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Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 stars being must see. The + indicates a personal favorite.

The Austin Loop: Beginning in Austin, take time to see the city including the University of Texas, Guadalupe Ave. shops and the Texas State Cemetery (see our Texas History Page for more about Texas history and a cemetery photo). From Austin, head southeast on Hwy. 71 to Bastrop (***) and Buescher (+****) State Parks. Afterwards, head to the southwest on any of the backroads to Lockhart and Lockhart State Park (***). Continue south on Hwy. 183 to Palmetto State Park (****) and do some tubing on the Blanco River.

From Palmetto, either join the San Antonio Loop (see below) or continue to the northwest, across Interstate 35, to Guadalupe River State Park (****) and do some more tubing and Blanco State Park (***). To the north on Hwy. 281, the route is lined with state parks including Perdernales, LBJ(****) and Longhorn Caverns. Also off Hwy. 281 is the ever-popular Inks Lake State Park (We aren't going to rate it, because we would probably give it ***, but everyone we meet who's been there gives it *****. Obviously, we're missing something here.) Head back to Austin via Hwys. 281 and 71, catching McKinney Falls State Park on the way (***).

San Antonio Loop: While in San Antonio, spend some time at the Alamo, Riverwalk and shopping. From San Antonio, take Hwys. 90 and 127 to Garner State Park (****) near the town of Leakey and do some tubing, swimming and fishing. Then head west from Leakey on Hwy. 337 and north on Hwy. 335 for a truly scenic drive. Take Hwy 377 to Junction and the relatively new South Llano River State Park(+****) where tubing, fishing, and wild turkeys reign supreme. Be sure to hike the challenging trail.

From Junction head southeast on Interstate 10 to Kerrville and the
State Recreation Area (***) especially if its Kerrville Folk Festival time. From there, Nimitz State Historical Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (*****+) and
LBJ State Park (****/if you enjoy history) are located to the north.

At that point you may either join the Austin Loop (see above) or head back to San Antonio on Hwy. 281 catching Blanco State Park (***) and Guadalupe (****) State Parks on the way. Travelers may also want to stop in New Braunfels, Gruene and San Marcos, but we find them a bit touristy for our tastes, but you might enjoy it

Highway 77: This state highway splits Texas down the middle, north and south east of Interstate 35. From Waco at the north and Victoria to the north almost to the coast, few cities slow you down from the 70 MPH speed limit. It's a delightful drive with picnic areas placed frequently along the way. While the scenery is less dramatic than west of Interstate 35, this is alternate route worth trying.

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