The Hill Country Sights

The Hill Country encompasses the region west and southwest of Austin and north of San Antonio. The distance between these two gateway cities is 60 mi. Interstate 35 marks the eastern border, while San Antonio's State Loop 1604 notes the southern limit. The northern border is ambiguous, but generally includes everything south of Lake Buchanan and along Highway 29. The western border is also open

to interpretation, but is best followed along U.S. 83 from Junction to Uvalde.

Along the many winding roads of these boundaries are the fabled music towns of Luckenbach and Gruene, the tourist draws of Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, and Boerne, and a few best-kept secrets sprinkled in between: Comfort, Mason, and Wimberley, to name a few.

Fredericksburg is the number-one tourist draw, so we start our coverage there. It's also easily accessed from both Austin and San Antonio.

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Longhorn Caverns

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Formed over thousands of years from water cutting and dissolving limestone bedrock, Longhorn Caverns are a fantastic exhibit of Texas...

Lost Maples State Park

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Once you get to Medina, you're slowly slipping farther from civilization and into the Western frontier. But if you can get comfortable...

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

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History buffs will enjoy wandering through the rooms of LBJ's boyhood home in Johnson City, where every effort has been made to restore...

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and the LBJ Ranch

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It's easy to feel confused, but the state park and the national park are technically separate entities that operate in conjunction with...

Moye Retreat Center

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The Sisters of Divine Providence, an order from France, were the first residents of this 1873 convent. Later it was used as a school...

Natural Bridge Caverns

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Guides will take you on an incredible journey underground at the largest known cavern in Texas, which has a half-mile of paved trails.

St. Louis Day Church Festival

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Every August the town celebrates the St. Louis Day Church Festival, beginning with a mass in St. Louis Catholic Church, and including...

The Museum of Western Art

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Dedicated to preserving the authenticity of Western American heritage, the museum not only showcases Western art from past and present...

The National Museum of the Pacific War

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Dedicated solely to telling the story of the Pacific battles of World War II, this museum is the only one of its kind in the nation,...

Wildseed Farms

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If you're heading west on Highway 290 to Fredericksburg from Johnson City, you'll inevitably note a large, expansive spread of land flush...

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