The Texas Hill Country - It's Like a Whole Other State!
The Texas Hill Country can no longer be considered one of the nations' biggest "hidden" secrets. This spectacular area welcomes over five million visitors a year. Still, only a small percentage of people are lucky enough to discover such a beautiful countryside within a genuine "down to earth" community. The picturesque landscapes are more than enough to make even the most seasoned Hollywood photographers jealous! All travelers, both seasoned and beginners, leave with a once in a lifetime experience that can only be found in the Hill Country of Texas.
Made up of a vibrant community of over 36 cities/areas, the Texas Hill Country offers a variety of beautiful rugged hills and romantic sunsets. The mild winters and warm summers make it a viable year round vacation destination for everyone.
What Makes the Hill Country So Spectacular?
The New York Times Travel section says the Hill Country is "Texas at its finest — is like nowhere else in the world". Here's the entire article: 36 Hours in Texas Hill Country.
Imagine a place where crystal clear streams and towering oak and cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. Add to the beauty a place where visitors are always greeted by a friendly "howdy y'all" and you have found the wonder of the region. It's a little slice of heaven offering breathtaking beauty and a relaxing atmosphere. The Hill Country is truly just like a whole other state.
It's easy to see why people keep coming back again and again. The area offers unparalleled diversity. In the spring, roadsides and open fields are dotted with colorful wildflowers, from the Indian Paintbrush to the state flower, the Bluebonnet. Autumn brings vibrant reds, oranges and yellows as leaves announce the start of a new season. Summer is a time for tubing down the river, boating on one of the many area lakes or enjoying an outdoor barbecue. Winter is mild with a touch of cool air, ideal for viewing the thousands of Christmas lights that residents display.
Seasonal fruit, peaches from the Fredericksburg area and Medina apples represent the array of mouth-watering produce grown in the area. Stop at a roadside stand for a taste. Abundant wildlife such as white-tailed deer, mockingbirds and armadillos make their home among the hills and offer a glimpse of nature.
Beyond the breathtaking views, you might be surprised at the amount fun to be had in the Hill Country. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy plenty of hunting, hiking, river rafting, and even cave exploration! A quick visit to Burnett County will give you the opportunity to explore the Longhorn Caverns. These caverns were developed naturally by an underground river and were once home to the Comanche Indians. Several guided tours are offered here which includes a midnight paranormal tour. Of course this is not for the faint of heart as visibility during this time can reach near zero!
For those of you looking for more of an "above ground" adventure, you can try your hand at zip lining. Yes, the Hill Country offers an enormous variety of zip line tours which range from 100 to 900 ft long; all suspended over 100 ft in the air!
Even better, for those looking to make a summer "splash", is the huge selection of water activities that can be found throughout the country. The landscape is literally littered with popular lakes (Canyon Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Travis, Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake Medina) and rivers (Guadalupe River, Frio River, Llano River, Pedernales River, Comal River, Blanco River).
Beyond the plethora of outdoor activities, what really sets Hill Country apart is its exotic blend of Czech, Spanish, Swiss, German, and Austrian cultures. This mixture brings with it a wide array of music, food, and of course a lifestyle that can only be compared to a dream. It is no wonder then why Hill Country, Texas was named by the New York Times as the #1 pick for summer vacations!
If you're still looking for your next travel destination then look no further than the Texas Hill Country. But just a quick warning: "Once you visit, you may not want to leave!
You'll Want to Visit All the Great Hill Country Cities/Areas
Hill Country | Bandera | Blanco | Boerne | Buchanan Dam | Burnet | Canyon Lake | Comfort | Concan | Fredericksburg | Frio River/Canyon | Gruene | Guadalupe River | Highland Lakes | Horseshoe Bay | Hunt | Ingram | Johnson City | Junction | Kerrville | Kingsland | Lake Buchanan | Lake LBJ | Lake Medina | Lake Travis |Lakeway | Leakey | Llano | Lost Maples Area | Marble Falls | Mason | New Braunfels | San Marcos | Spicewood | Utopia | Vanderpool | Wimberley