The Texas Hill Country, a swath of the state’s southwest and central regions where limestone cliffs jut out over sparkling lakes and spring fields replete with wildflowers, offers as many cultural and historical treasures as picturesque landscapes.
Settlers in this region of Texas included a large contingent of Germans who moved here starting in the 1830s, and you can still witness their influence throughout towns such as New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, where a plate of warm schnitzel is served in the traditional style, and those original settlers’ “Sunday haus” cabins have been converted into bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
The Hill Country provides a more relaxed, subdued counterpoint to San Antonio’s vibrant Tex-Mex explosion, and a visit here is a great way to round out your Texas itinerary.
Explore history and arts in Fredericksburg
Begin your Hill Country day trip in Fredericksburg, one of the most well-known towns in the region. A stroll down Main Street includes antique shops, wine-tasting rooms and art galleries. If you’re there on the first Friday of the month, check out the First Friday Art Walk, when galleries stay open late and visitors can meet local artists and enjoy locally made treats and wines from area vineyards.
A Fredericksburg itinerary should include the National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated to the 2 million men and women who served in World War II alongside the Fredericksburg native son Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who led them to victory in the Pacific theater. The country’s only museum dedicated to the Pacific theater offers immersive exhibits that put visitors in the middle of the action, including a spine-tingling multimedia re-creation of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.