Texas Hill Country

Jason Varney
Centrally located Fredericksburg – about 70 miles from both San Antonio and Austin – anchors Hill Country’s cities and towns, but most of the area’s small towns claim their own charms. No matter the home base, you’ll want a car to explore the region, as many of its prime attractions are the namesake hills and seasonal smattering of wildflowers (in spring).

Texas Hill Country Cities and Regions


Built by German settlers in 1846, Fredericksburg still clings to the old country with locally made German-style suds, a robust annual Oktoberfest, and even the occasional guten tag greeting. Stroll the residential neighborhoods to spot classic, timber-framed fachwerk (timber and stone) houses and Victorian-era cottages.


Most well known as the home of the Salt Lick (a barbecue joint with fiercely loyal customers), Driftwood also claims a handful of wineries and provides easy Hill Country access for Austinites looking to flee the city.


Natural attractions draw visitors to Burnet, where the 30-mile-wide Lake Buchanan, Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, and Inks Lake State Park are all less than 15 miles away.

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