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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 Austin


Unleash your inner German at this incredibly popular B&B-rich town with great shopping on Main Street, top restaurants, biergartens, nearby Enchanted Rock State Park, and some kind of festival nearly every weekend.

70 miles west of Austin,
Tags: family | culture | day trip


This 1870s German town, Gruene (pronounced “green”) shelters Greune Hall—the oldest dance hall in Texas, the famous Grist Mill Restaurant, and great shopping.

40 miles south of Austin,
Tags: shopping | historic | live entertainment | day trip | antiques


See the town that Willie Nelson immortalized in a song. For 100 years now, the center of town has been a general store that also functions as a post office, dance hall and bar.

80 miles west of Austin,
Tags: family | live entertainment | day trip

San Antonio

Explore the Alamo and San Antonio Missions Historical Park; shop and dine along the River Walk; enjoy city views from the Tower of the Americas and catch a Spurs game.

90 miles south of Austin,
Tags: family | historic | culture | day trip

Texas Hill Country Wineries

Most people don’t know that Texas is the second most popular wine destination in the U.S. – and that the Hill Country is its own appellation with more than 30 wineries. Hallmark varietals include Viognier and Muscat Canelli, but a day trip here is as much about the landscape – part atmospheric desert, part lush greenery – as the wines. See our Texas Hill Country Travel Guide.

25 miles from Austin,
Tags: outdoors | tour | day trip | wine


Visit Wimberley’s Pioneer Town with its 1890s buildings, including a working ice cream store, café and a wedding chapel.

40 miles southwest of Austin,
Tags: shopping | day trip | antiques

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