Plan Your Next Central Texas Road Trip

Do you need some inspiration for planning your perfect Central Texas road trip? As the largest state in the continental U.S., Texas offers road trippers the opportunity to explore beautiful natural destinations, historic small towns and so much more. Hop in the car and hit the road to one of these unique Central Texas destinations.

Gruene/New Braunfels
Known for its rustic Texas lifestyle, this city located nearly midway between Austin and San Antonio offers visitors a wide variety of experiences. Explore Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, for a night of two-stepping and live music. Shop at one of the city’s many antique stores or grab some tasty Texas-style food. More adventurous visitors can head over to the world-famous Schlitterbahn waterpark or tube down the Guadalupe or Comal Rivers. This Central Texas gem holds something fun and exciting for everyone.

Fredericksburg
Steeped in German heritage and rich history, visitors will find no shortage of things to do in Fredericksburg. Stroll down Main Street, the heart of the town, or visit one of the city’s more than 30 wineries to taste some award-winning Texas Hill Country wine. The Urban Wineries Trail is a great option for visitors who want to experience a taste of Texas wine without leaving Main Street.

In addition to the wine country and delicious peaches, Fredericksburg also offers unique hiking. From the downtown area, take a short 18-mile trip north to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see the park’s famous, more than 400-foot, pink granite dome.

Dripping Springs
This quaint city of around 4,000 people offers visitors a wide variety of experiences to round out their road trip maps. Jump back in time with a stroll down historic Mercer Street, also known as Old Fitzhugh Road, to see storefronts dated as far back as the 1870s. A trip to the west end of the street will land visitors at the city’s beloved namesake—a series of limestone ledges decorated in lush greenery that constantly drip water into the small stream below. From food and shopping to live music, this small city is anything but sleepy.

To cool off on a hot Texas day, head 15 miles north of the downtown to Hamilton Pool. Explore the many grottos decorating this natural pool and the stunning 50-foot waterfall that feeds it. Driving from Austin to Dripping Springs is only a 25-mile trip, so it is a quick drive to spend the day outside of the city.

Brenham
What is more quintessentially Texas than Blue Bell Ice Cream? With a trip to Brenham, you can visit where this delicious ice cream is made, at the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory. Visitors can get to know this Texas staple better with a guided tour of the factory. After you have had your fill of sweet treats, head over to Downtown Brenham to explore some of the unique artwork and murals decorating the city. Located about 70 miles from Houston, 90 miles from Austin and 150 miles from San Antonio, this Texas icon makes for the perfect addition to your itinerary.

Other notable Central Texas destinations include:

  • Jacob’s Well (located in Wimberly, 70 miles from San Antonio and 35 miles from Austin)
  • Cascade Caverns (just off Interstate 10 about 30 miles north of San Antonio)
  • Cave Without A Name (42 miles north of San Antonio off Interstate 10)

Does your idea of the perfect Texas road trip include stopping at every local BBQ spot you see, diving into the crystal-clear waters of a natural swimming hole or exploring a historic downtown? Central Texas is the spot for you. Explore available Perry Homes properties in Austin and San Antonio to find your new home.