Destination guide

Enjoy country charm around Texas Hill Country vacation homes

With the perfect blend of small-town charm and scenic landscapes, the Texas Hill Country offers an array of outdoor activities for the whole family. Vacation home rentals can be found near historic landmarks, expansive state parks, and urban attractions, so you can make your country retreat all you hoped it would be.

History

History and heritage in Texas Hill Country

With its long and rich history, Texas Hill Country has many heritage sites and museums celebrating its milestones. Cabin rentals are available near such must-see historic sites as The Alamo, a former Franciscan mission that now stands as a monument honoring the Texan volunteers who fought for independence. The National Museum of the Pacific War is a must for history enthusiasts, which is dedicated to those who served in the Pacific theater during World War II. You can also have a quintessential Texas experience in the Cowboy Capital of the World, Bandera, which has a rodeo, dude ranch, and honky-tonk to celebrate the history of cowboy culture. The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is filled with artifacts of interest to history buffs, and is the area where the former president was born and that served as his final resting place.

Things to do

Nature and culture near getaway cabins in Texas Hill Country

With its beautiful, sprawling landscape, Texas Hill Country has plenty of destinations for families, couples, or solo travelers near vacation rentals. Garner State Park has 11 miles of scenic trails, the Frio River for kayaking or fishing, and a fun-filled calendar of festivals and events. Enchanted Rock, a natural area with majestic views of the pink granite rock, hiking trails, and Native American lore, is ideal for families and nature lovers. The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, a millennia-old natural wonder created by the collapse of an underground river, is a great place for adventurers to explore the emerald waters and limestone cliffs. For more culture, Gruene Hall is a famous dance hall that has been home to many icons over the years and offers live entertainment and nostalgic 1930s decor.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Hill Country

Do you want to find attractions to see in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that Hill Country has to offer. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Blue Lake Golf Course (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Ram Rock Golf Course (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
  • Apple Rock Gulf Course (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
  • Llano River Golf Club (17.6 mi / 28.3 km)
  • Slick Rock Golf Course (17.7 mi / 28.5 km)
  • The Legends Golf Course (18.7 mi / 30.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Explore the Texas Hill Country landscape

The hills, valleys, lakes, and rivers throughout the sunny Texas Hill Country offer boundless options for adrenaline-fueled outdoor excursions or relaxing activities in nature. No matter your interests, cabin rentals in Texas Hill Country can be found near craters with water for swimming, fishing, and rope swinging, rivers for kayaking, rafting, or canoeing, lush forests for hiking and mountain biking, and calm lakes for boating, tubing, and waterskiing. For a more laid-back experience, you can stargaze on wide-open ranches, stroll through bluebonnet fields, or explore the landscape of lavender farms.

Natural features

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Hill Country

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Hill Country is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (9.3 mi / 15 km)
  • Robinson City Park (17.6 mi / 28.4 km)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park (18.2 mi / 29.3 km)
  • Cross Mountain Park (18.5 mi / 29.8 km)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (21.2 mi / 34.2 km)
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park (21.8 mi / 35.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Hill Country

If you're traveling by train, Austin Station, San Marcos Station and Taylor Station are the main stations in the city. You can see more of Hill Country by catching a ride on the metro at Leander Station, Lakeline Station or Kramer Station.

Getting around

Getting around Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is a vast region with many small towns and villages, along with nearby airports. Traveling to and from the region’s vacation homes is quick and convenient, however, thanks to trains, shuttles, and taxis. For flexible transportation on your own schedule, rental cars are a great option, and you may be able to walk or bike to nearby destinations from your summer rental.

Food and drink

Southern comfort in Texas Hill Country

With a focus on fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, Texas Hill Country is a foodie’s paradise. From top-notch pitmasters serving classic barbecue to nostalgic mom-and-pop cafés serving mouthwatering pies, this region blends the best of the South with a unique flair all its own. No matter the craving, a new flavor experience can be found in the Texas Hill Country restaurants, eateries, and bakeries just outside your summer rental. The Texas Hill Country is also home to many craft breweries and world-class vineyards with drinks to complement the flavors in the region.

Where to stay around Hill Country?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,468 vacation rentals near Hill Country. From 970 Cabins to 3,915 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hill Country for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hill Country?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hill Country. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Austin: 3,319 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,049 vacation rentals
  • New Braunfels: 1,337 vacation rentals
  • Fredericksburg: 929 vacation rentals
  • Dallas: 1,473 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hill Country! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hill Country?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hill Country:

  • Austin: 3,319 rentals
  • San Antonio: 2,049 rentals
  • New Braunfels: 1,337 rentals
  • Fredericksburg: 929 rentals
  • Dallas: 1,473 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Hill Country?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Hill Country are:

  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 1,349 vacation rentals
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): 1,365 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio International Airport (SAT): 1,173 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hill Country?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Hill Country. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The River Walk: 733 rentals
  • Garner State Park: 225 rentals
  • Lackland Air Force Base Visitor Center: 1,073 rentals
  • Gruene Hall: 843 rentals
  • Fredericksburg Winery: 757 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hill Country listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Hill Country

Austin
3,319 vacation rentals
San Antonio
2,049 vacation rentals
New Braunfels
1,337 vacation rentals
Fredericksburg
929 vacation rentals
Dallas
1,473 vacation rentals
Rockport
778 vacation rentals
Canyon Lake
826 vacation rentals
Waco
190 vacation rentals
Concan
191 vacation rentals
Wimberley
945 vacation rentals
Fort Worth
560 vacation rentals
Bryan
336 vacation rentals
San Marcos
674 vacation rentals
Matagorda
114 vacation rentals
Arlington
451 vacation rentals
College Station
374 vacation rentals
Dripping Springs
1,036 vacation rentals
Horseshoe Bay
457 vacation rentals
Kerrville
300 vacation rentals
Marble Falls
1,445 vacation rentals