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Rancho Sienna News

Hill Country Drive

13 March . 2018

Spring for it: 7 ideas for Hill Country day trips near Rancho Sienna

The Hill Country is a magical place to visit during any season of the year. If we had to pick a favorite season, we’d have to give the edge to spring, and for one reason: wildflowers! And that’s where we begin our list of seven fun Hill Country day trips near Rancho Sienna.

Beauty in bloom. Country Living magazine has called out the Texas Hill Country as the place to see "America's most beautiful wildflower bloom." Check out this loop that’s been called the "perfect Texas Hill Country wildflower day trip."

Vintage fun. Did you know that the Hill Country boasts more than 50 wineries, and even a growing number of distilleries? The 2018 Wine & Wildflower Journey, from April 6-22, offers a great way to discover these wineries amid beautiful wildflower blooms.

Take an old train. Or a new one. The Hill Country Flyer offers a variety of excursions through the Hill Country on an antique steam train, departing from nearby Cedar Park. These include many themed excursions, like the Bluebonnet Flyer and the Princess Train. For a new train, hop aboard the sleek CapMetro train at Leander Station near Rancho Sienna, and enjoy the urban canyons of downtown Austin without the hassles of parking.

Get enchanted. One of the most famous sights in Texas, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg is a massive pink granite dome surrounded by 11 miles of trails where you can hike, backpack, picnic, bird, study nature and stargaze.

The Peach Loop. One of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Great Texas Wildlife Trails, the Peach Loop provides some of the best wildlife observation points in the Hill Country for migratory birds, bats and other species. During peach season, starting in mid-May, more than a dozen orchards offer juicy Hill Country peaches.

Batty fun. Several caves and formations in the Hill Country are home to bat colonies that are even larger than Austin’s famous Congress Street bridge colony. Old Tunnel State Park and Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area are both home to about 3 million bats. This Texas Parks & Wildlife site has everything you need to know about Hill Country bats.

For the kids. The Texas Hill Country offers many family friendly attractions, including swimming holes, caves, wildlife parks and museums. This article offers 13 fun ideas for day trips that kids will love.

For more ideas on what to enjoy near Rancho Sienna all year ‘round, check out our Local Flavor guide for the scoop on recreation, shopping, dining and more.