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Take advantage of San Antonio's close proximity to dozens of historic small towns with personalities all their own. The Texas Hill Country begins just minutes from downtown San Antonio, so take a drive through the region's charming towns, stopping to eat, shop and play. It's a major outdoor recreational area as well as a rapidly growing wine region.

Estimated Drive Time: 30 Minutes

Castroville, 25 miles

ECHOES OF ALSATIAN HISTORY: Visit the Little Alsace of Texas—Castroville—a charming and historically unique town of about 3,000 people west of San Antonio on Highway 90. Established in 1844 by French Alsatian colonists, Castroville has significant architecture, like the Steinbach House, pictured at left, originally built in France and dating back to the early 1600s. Enjoy the historical walking tour, great restaurants and wonderful shops.
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Boerne, 30 miles

AT ONE WITH NATURE: Be awakened by nature in Boerne, and teach your kids the value of Earth preservation with a day at the Cibolo Nature Center. Families can learn hands-on about the Texas landscape and its unique climate at the center’s 100 acres of Hill Country wilderness. Once a plot of abandoned land, Cibolo Nature Center is now restored to its natural beauty as a haven for four ecosystems and a dynamite site for bird watching. The Boerne Birders set out for sightings from the center monthly, so don’t forget your binoculars.
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New Braunfels, 35 miles

OLD-WORLD CHARM: On the banks of the Guadalupe River, the city of New Braunfels overflows with old-world heritage and small town charm. You’ll find world-famous tourist attractions like the Natural Bridge Caverns and Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, as well as Schlitterbahn, the country's number one waterpark.
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Estimated Drive Time: 45 Minutes

Poteet, 30 miles

CELEBRATING THE STRAWBERRY: Feed your sweet tooth with a flavorful experience at the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival in April, where you can get your fill of dessert, rodeo thrills and live entertainment. This small town produces big fruit—after all, it is the “Strawberry Capital of Texas” and home to the world’s largest strawberry sculpture. The area is also responsible for growing 40 percent of the state’s strawberries. Unwind and familiarize yourself with the hospitality of Poteet, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the home of Strawberry Shortcake.
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Gruene, 35 miles

ARTS & CRAFTS FILL THE STREETS: Take in a day of art and culture in the historic town of Gruene at its monthly Gruene Market Days, a juried art show incorporating mediums from painting to sculpture. You can also browse the displays of up to 100 artisans and craftsmen. Downtown Gruene comes alive with music and authentic German cuisine, an ode to the heritage of this European-influenced small town. As the sun sets, the lights come up in the Gruene Dance Hall, the state’s oldest dance venue that’s sure to entertain with foot-tapping tunes and rug-cutting jams steeped in a rich country and Tejano music tradition.
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Pleasanton, 35 miles

COWBOY HOMECOMING: Pleasanton is located south of San Antonio. Known as "the Birthplace of the Cowboy," Pleasanton is also called "the land of the live oaks and friendly folks." Among the events held annually is the Cowboy Homecoming at the end of each summer.
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Seguin, 35 miles

SHOPPING IN A HISTORICAL SQUARE: Seguin’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and delightful shops adorn the city streets. Group tour packages are available for day trips.
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Estimated Drive Time: One Hour

Canyon Lake, 45 miles

ALL THE COMFORTS OF THE COUNTRY: Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River provide a tranquil and beautiful experience with cool, refreshing waters, friendly folks, tasty food, spectacular sunsets and all the comforts of the country.
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Hondo, 45 miles

BROWSING NOSTALGIC SHOPS: West of San Antonio, Hondo’s beautiful parks include a brand new state-of-the-art skate park. Shop in nostalgic historical buildings and find that the shopkeepers and townspeople are as friendly as they come.
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Bandera, 50 miles

COWBOY FOR A DAY: Treat your rugged side to a taste of the wild, wild West with a day on a dude ranch. All summer long, Bandera offers daily horseback riding and trail hikes through the beautiful Hill Country and rodeo shows every night at Twin Elm Guest Ranch and Friday nights at BR Lightning Ranch. Find family fun with the cowboy chuck wagon dinner and show on Tuesday and Saturday nights at the Flying L Guest Ranch. Make a day of it and plan a horseback riding trek with a local stable. Some outings include meals and other ranch activities. For an authentic cowboy welcome, celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy in Bandera during the last weekend in July. Every Saturday from April through November, “Cowboys on Main,” a western display with strolling entertainers, takes place in Courthouse Square.
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Comfort, 50 miles

