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Visiting Austin & Hill Country

Visitors to Texas Hill Country are pleasantly surprised at the unique Texas terrain. Start in Austin, not only the Texas State Capital but a hotbed of live music, hub of Travis Country and home to University of Texas at Austin. Travel south to San Antonio, the other large urban center of the Texas Hill Region. Many are surprised to find San Antonio is larger than Dallas, making the Texas River City the state’s second largest city. Melding with surrounding communities like New Braunfels, Gonzales and Hondo, rapid growth continues in the greater San Antonio area. Travelers looking for a San Antonio hotel, there are nearly 20 Best Western hotels in the region.

Settled by German immigrants, there may be no better place in Texas to celebrate Oktoberfest than Fredericksburg. About an hour and a half west of Austin off US-290, Fredericksburg celebrates its German heritage September 30th through October 2nd. The 2011 festivities make an ideal family getaway featuring the Kinder Park for kids, a German Bier Tent for Adults and Oompah for everyone. Don’t miss the TubJam kicking off Friday evening events, and join family and friends Saturday morning at Fredericksburg Market Square for the Chicken Dance Around the Square.

2011 Marks the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. Visit the first Saturday of the month for a living history tour of the Alamo featuring demonstrations and lectures on the Alamo and Texas Revolution. The Alamo hosts Visits to the Past September 17th, October 15th and November 12th with actors reenacting the tactics and tasks used during the period of the Battle of the Alamo. Hosted by the San Antonio Living History Association, these are free events.

Of course no visit to San Antonio is complete without a walk through the city on the River Walk – a three mile venture through downtown San Antonio’s cultural and business center. With family, you can’t leave without visits to SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Texas. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is open weekends through fall; however White Water Bay closes after Labor Day weekend. SeaWorld also remains open weekends and holidays through fall. For an exceptional experience, check into the Beluga Interaction Program where you can actually get in the water with the rare white beluga whale.

San Antonio features an amazing array of Museums for visitors and locals. The McNay Art Museum is the first museum of modern art in Texas housing its galleries in a beautiful Mediterranean villa. The San Antonio Museum of Art is home to the country’s most comprehensive collection of Latin American art. There is nothing like a visit to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum for a look at authentic old-west history and lore.

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Austin & Hill Country Events

May 2015

May 28-31, 2015
2015 Texas Olive Fest

This annual festival sees three days of fun for the whole family – featuring live music, local wineries, 15 vendors, a collection of gourmet chefs, delicous food, and more. The event will be hosted at the Texas Hill Country Olive Co. in Dripping Springs.

June 2015

June 12-14, 2015
11th Annual Blanco Lavender Fest

The city of Blanco hosts this annual festival celebrating the lavender blooming season. There will be a Lavender Market and tours of Lavender Farms, as well as live music at Bindseil Park and cooking demonstrations at Speakers' Pavilion in the Courtroom of the Old Blanco County Courthouse.

June 13, 2015
Voyager Music Festival

This all-encompassing music festival is held at the Rusty Mule between Oak Hill in Austin and Dipping Springs.

June 19 - 21, 2015
Marble Falls Classic Soap Box Derby

This annual Marble Falls event includes derby car racing, skateboard and long board racing, food, live music, parades, and fun.

August 2015

August 7 – 9, 2015
LakeFest 2015

The 24th Annual LakeFest is held at Lake Lyndon B. Johnson just northwest of the Austin area near Marble Falls. Lake LBJ becomes a quarter-mile course for drag boat racing. Johnson Park also features food, games, and entertainment.

August 2015

August 22, 2015
Bat Fest

See over 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin at dusk.

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.

October 2-4 & 9-11, 2015
2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Music fans of all genres won't want to miss the Austin City Limits Music Festival held annually at Zilker Park in Austin. The festival is held over two weekends, with start times varying by day.

October 29 – November 5, 2015
2015 Austin Film Festival

The 2015 Austin Film Festival is an annual conference held in Austin. The 2015 AFF offers new, feature-length films like Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film – plus special events, seminars, and more.

March 2016

March 11 – 13, 2016
2016 World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup

Set in Sweetwater, the 2016 World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup offers everything from a rattlesnake parade and carnival to dancing in the Jaycee Barn, the Sweetwater Rifle & Pistol Club Gun, Knife & Coin Show, a beard contest, and more. Held at the Nolan County Coliseum.

Best Western Rewards

32 Best Western Hotels
in Austin & Hill Country

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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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    Waco North

    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 Inn

    Coleman

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    Comanche Inn

    Comanche

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    Inn & Suites

    Copperas Cove

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    Franklin Inn & Suites

    Franklin

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    Fredericksburg

    Fredericksburg

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    Chateau Ville Motor Inn

    Gatesville

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    Georgetown Inn & Suites

    Georgetown

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    Giddings Inn & Suites

    Giddings

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    Johnson City Inn

    Johnson City

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    Dos Rios

    Junction

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    La Grange Inn & Suites

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    Llano

    Llano

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    Longhorn Inn & Suites

    Luling

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    Executive Inn & Suites

    Madisonville

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    Marble Falls Inn

    Marble Falls

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    Marlin Inn & Suites

    Marlin

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    Executive Inn

    Round Rock

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    San Angelo

    San Angelo

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    Sweetwater Inn & Suites

    Sweetwater

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    Taylor Inn

    Taylor

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    Temple Inn & Suites

    Temple

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    Woodway Waco South Inn & Suites

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