Charming Towns in Central Texas: Day Trips from the Old El Camino
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There are a variety of day trips you can take when visiting the Old El Camino Motocourt and RV Resort. One of our favorite things to do is to visit some of central Texas’ alluring towns.

From hidden swimming holes to tasty BBQ joints, there is something for every one of our visitors! We even put together a list of 10 charming towns, just a short drive away from the Motocourt.


1.   Wimberley


The artistic town of Wimberly is located just a half-hour west of the Old El Camino. Here you can stroll through the town square, which is filled with art galleries and boutique shops. The drive itself offers scenic views of the captivating Texas Hill Country.

For those seeking to beat the Texas heat, visit the renowned Blue Hole Regional Park. It’s famous for its crystal-clear blue waters and swimming holes. Take advantage of the rope swing that drops you right in the water or spend your day tubing.

Wimberley is not just an artistic treasure, it is also a perfect place for water lovers!



2.    Gruene

Looking to travel back in time and visit the oldest dance hall in Texas? A quick half-hour drive southwest of the Old El Camino will lead you to the historic town of Gruene.

This small town is home to Gruene Hall, which is the oldest dance hall in Texas. Here, you can step into the past while enjoying live music that is offered caily.

Make sure to pick up a souvenir at the Gruene General Store which was established in 1925. It remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. Did we mention they also produce some of the best handmade fudge? A delicious treat to bring back with you to the Motocourt.



3.   Fredericksburg

Located deep in the heart of Texas, there is another German town that is waiting for you to visit! Fredericksburg, which is located just an hour and a half from El Camino. Its history dates back to May 8, 1846, when German immigrants founded this charming town.

Take a stroll down Main Street where you can visit a variety of shops and restaurants, Many of which showcase the town’s German influence through their cuisine and décor.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sample some of Texas’ finest wines since Fredericksburg is home to a selection of wine-tasting rooms.

This includes the popular Grape Creek on Main. So grab a glass and relax while enjoying the delightful town of Fredericksburg.



4.   New Braunfels

Just a short 30-minute drive from the Old El Camino Motocourt, another Texan town warmly embraces its German roots, New Braunfels.

This charming town is filled with so much German heritage that they even host the annual Wurstfest. This German sausage festival takes place every November and is a must-do if you are staying at the Old El Camino during that time.

But New Braunfels isn’t just about its German ties, it’s also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a float down the refreshing Comal River or make a splash at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

New Braunfels is where history, culture, and outdoor fun come together to create a memorable Texan day trip



5.   Lockhart

Calling all BBQ lovers! There is a town just 15 minutes east of the Old El Camino that is  home to some of the best barbecue in the state! In fact, the Texas Legislature named it the “Barbecue Capital of Texas”.

In Lockhart, the barbecue experience is nothing short of legendary. While choosing a single BBQ joint may seem like a delicious dilemma, you simply can’t go wrong with a visit to Black’s Barbecue.

This tasty joint has been operating since 1932 and their delicious BBQ reflects that. Be sure to try their Giant Beef Ribs for an unforgettable culinary experience. You can expect a line when visiting, but the wait is truly worth it!


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6.    San Marcos

Just a quick 20-minute drive north of the Old El Camino lies the vibrant town of San Marcos. As the proud home of Texas State University, this college town offers a variety of activities to enjoy during your day visit.

For those who want to shop without breaking the bank, the Tanger Outlets in San Marcos is a must-visit. Here, you can score fantastic deals on clothing, decor and so much more.

But that’s just the beginning of your day trip adventure.! If you’re seeking outdoor fun, don’t miss the chance to tube down the crystal-clear waters of the San Marcos River.

Then you can enjoy a tasty meal in the downtown area which has so many restaurants. San Marcos is a lively blend of shopping, adventure, and dining.



7.    Johnson City

If you are a history buff you will love visiting Johnson City. It is only an hour and 15 minutes northwest of the Old El Camino too.

This charming town holds a special place in American history as the hometown of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.

During your day trip to Johnson City, be sure to explore the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and legacy of this influential president.

One of the park’s most remarkable attractions is the LBJ Ranch, a place of great historical significance. Not only was Lyndon B. Johnson born here, but he also lived, passed away, and found his final resting place on this very land.



8.   Driftwood

If you are looking for a day filled with a duo of BBQ and wineries, look no further than the charming town of Driftwood. Which is a quick 35-minute drive from the Motorcourt.

Your Driftwood adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to two iconic destinations nestled right next to each other: Salt Lick BBQ and Salt Lick Cellars. Begin your journey at Salt Lick Cellars, where you can savor local wines and beers in a relaxed setting.

After indulging in a drink or two, it’s time to treat your taste buds to a true Texas BBQ feast at Salt Lick BBQ. Succulent brisket, flavorful coleslaw, and homemade blackberry cobbler will all be waiting for you when you arrive.

A mouthwatering combination that’s sure to leave you saying, ‘Yum!’



9.   Bastrop

For all the outdoor enthusiasts out there, a day trip to Bastrop is an absolute must. Known as ‘the Heart of the Lost Pines,’ this charming town, located just 40 minutes east of the Old El Camino, lives up to its enchanting nickname.

Bastrop Is famous for its gorgeous outdoor vistas. The downtown area is a delightful blend of tree-lined streets and historic buildings, creating the perfect atmosphere for a long walk.

One of the area’s crown jewels is the Bastrop State Park, a haven for nature lovers. Here, you’ll find the stunning 900-acre Lake Bastrop, a serene oasis for fishing, boating, and relaxation.

If you’re looking for a unique adventure, don’t miss Dinosaur Park, where you can step back in time and explore life-size dinosaur replicas, making it a fascinating stop for visitors of all ages.

Bastrop is a beautiful day trip to take, located right in central Texas.



10.    Austin

No list of day trip destinations would be complete without including Austin. This vibrant and bustling city is a quick 45-minute drive north of the Old El Camino.

Austin is renowned for its culture, live music scene, and variety of culinary offerings. While you’re in town, be sure to explore its vibrant neighborhoods or visit world-famous landmarks like the Texas State Capitol.

The local food scene here is to die for! Swing by one of Austin’s food truck parks, where you can try a wide array of mouthwatering dishes. The Picnic is a top pick in our books!

From music and art to tasty cuisine, Austin is a memorable day trip that you should take.

We hope you enjoyed our list of Central Texas’ 10 charming towns that you can visit during your next stay! Which one will be your first stop?


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