The Shiner Country Inn here in Shiner, TX, is an excellent hub to the Texas Hill Country. Our location is ideal for exploring all of the best cities in the area. Best of all, when you stay with us, you won’t have to worry about booking multiple stays in different destinations. Forget about the hassle of packing and unpacking each night. Book once, and get access to every location on your list to complete your Texas Hill Country road trip. We even have a fantastic Itinerary to the Texas Hill Country that outlines exactly how to spend your time traversing the area. Take the first step in planning your road trip when you get the itinerary!
The Best Cities to See on a Texas Hill Country Road Trip
Dripping Springs is home to Hamilton Pool Preserve, a breathtaking swimming hole in the Hill Country. Prepare for a 0.25-mile hike along a winding dirt trail through a serene forest. When you round the final corner, the trees part to reveal the still, crystal clear waters of the swimming hole. Part of the pool is covered by a wide, tall rock formation, in which water cascades over its ledge to form a small waterfall. It’s a scene unlike anything else, and provides the perfect outing in Dripping Springs.
Just 48-minutes from Dripping Springs, you’ll arrive in San Marcos, TX. There are endless ways you can explore this unique city.
If you love history, stop by the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. The structure itself is a vintage hanger that was built in 1942. Enter it to view a plane used in World War II, and even get the chance to go inside it.
Other fantastic attractions include a visit to Wonder World Cave & Park, where you can tour a cave created by an ancient earthquake. You’re also sure to get an adrenaline rush at the Longhorn Racing Academy driving luxury cars on a private race track.
If you prefer, choose to take it easy by floating down the San Marcos river with Texas State Tubes, or enjoy a tour of Spring Lake with Meadows Center Glass-Bottom Boat Tours.
You have to take the quick drive to Gruene as one of your road trips. It feels like an old, western town straight out of the movies.
Make sure you pack your dancing shoes, because one of the main attractions in the nearby town is Gruene Hall. Enjoy toe-tapping country music performed by some amazing local and regional artists at this fun dance hall. Even if you don’t like to dance, you can still appreciate the live music while sipping on an ice-cold beer from the bar.
But, that’s not all. Gruene is also home to The Grapevine, a beautiful wine tasting room with a gorgeous outdoor patio surrounded by old oaks. Sip on local varietals while listening to live music. This establishment is a hidden gem in the heart of the sleepy town!
One wonderful excursion you should take is a trip to Hill Country Lavender, which is a farm of rolling hills of the delicate plant. The best time to visit is from May to July!
You should also consider going to Blanco State Park. This is a great place to set up a picnic amongst the man-made falls within the Blanco River. If you want to beat the Texas heat, though, feel free to jump right in!
If you’re already in Blanco, Fredericksburg is only 40-minutes away. Go ahead and make your way over and enjoy an array of attractions from viewing the National Museum of the Pacific War to a wine tasting excursion at Lost Draw Cellars. While out exploring the Texas Hill Country, you should consider making this stop!
Everyone has heard of Austin, the state capitol of Texas! Take the drive from the hotel and enjoy a free tour of the capitol any day of the week.
Lady Bird Lake is also a fun place to view Austin’s natural landscape. Here, you can enjoy some lovely hiking trails to take advantage of the gorgeous weather in the Texas Hill Country while gazing out at the water. Or, if the water is beckoning you, you can also take a kayak tour to get in a little more exercise and view the lake from a new perspective. There is also a river cruise boat ride you can embark on to just sit back, relax, and take in the view!
Of course, you have to visit San Antonio for one of your road trips. One of the best things you can do while in the area is strolling down the San Antonio River Walk. Eclectic restaurants and shops on the quaint promenade line the San Antonio River and make for a lovely afternoon.
Dive into the history of the unique city with a trip to The Alamo, an old and intricately built former military outpost. Book a private tour for a fun, educational adventure about Texas’s fight for independence.
Another cool attraction in the area is the Japanese Tea Garden. This as a tranquil display of koi ponds, waterfalls, and year-round greenery. Shaded awnings and beautifully crafted stone bridges are woven throughout so you can see every aspect of the park.
Make the Shiner Country Inn Your Home Base
If this sounds like your ideal Texas Hill Country road trip, you need to stay at the Shiner Country Inn to make it happen! Our onsite pool is always something fun to come back to after a few hours of driving. However, you can relax even more when you retreat to your room, such as Room 2. Sprawl out on the couch and browse through free movies OnDemand to end your evening. Or, watch your selection from the comfort of your king-size bed, and feel yourself drifting to sleep.
Make the Shiner Country Inn your hub to the Texas Hill Country!