Thanks to its central location, Austin is just a short drive from a number of unique Texas Hill Country towns and attractions. The small towns within easy driving distance of Austin provide a variety of activities and attractions such as live music halls, museums, quaint shops, art galleries, water sports venues and more. Any of these towns or attractions make for a great day trip from the Capitol City for Austin area visitors and residents alike.
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Due to its location on its namesake lake and the Guadalupe River, the town of Canyon Lake proclaims to be the "Water Recreation Capital of Texas" and offers visitors numerous water and outdoor recreational opportunities as well as quick access to a number of Hill Country attractions, towns, and cities.
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Rising 425 feet above the ground (1825 feet above sea level), Enchanted Rock is one of the largest natural rock formations in the nation. Having been designated a National Natural Landmark since 1970, Enchanted Rock also has a fascinating history with the native peoples of Texas and early Texas settlers. Hiking is hands down the most popular recreational activity at Enchanted Rock State Park, but camping, birdwatching, and rock climbing are also popular activities
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One of the most popular small towns in Texas, Fredericksburg offers visitors quaint shopping and fine dining in a relaxing Hill Country atmosphere. Fredricksburg is also rich in history and is home to several events and festivals throughout the year.
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Located just outside of New Braunfels, the small village of Gruene is well known for being home to the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall. The area also features a number of good restaurants, quaint shops, river recreation and more.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Stretching over 60 miles, Lake Travis offers fishermen, sailors, and water sports enthusiasts plenty of room to spread out. Impounded in 1941, Lake Travis is located on the Colorado River, approximately 20 miles above Austin. Since filling, Lake Travis has been one of the most popular water sports destinations in the Lone Star State. Scenic, hilly shorelines and deep, clear waters afford the perfect backdrop for sailing, diving, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, water skiing and more. Fishermen also have ample opportunities on Lake Travis, with black, white and striped bass being the primary target species.
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The very spot where "floating the Guad" was invented, New Braunfels offers excellent access to Texas' famed Guadalupe River. Float tubing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing are just a few of the recreational opportunities available on this stretch of the Guadalupe.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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