ANTIQUE TREASURE HUNT: Pace yourself; the city of Comfort packs a treasure trove of antique goodies, from outdoor decorations to paintings and jewelry. Make the best of your time by plotting a stop 'n' shop schedule of Comfort’s best boutiques. In between purchases, stop by a gallery and then break for lunch or dinner at a contemporary bistro. Or fill up on mouthwatering catfish and Creole cuisine at an alfresco diner or restaurant set on the banks of the Guadalupe River.
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San Marcos, 50 miles

WATER ADVENTURES: Embark on a watery adventure in San Marcos (home to the largest shopping outlet complex in the U.S.) and surrounding Canyon Lake and New Braunfels. Go tubing, kayaking or canoeing in the San Marcos River, or go wading at one of five parks along the river. Visit Aquarena Center's Texas Rivers Center, and take a glass-bottom boat tour. Dry off with a nature walk at the Aquarena Wetlands Boardwalk,  viewing of plants and wildlife in a picturesque atmosphere, and then head to Wonder World Park. Visit their earthquake-formed cave and spot a natural wonder from an observation tower over 100 feet high.
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Blanco, 50 miles

THE "WARMEST WELCOME": Blanco was settled in 1853 by pioneer stockmen, former Texas Rangers, immigrants and their families. Visit any of the shops, galleries or restaurants, and you will see why Blanco is known as "Having the Warmest Welcome in the Texas Hill Country." There are motels and bed & breakfasts just minutes from downtown and the Blanco State Park.
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Kerrville, 65 miles

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Kerrville, an hour northwest of San Antonio on IH-10, is where sparkling, spring-fed creeks meander through the rugged terrain and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley. The river and a mild climate provide the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor pursuits. Every season, Kerrville offers an array of activities.
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Johnson City, 65 miles

HISTORY COMES TO LIFE: The city, named for the ancestors of President Lyndon B. Johnson, mixes history with outdoor adventure. Tour LBJ’s boyhood home or visit the Johnson Settlement, the original residence of Sam Johnson—first in the family to leave a mark on the Lone Star State. In nearby Stonewall, the LBJ Ranch District includes a state park and the longtime home of LBJ. Downtown Johnson City shelters a wilderness like no other: the Exotic Zoo Resort offers a safari-style tour past numerous animals and formerly endangered species in a recreated natural habitat. Continue your outdoor adventure by hiking in Pedernales Falls State Park or fishing in the Pedernales River.
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Fredericksburg, 70 miles

WINE AND DINE IN VINEYARDS: This city surrounded by lavender is the perfect place for indulging in a wine tour—several notable wineries offer tastings within the city limits, and it's easy to sample multiple wine varieties with an organized three-stop tour. After exploring Bell Mountain Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Oberhof Wine Cellar Tasting Room at Das Peach Haus and Torre di Pietra Vineyards, indulge in a massage or facial to round out a truly relaxing day. Fredericksburg’s top-notch day spas specialize in both holistic and modern experiences.
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Estimated Drive Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Austin, 80 miles

ARTSY AND HIGH-TECH COME TOGETHER: Austin is simply not like the rest of Texas. From the quirky cast of characters that populates Congress Avenue to burnt-orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, and corporate CEOs to struggling musicians, Texas' capital city stands apart from the rest.
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Luckenbach, 80 miles

TEXAS STATE OF MIND: Luckenbach is a place where you can kick back, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go out dancing on a Friday night, or spend an afternoon under the gorgeous oak trees listening to live music.
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Marble Falls, 85 miles

GET AWAY WITHOUT MISSING A THING: Indulge your taste buds at one of the town’s award- winning restaurants. Stroll through Sculpture on Main, an international collection of public artwork. Catch a show at one of several live music venues. Visit galleries, enjoy fantastic boutique shopping, or walk to the lake for one of the many festivals held throughout the year. And to do it all, you only need to park once. Marble Falls is your introduction to the Highland Lakes.
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