Texas’ Hill County inspires poets, painters and anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature, nice people and interesting places.
Situated in the central part of the state, its activities are diverse as the uses offered by the American Tourister Fieldbrook 4 Piece Luggage Set. Lightweight with two uprights, one-wheeled duffle and a boarding bag you can fit in a pair of cowboy boots, water shoes and a hat or two.
Oh heck, just pack your whole closet — this is Texas and everything is bigger here.
Start in Austin, the state’s capital.
The fact that the city prides itself on the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" tells its visitors an independent spirit flows here like the nearby Colorado River.
Sure, this is the epicenter of state politics, but it also the home of the University of Texas.
Among the school’s many activities, fall weekends there are spent watching Longhorn football.
Fit in by dressing in burnt orange and white, knowing that Bevo is the actual steer mascot and when you hear "hook ’em horns" give the celebrated hand gesture.
Not that kind of hand gesture.
Extend your index and pinkie finger and grasp the second and third fingers with your thumb. Now thrust your arm proudly into the air.
Austin has rightly earned its nickname "live music capital of the world." Clubs, bars and festivals like South by Southwest (SXSW) or live TV performances on Austin City Limits provide constant entertainment.
One favorite Austin summer activity is to grab your favorite beverage and gather at dusk by the banks of Lady Bird Lake near the Congress Avenue Bridge (officially the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge) and just wait.
Soon hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats fly out, from under the bridge, for their nightly search for food.
Lady Bird Johnson was America’s First Lady from 1963 – 1969. During her husband’s (Lyndon Baines Johnson) presidency, and beyond, Lady Bird became a strong advocate for conservation and the beautification of the nation’s highways and roads.
The Hill Country’s spring turns rolling vistas lush with bluebonnets and Indian paint brush flowers.
The Johnsons’ former home, the LBJ Ranch, is open to the public as a National Historic Site. Split into two parts, a few miles apart, one section highlights LBJ’s Hill Country roots with his boyhood home in Johnson City and the second part near the Pedernales River.
More river fun can be found by becoming a river rat on the Guadalupe River.
From late spring through the summer rafts, kayaks, canoes and inner tubes can be found floating down past canyons, wooded areas and down whitewater chutes.
After a day of surviving the rapids head to the venerable Gruene (pronounced green) Hall. Substitute your water shoes for a pair of boots and grab a cowboy or cowgirl of your choosing and dance. Many Germans emigrated here in the 19th Century and one built the dance hall. It still stand today and do not be surprised who might show up to jam with the band. Willie Nelson and George Strait are just two headliners who live nearby.
San Antonio offers both high end city amenities to simple pleasures such as a stroll down the Riverwalk or seeking history at the Alamo.
The riches of the city’s cultural heritage are best found in during the fall when the arts’ scene explodes.
Visit the San Antonio Art Museum in the former Lone Star Brewery or the McNay where medieval and Renaissance period art can be found. Looking for the most modern works? The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is the place to be.
No one throws a fiesta like San Antonio.
Music events range include September’s Jazz’SAlive and the International Accordion Festival held in the charming La Villeta. Luminaria celebrates the arts and April’s Fiesta San Antonio runs for 10 days with plenty of parades and oyster bake, margaritas and mariachis.
Even with your ultra-light luggage a vacation in the Texas Hill County will be a heavyweight one.