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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from San Antonio


German traditions from Oktoberfest to Advent markets still feature in this top Teutonic spot. Attractions include the Museum of the Pacific War and the nearby Enchanted Rock State Park, a granite mecca for climbers.

70 miles north of San Antonio, TX, 830-997-6523,
Tags: culture | history | day trip | climbing

Hill Country

San Antonio’s northern hems brush the slopes of Hill Country. Spring’s wildflowers add to the allure of this slow-paced, old-fashioned, German-influenced, 52-town region, but restaurants and shopping have year-around appeal. Don't miss the region's more than 30 wineries, which turn out top-notch bottles and constitute the country's second most popular wine destination. See our Texas Hill Country Travel Guide.

15 miles north of San Antonio, TX,
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | day trip | wine tasting

New Braunfels

The adventurous should specifically hone in on Hill Country-town New Braunfels for river tubing, lake swimming, and parasailing. River outfitters, wineries, and golf clubs also dot the landscape.

33 miles northeast of San Antonio, TX, 830-625-2385,
Tags: family | water sports | outdoors | day trip

San Marcos

A convenient halfway stop between San Antonio and Austin, San Marcos is LBJ’s old college town. Go with the flow tubing or kayaking down San Marcos River or make a splash at the outlet malls.

50 miles northeast of San Antonio, TX,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

The Northern Lakes

Meandering bluebonnet-dotted rural roads wind through a pleasing scatter of lakes; Lake Marble Falls, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, Inks Lake, and Lake Buchanan. The quaint town of Marble Falls makes a good lunch stop.

87 miles north of San Antonio, TX, 830-693-2815,
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | day trip

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