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Scavenger Hunt in the Texas Hill Country: Top 10 Travel Destinations

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Living in a state that is west to east 762 miles, road trips are a way of life. If you’re looking for a little windshield time, consider these top ten travel destinations of the Texas Hill Country, ranked by city population, smallest to largest.

Bandera (population 873) is the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of Texas. Don’t let the small size fool you: dude ranches, living legends, and dressed fleas entertain tourists from far and wide each year.

Friday night bingo at VFW gets exciting in Wimberley (with 2,983 residents). Stay in town, near shopping or rental a romantic cabin in the hills.

Texas Friday night

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Marble Falls (population 6,317) has stunning Lake LBJ for daytime fun and a spooky curiosity from Civil War times called Dead Man’s Hole. Look for it if you dare!

If you travel to Fredericksburg (with a population of 11,382), visit a few local wineries and take a little extra time to see the World’s Largest Cap Gun Collection at 300 Trois Ln.

Outside Fredericksburg


Support the Boerne (14,725 population) Thrift Store of Benedictine Sisters after driving onsite at their beautiful hilltop retreat, then take a food tour through downtown.

Kerrville (population of 23,434) boasts a Texas-shaped pool at the Holiday Inn Express – bonus points if you spend the night there and swim in it!

In San Marcos (with a population of 60,684), treat yourself to Snowyn at Teapioca Lounge after exploring nature through daily glass bottom boat tours.

The Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels (73,959 population) commemorated their title of the World’s Largest Convenience Store with a giant Bronze Beaver. Take a selfie, then kick up your heels to live music at Gruene Hall.

Learn the about the life and times of Susanna Dickinson, one of few American survivors at the Battle of the Alamo, at the museum dedicated to her in Austin (966,860 population), and while you’re there, go to the HOPE Outdoor Gallery graffiti park.

Conduct a search for animal history while enjoying San Antonio (population 1,492,510); find the 1968 gift to the City from West Berlin, Germany (the Berlin Bear), as well as the Grave of Pat the Horse at Fort Sam Houston.

Happy Trails!