One thing you’ll learn about Texas, if you don’t already know: The Lone Star State is big. We’re talking really big. You can expect to travel about 14 hours driving across the state. That means a perfect fall road trip has to be planned and taken in stride. You’re not going to see the entire state over a weekend, but that just means you’ll have even more time to enjoy the parts you do get to see. Check out our route for a perfect fall road trip below.
The Natural Bridge Caverns, just half an hour away from San Antonio, is a fantastic early morning scenic spot. Get your bearings and learn all about the spectacular natural caverns.
After lunch, take a short drive through Austin to the Walnut Creek Park, where you’ll find the lightly trafficked Walnut Creek Trail. The trail is a 1.5-mile loop offering scenic views. You’ll find the marked trail easy to traverse, so feel free to head off the beaten path to discover your own trails.
After your hike, it’s time to get back in the car and drive for around two hours to the Sonlight Apple Orchard in Mason, Texas. The Sonlight Orchard offers pick your own tree ripened apples. Make sure to call or check their website to ensure availability.
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Indulge in the Halloween spirit with a visit to the Eckert James River Bat Cave just south of Mason, Texas. The cave is one of the largest bat nurseries in the country, with over four million bats inhabiting the site from May through September.
Once you’re done at the bat cave, hit the road and head south to Fredericksburg, Texas. Stop in at the rock and roll bar, Der Daiwel, for drinks, food, and live entertainment.
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Spend the night at Magnolia House, a traditional bed and breakfast. The historic house was built in 1923, the location is quiet and scenic. A two-course breakfast is served in the morning on antique silver and china.
If you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s a little more laid back (without the need for fine china), then consider the Sunset Grill in town. Try one of their signature breakfast dishes, all served with home style potatoes.
Breakfast at the Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg, TX on our way out of town! I ordered one of their eggs beneditcts and asked for tomato slices instead of an English muffin as the base. This one came with a couple decadent slices of Swiss, LOTS of spinach + grilled red onions (hiding under the cheese), a tangy hollandaise, crispy red potatoes, and sliced avocado. I also ordered a side of bacon because ...bacon. ðŸ˜Ž #cassyjoyeatsout
Take a morning drive from Fredericksburg to the Lost Maples State Natural Area. As your last stop on this road trip before heading home, we encourage you to take your time perusing the natural area. Enjoy the dazzling fall foliage, wildflowers, and scenic Sabinal River.