver, you will find this park. It’s known for its blue waters, pink granite hills, and stunning sunsets.
It offers over 9 miles of hiking and you can also rent paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks.
You can travel the world without ever leaving Texas! Located in Ingram, you can walk around Stonehenge II. Next to the artwork is also a 13-foot replica of Easter Island head.
Pacific War Museum
The only museum that is dedicated only to the history of WWII. The museum has over 55,000 square feet that walk you through the war in the Pacific. Exhibits include Iwo Jima, Atomic Bomb, Pearl Harbor, Doolittle Raid, and everything in between.
A short walk from the museum is the Pacific Combat Zone. This outdoor exhibit provides insights into the challenges of fighting in thousands of miles of open water.
Cross Mountain Park
Located on a limestone hill, you can climb 1951 feet to the hilltop. This lookout was once used by Indians before early settlers. This is a great alternative if you are looking for a free place to hike or unable to get tickets to Enchanted Rock.
In the middle of the small town of Johnson City, you will find an innovative and cutting-edge museum. Ignite your kids’ curiosity and explore everything from a fossil dig, cell phone disco, chemical reactions, robots, giant lever and so much more.
This is always a must! You can grab a bite to eat, listen to live music, and shop in the general store.
No Texas list of things to do is complete unless you have a good Mexican restaurant on the list! This establishment is probably the most popular restaurant in all of San Antonio and for good reason!
Be prepared for long wait times, but I promise it is certainly worth it. While you wait for your table, you can stock up on the amazing Mexican pastries they sell (yes you will have to wait in another line for this.) Or shop at all the stores in the open-air market.
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