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Road Trip! Tubing, Touring Bluebonnets, and Tasty Texas BBQ

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It’s getting to look a lot like springtime in Texas, which means bluebonnets, river sitting, and getting hungry! If you are looking for a way to incorporate all three of these things into one road trip, let us route your path! Here are three ways to take advantage of the Hill Country splendors known as tubing, wildflowers, and BBQ. Be sure to bring cash!

Get yourself to Mason, then set the GPS for Junction. This beautiful drive along Highway 377 is 44 miles long and has historically hosted some of the most incredible flower displays you will ever see. Coupled with the naturally occurring pink granite of the area (think Enchanted Rock), the pastels pop! Upon arrival in Junction, head just to the outside of town to the South Llano River State Park. The spring-fed river is truly gorgeous; the daily fee is $5 and free for children 12 years old and under. Once the stomach rumbles begin, load up all your gear and head to Lum’s. A favorite of many, enjoy the slow cooked BBQ with a Big Red, and say thanks to the Lumbley family who have operated Lum’s since it opened in 1976.

Road Trip! Tubing, Touring Bluebonnets, and Tasty Texas BBQ

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Need to begin in San Antonio? Once the median on Interstate 10 West gives way from concrete barricades to grass, relish in the efforts of Lady Bird Johnson. Her 1965 launch of the Highway Beautification Act has made this area a cornucopia of blue, red, yellow, pink, and white. Pull off in Boerne for BBQ from Klein Smokehaus. A take-out only establishment, the brisket, pulled pork, and broccoli slaw will knock your socks off! After loading up the cooler, get back to I-10 and drive to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. With a developed water sports area and local guides, this park has been a public hit since it was built in the 1930s by the CCC.

Road Trip! Tubing, Touring Bluebonnets, and Tasty Texas BBQ

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For the last version, eat BBQ first at Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Everyone has their favorite in this town, but dining at this cathedral of meat will get you closer to tubing. Consider arriving in your swimsuit so you won’t have to stuff yourself in it after stuffing your stomach here! After waddling to the car, drive to San Marcos, with 30 miles of bluebonnet glory, and tube the cool San Marcos River with the Lions Club Tube Rental and River Shuttle Service, which began tube rentals during the 1970s, now donating to over 100 charities. Feed your eyes, stomach, and sweats with Hill Country bluebonnets, BBQ, and tubing!