We all know Texas is big, there’s even apparel that tells you so! But if you’ve ever attempted any road trips that venture outside of Texas you know exactly just how big Texas is. In fact, Texas runs an impressive 268,597 miles. So going anywhere in Texas could be considered a road trip in and of itself, especially if you have to take I-35 to get there.
Give or take an hour outside of Austin you’ll find hidden towns that will have you itching to explore every inch of Texas. Towns where southern hospitality, good food, history, community, and landscape make you remember why you love Texas.
Here are 5 must see road trips every Austinite needs to take!
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The whimsical small town of Wimberley will charm you. The town’s motto is “A nice place to visit… a great place to live.” It’s not hard to imagine the allure of living in a town like Wimberley as it’s very picturesque. In fact, Wimberley is so charming, a few movies have actually been filmed there.
Wimberley really is a hidden gem. It’s a quirky town full of southern charm surrounded by the beauty of Texas Hill Country. We loved our visit there and we know you will too!
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When you need to escape the stresses of city life, you need only drive about 20 miles outside the city center to the delightful destination that is Dripping Springs. Known as the Gateway to the Hill Country, Dripping, as many of us regulars refer to it, is home to spectacular natural wonders, a plethora of vineyards, craft breweries, local distilleries, and so much more!
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Lockhart has several claims to fame. In 1999, the Texas Legislature proclaimed Lockhart the “Barbecue Capital of Texas” so make sure you snag some from one of the four major barbecue restaurants while you’re there. The Caldwell County Courthouse is absolutely stunning and you may recognize it from being featured in various TV shows and films. Some of those including Waiting for Guffman, Eating Gilbert Grape, The Faculty, Where the Heart Is, Lone Star State of Mind, Temple Grandin and Transformers. But one of the most popular one remains the HBO series “The Leftovers.” Lockhart is the perfect town for everyone from the TV enthusiast to a foodie.
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Round Top might be known for its antique shows, but this town has plenty more hidden gems. With a population of 90 this small town IS actually small. But don’t be fooled – you might need more than a day trip to see everything this town has to offer.
This stretch of land in northern Fayette County didn’t always go by “Round Top.” Originally known as “Townsend,” people remembered the town for the round-topped tower that served as the post office in the mid-1800s (which could be seen from miles away). Because we southerners love our nicknames, it stuck. By 1850, they became officially known as Round Top, Texas.
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This picturesque town is located just 45 minutes from Austin in a still-rural section of eastern Bastrop County. Smithville has its own municipal airport, some of the finest city parks, recognizable filming locations, and, most importantly, the friendliest people. Situated between Austin and Houston, it’s the perfect place for a pit stop. Some of you might even recognize Smithville from a little movie called Hope Floats!
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