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Day Trip From Houstoon

We will be in Houston at the end of October for the International Quilt Festival. I have no classes on Wed. so we are thinking about a day trip to Austin and perhaps one of the Hill Country Scenic Drives. (My husband likes to drive and when we lived in Monterey CA we often drove to San Francisco for dinner). Would we be crazy to leave Houston between 6 and 7 (Traffic?), to get to a campground in Austin in time to sleep? I was thinking about McKinney Falls State Park. We'd spend the day in/around Austin, returning to Houston Wed evening? What would you recommend for our day in Austin? We aren't really city people....that's why I wondered about the Scenic Drives. What's your favorite? Thanks.

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We will be in Houston at the end of October for the International Quilt Festival. I have no classes on Wed. so we are thinking about a day trip to Austin and perhaps one of the Hill Country Scenic Drives. (My husband likes to drive and when we lived in Monterey CA we often drove to San Francisco for dinner). would we be crazy to leave Houston between 6 and 7, to get to a campground in Austin in time to sleep? I was thinking about McKinney Falls State Park. We'd spend the day in/around Austin, returning to Houston Wed evening? What would you recommend for our day in Austin?

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Tried to correct my random typing error and ended up with a reply instead....sorry about that.

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Since you are short on time, may I suggest a visit to Bryan where you would have less traffic to deal with and enjoy a very nice smaller Texas town with lots of shops and a beautiful Presidential Library if that is of interest?

Here is their website and down on the left is a full brochure you can click on and see photos/info:

http://www.visitaggieland.com

http://downtownbryan.com

Also, Brenham could be on your route to get to Bryan and it has nice shops and restaurants and probably easier parking for your RV than in a big city.

http://www.visitbrenhamtexas.com In the last paragraph of the home page is a link to their online brochure.

www.marthasbloomers.com/cafembloomers.php Lovely tearoom and gift shop on the route.

http://www.messinahof.com/index_main.php

visitaggieland.com/hotels/rv-rentals-parks/

Just thought I'd mention it as a suggested alternative.

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4. Re: Day Trip From Houstoon

The hill country is generally considered to be the area west of Austin. I agree with the idea of finding towns around east of Austin. Between Brenham and Bryan is Washington-on the Brazos http://www.birthplaceoftexas.com/ There's also the painted churches, sometimes they're only open if you're on an official tour, but on the weekends you have a better chance at getting see them http://schulenburgchamber.org/tours/churches/

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5. Re: Day Trip From Houstoon

Just a quick note to your original request. Leaving Houston at 6 or 7 will be a traffic nightmare. Part of the time will depend on where your Houston RV park is located. Houston has multiple loops around town so looking at a physical map, not a GPS will be helpful.

A Texas map will also help you consider some of the small towns between Houston and Austin.

Brenham and Round Top would be two of my suggestions.

There's not much in Bryan/College Station except for the Bush Presidential Museum.

Maybe I should say welcome to Texas instead of welcome to Austin!

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Thanks - My husband will be picking me up at the Brown Convention Center about 5:30, so we will be leaving from downtown right in the crunch of rush hour, I assume. We commuted in DC for 25 years, so traffic is a fact of life.....we have a truck camper so won't be pulling anything. So an hour or how much more to get out of the traffic?? Does four hours to Austin from downtown Houston sound right? We will be staying near MD Anderson. Do we need to worry about traffic coming into town on Wed. evening?

We are outdoor people so aren't really interested in exploring even small towns - except for finding good food. We prefer hiking, etc. Will be spending another night at Steven Austin State Park.

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Leaving at 5:30 PM is about as bad a time as you could pick. It will take a full four hours if you leave at that time, of which at least one hour will be spent clearing Houston's city limits. I'd suggest either having an early dinner, or at least a light snack, and waiting until about 6:30 PM, when much of the traffic will have cleared.

There are two routes to get to Austin. Having driven there on and off for well over 50 years, I highly recommend taking I-10 to Columbus, then turning north on Hwy 71 (actually NW), which will take you through LaGrange. The highest-rated restaurant in that town, which is roughly halfway between Houston and Austin, is Bistro 108 (website under construction), and they're open until 10:00 PM. (I have not eaten there, incidentally.)

The second route takes you on US 290, which usually has much heavier traffic, and ultimately goes through a number of small towns. It is a more scenic route, and does bring you into the center of Austin, but personally, I am not a fan of it.

If you choose the I-10 route, leaving downtown about 6:30 PM, you probably should be able to make the trip in about 3-3.25 hours. I think the US 290 route still has heavy traffic at that hour, but perhaps someone who drives that route regularly could provide more information.

Have a safe trip.

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8. Re: Day Trip From Houstoon

I think your Houston traffic questions are best answered by Gene T. We go fairly frequently to The Woodlands north of Houston.

If you're especially looking for good food,definitely stop at the Round Top Cafe in Round Top. http://www.royersroundtopcafe.com/ It's a small place with a huge reputation, owned by Bud Royer and his family. Whatever you have, don't miss a slice of one of Bud's pies. He ships all over the world.

I did think of Bastrop State Park, but there was a terrible fire there a couple of years ago and I'm uncertain how it is now.

Safe travels!

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9. Re: Day Trip From Houstoon

if you take Highway 71, stop in La Grange..Weikel's Czech Bakery..great kolaches, plus bread, cinnamon roles etc.

(next to McDonald's..part of the Shell gas station)

http://www.weikels.com/

There is also Lockart for BBQ

http://video.klru.tv/video/1632333652/

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