Texas’s famed hill country is a bucolic, rumpled terrain marked by wooded canyons cut by spring-fed rivers. It’s also laced with endless miles of appealing two-lane blacktop—and, best of all, it’s quirky. One minute you’ll see a vista of bluebonnets and the next a sign advertising “Emu Oil, Next Exit” or “Cowboys for Christ Silent Auction.”
The Hill Country begins just north of Austin, continues south to San Antonio, and sweeps west some 200 miles (322 kilometers) before the land begins to flatten out. Follow a route linking state and U.S. secondary highways, which lead to a series of colorful towns fit for dawdling.