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Visiting Austin & Hill Country

Catch the spirit of the holidays with a trip through the communities on the 2013 Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail. Blanco, an hour west of Austin, makes a nice stop to stroll through Bindseil Park along festively lit pathways. With the Old Blanco County Courthouse and downtown shops lit and decorated, Blanco is a holiday wonderland.  Johnson City, 15 miles north of Blanco, adds its homes and businesses to the holiday light trail, including 1,000,000 lights at Pedernales Electric Cooperative Headquarters. The Marble Falls Walkway of Lights, 25 miles north of Johnson City, is another must-see stop on the trail.

Stop at Lakeside Park in Marble Falls, for a leisurely stroll past 150 light sculptures reflecting off the water. Further north in Llano, the city holiday tradition of Starry, Starry Nights is at its home in Badu Park along the banks of the Llano River. Don’t miss Llano’s Snow Day In the Park, on December 8th – kids love to sled and tube down the snow hill. Through December 22nd, visit Santa on weekend evenings in Llano.

Fredericksburg is fabulous during the holidays. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country 80 miles west of Austin, Fredericksburg hosts its Eisbahn, adding outdoor ice skating to the fun of the holidays. Join the fun through January 6th at the Fredericksburg Marktplatz – take a spin on the ice amidst Fredericksburg’s winter wonderland.

All too soon, the holidays are over and Austin and Texas Hill Country launch into 2013 with new and traditional events. Make short order of those extra holiday calories at January’s Austin 3M Half Marathon and February’s Live Strong Marathon and Half Marathon.

Austin’s 2013 3M Half Marathon is January 13th, and is one of the capitol city’s largest racing events. The point-to-point course is primarily downhill, starting at the corner of Capital of Texas Highway and Stonelake Boulevard with the finish at 17th Street and Congress Avenue.

The Livestrong Austin Marathon brings a full weekend of activities to the city. The Austin Marathon Expo features live music and speakers at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin. Race events include the Marathon, Half Marathon and Paramount 5K. Enjoy over 30 live bands and entertainers lining the course on race day. Come cheer on your favorite runner – Austin City Hall, the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, and the University of Texas Intramural Fields make great viewing locations. For the finish, head to 10th Street and Congress to congratulate the runners.

There’s no more appropriate place than Austin, the Texas State Capitol, to celebrate Texas Independence Day. Visit Austin March 1st through 3rd, for 2013 Celebrate Texas events and festivities. Make the 5K run or walk up Congress Avenue before the Celebrate Texas Parade begins, visit the Capitol Rotunda for the noon celebration, then move to the Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum for the afternoon ceremonies. Celebrate Texas independence in Austin.

Austin & Hill Country Hotel Map

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32 Best Western Hotels
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    Austin Airport Inn & Suites

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    Austin City Hotel

    Austin

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    Bastrop Pines Inn

    Bastrop

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    Bellmead

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    Blanco Luxury Inn & Suites

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    Brady Inn

    Brady

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    Old Town Center

    Bryan

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    Post Oak Inn

    Burnet

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    Cedar Inn

    Cedar Park

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    Velkommen

    Clifton

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    Coleman

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    Fredericksburg

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    Chateau Ville Motor Inn

    Gatesville

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    Georgetown

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    Giddings

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    Johnson City

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    Round Rock

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Austin & Hill Country Events

September 2014

October 31 - November 2, 2014
Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Head on out to Circuit of The Americas in Austin and watch as F1 drivers race around this specially built track in their only U.S. racing event.

October 2014

October 31- November 2, 2014
Fan Fest

In conjunction with the F1 races, Circuit of The Americas in Austin will also host three stages of live music and refreshments from the local area for the motorsports fans.

November 2014

November 7-16, 2014
Wurstfest New Braunfels hosts this fun event filled with great German food, brews from around the region, and entertaining events for all to enjoy. Times vary.

December 2014

December 14, 2014
HITS Running Festival Pick your running distance and join in on this fun event hosted by HITS Endurance at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin. Start times based on distance to run.

March 2015

March 17-22, 2015
SXSWeek

The Austin Convention Center and various venues around Austin fill with music and media enthusiasts during this fun and energetic event. Times vary.

October 2015

October 23-25, 2015
2015 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Racers from all over the world compete at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin during the 17th race of the F1 world championship.

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