Hit the Road: Plan a Road Trip with the Hills and Horizons Itinerary

by Country Inns & Suites
Monday, July 1, 2013

Get ready to experience the culture and wonder of the Lone Star State! Planning a road trip to Texas, the second largest state in the U.S., can be intimidating, but we’re here to help. Regardless of where you begin or end, here are a few great stops to include in your big Texas road trip.

Austin, Texas

Start your road trip in Austin, the capital of Texas. You’ll love strolling down South Congress Avenue (SoCo), a nationally known, hip strip that features an array of eclectic shops, restaurants, boutiques, food trucks, music venues, galleries, and more. Grab a patio lunch or spend the afternoon browsing the shops. Is relaxing more your style? Cool off at the popular Barton Springs Pool. It was voted as the “Best Swimming Hole in Texas” and shouldn’t be missed! Located in Zilker Park, the pool is spring-fed and maintains a refreshing 68-degree temperature. Don’t forget to stop by the SFC Farmers Market for some snacks before heading to one of our three nearby County Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels for a good night’s rest between your fun-filled days.

Austin SFC Farmers Market

San Marcos, Texas

Check out of your Austin hotel after enjoying our hot Be Our Guest Breakfast and make the short drive south to San Marcos. Spend a day at Wonder World Park, a unique attraction that is bound to please the whole family. Visitors will enjoy many of the earth’s amazing geological features in one convenient stop. Be sure to climb the Tejas Tower, float around the AntiGravity House, and cool off with a subterranean cave tour. Visit Tube San Marcos for an exciting way to beat the Texas heat. You can peacefully wind down the San Marcos River in your own personal watercraft — a floating tube!

Tube San Marcos

When in Texas, eat like a Texan! The Salt Lick BBQ has famous sauces that will leave their marks on your mind (and taste buds). You can also enjoy freshly made Mexican food at Adobe Verde. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Marcos hotel is the perfect home away from home during your adventure in San Marcos. Don’t forget to stop by the front desk for a freshly baked cookie before you head out to explore the city!

Adobe Verde

San Antonio, Texas

The final stop on your trip, the city of San Antonio won’t disappoint. Drop your bags off at the convenient Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Antonio Airport hotel before you start your final adventure. You can take an educational trip to The Alamo, where a small group of Texans held their ground against the Centralist army of Mexico in defense of their state. Despite the Alamo’s fall, it marks an important time in history and helped keep Texas as a part of the United States. After your historical adventure, head back to modern times and visit the San Antonio River Walk. Bars, shops, and restaurants line the street, making the River Walk a must-see during this city stop.

San Antonio Riverwalk

Take a break from the heat and get dolled up for a night at the Majestic Empire Theatre! Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the 2,264-seat Majestic Theatre is a National Historic Landmark. It’s currently home to the San Antonio Symphony and the Broadway in San Antonio series, along with a wide variety of concerts and performing arts attractions. Stop by the Mi Tierra Restaurant and Bakery for a delicious Tex-Mex treat before you say “adios” to this exciting city.

Once your road trip comes to an end, you will realize everything truly is bigger in Texas! Are you ready to embark on your own Texas road trip? Print our Hills and Horizons itinerary, pack some warm-weather clothes, and don’t forget to prepare your vehicle for your upcoming trip. Safe travels!

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