Now that we are able to emerge from our homes without being scorched, fall is the perfect season to go exploring in Texas. Here, quick day trips from Austin to take now.
For the Nature Lover: Vanderpool, TX
Get a little taste of New England's famouse fall foliage with a trip to Lost Maples State Natural Area. Check out their "foliage report" before heading over to experience the park's vibrant Uvalde bigtooth maples, 10 miles of trails (some along a 2,200-foot cliff), abundant wildlife, and excellent stargazing sites.
For the Gourmand: Driftwood, TX
Culinary and vino connoisseurs will appreciate a quick excursion out to Driftwood where an abundance of charming wineries and eateries await. Start at Duchman Winery, a beautiful Tuscan-style villa featuring award-winning wines made from Texas grapes, and continue your day of tastings with a stop at the oak-shaded Salt Lick Cellars. Work up an appetite and cap off your trip with delicious barbecue next door at The Salt Lick BBQ.
For the Curious Minds: Johnson City, TX
If a family-friendly trip is in order, check out Johnson City to explore Hill Country Science Mill. This science center houses a converted feed mill from 1880, and fascinating exhibits that include everything from a virtual human body and giant kinetic sculptures to a piano made of bananas. Afterward, continue the educational tour at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site to view relics from the Johnson presidency, and a variety of animals, including buffalos and the official Texas longhorn herd.
For the Prideful Texan: Lockhart, TX
Get in touch with your inner Texan, and spend a day enjoying the typical Texas experiences like barbecue and gun-shooting with a quick trip to Lockhart. Indulge in some of the tastiest smoked meats around at spots like Black's Barbecue, Kreuz Market, and Smitty’s Market, and spend a few hours working on your sharp shooting at Lone Star Gun Range.
For Apple Lovers: Hill Country
There might not be a variety of options to go apple picking near Austin, but adults can enjoy the grown-up version of that quintessential fall activity with an easy getaway to Argus Cidery. Here, visitors can sample classic ciders (the ginger perry is a favorite), and see new concotions at the cidery's tasting room.
For a Dose of Culture & History: San Antonio, TX
We may have a fierce taco rivalry with our southern neighbors, but San Antonio offers an excellent destination for a cultural escape. Check The Alamo off your bucket list, partake in the colorful celebrations for Dia de los Muertos, sample fruit-infused tequila and Mexican tapas at The Fruteria, or simply take in the cooler temperatures with a leisurely stroll along the outdoor Riverwalk.