Day Trips from Austin

Photo of Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas

We love Austin. The city’s character, local attractions, and massive selection of incredible food (do we sound hungry? Thanks to this city, we are.), are enough to make you and your honeymooning partner never want to leave. But, in the (possibly unlikely) event that you do decide to make your way outside the city, we have a few suggestions for you to consider in your extra-urban planning.

Gruene

A tiny town and historic district 45 minutes outside of Austin, this community is home to shopping, arts, and entertainment, as well as two particular places that make our out-of-town bucket list. First, the Gristmill. Fresh fish and topping-heavy hamburgers are top on the menu at this area favorite and best accompanied by one of the restaurants fresh-squeezed lime margaritas – or a legendary dessert. Post-dinner dancing at Gruene Hall, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas, is a classic way to wrap up a day in town. Acts hosted at the dance hall have included Willie Nelson and George Strait, and the venue played a key role in launching the career of Lyle Lovett, among others.

Texas Hill Country

Directly west of Austin lies some of the prettiest countryside around – the Texas Hill Country. While we could easily find contentment simply driving through this stretch of scenery, we’re all about giving purpose to your travels. Historic Fredericksburg is packed full of old-time charm and German heritage. Stroll through town or make your way through the National Museum of the Pacific War, and don’t forget to admire the area’s status as Texas’ wine country by stopping in to one of Fredericksburg’s several tasting rooms. A short drive from the town is Enchanted Rock State Recreation Area, a popular stop for outdoor enthusiasts and home to a granite boulder that covers 640 acres of land. The view from the rock’s summit is 360 degrees of spectacular.

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