Texas Bucket List ~ Texas Hill Country Region

This next installment in the Texas Bucket List Series takes us to the Hill Country and home to the state capitol of Texas, Austin.


  • Congress Avenue Bridge: Known for its bats that fly out from under the bridge as dusk approaches.
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum: State history museums usually give a nice overview of a state’s history.
  • LBJ Presidential Library: Museum dedicated to the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • McKinney Falls State Park: Allows you to swim beneath the falls.
  • Mount Bonnell: Overlooks Lake Austin and gives skyline views.
  • State Capitol Complex: Visit the capitol building of Texas.


  • Frio Bat Cave: Houses one of the largest populations of Mexican free-tailed bats.

Dripping Springs

  • Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve: Sinkhole formation with waterfall.
  • Texas Hill Country Olive Company: Guided tours of the mill and olive orchards.


  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Huge pink granite dome.
  • Fort Martin Scott: Site of the first federal frontier fort in Texas.
  • Luckenbach: Town made popular by the country/western song.
  • National Museum of the Pacific War: Tells the story of the Pacific Theater during WWII.
  • Wildseed Farms: Largest working wildflower farm.

Johnson City

  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park: Park visitor center is headquartered here.
  • Pedernales Falls State Park: Park features many waterfalls.


  • “The Coming King” Sculpture Garden: 80 foot tall steel cross along I-10.


  • Hancock Springs Pool: Only sulphur springs pool still open to the public.

Marble Falls

  • Krause Springs: Includes a spring fed swimming pool.


  • M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library: Statue of Old Yeller is located outside.


  • Fort McKavett State Historic Site: Most intact example of a Texas Indian Wars military post.

Round Rock

  • Chisholm Trail Crossing Park: Plaques depict the history of the Chisholm Trail in the Round Rock area.

San Marcos

  • LBJ Museum of San Marcos: Museum focuses on LBJ’s formative years and college experiences.
  • Wonder World: View an earthquake-formed cave.

San Saba

  • Colorado Bend State Park: Features a 65 foot waterfall.


  • LBJ Ranch: Part of LBJ National Historical Park, this was a place where national decisions were made.

All attractions found in the 2018 Texas Travel Guide.


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