Central Texas has tons to offer, from bustling Sixth Street, to the quiet Main Streets of Hill Country. In every little town and around every downtown corner, it seems there’s an attraction, restaurant or show to take in. Not to mention, there are numerous amazing, fun and novel day trips a short drive from Austin.
If you’re planning a party or you just want to get away, a van charter is a great way to get around on your day trip adventure. A van charter provides you with a personal driver to drive you to your destinations. Plus, you and your guests can spread out and relax as you enjoy your day away.
Where should you go on a van charter day trip in Austin? If you’re looking for a few fun ways to spend a day away from Austin, we’ve got the low-down on our favorite day trips for van charters. Here are the five best trips you can take:
1. Make-Your-Own Brew Tours
The brewing industry in Central Texas is thriving. From Round Rock, to Kyle and of course, in Austin, boutique breweries are popping up, offering fresh, hoppy ales and libations to wet your whistle. A van charter is the best way to tour all the breweries in Central Texas.
You can start north of Austin, taking in Cedar Park’s Whitestone Brewery or Bluebonnet Beer Company in Round Rock. These two award-winning ale houses offer a plenty of beers to sample. Really, though, there is an endless list of breweries to try, including favorites like Two Wheel Brewing in Buda, Save the World Brewing in Marble Falls, and Infamous Brewing out by Lake Travis.
2. Tour the Region’s Waterfalls
A day of basking in the sun makes for the perfect van charter trip. With a chauffeur, you don’t have to worry about driving as you hit all the best swimming holes in Central Texas. Plus, you can sleep on your way home!
Here’s the good news: There are numerous swimming holes and waterfalls to check out, all of which are just a short trip from downtown Austin. Pedernales Falls State Park, for example, offers a relaxing retreat and plenty of crystal blue swimming holes to jump in. McKinney Falls, in Southeast Austin, is another favorite. Or check out Krause Springs, which is another summertime hangout. Fortunately, they’re all within about a 45-minute radius – you can hit them all in one day!
3. Get Your BBQ On
Central Texas serves up the world’s best barbecue. If you ask locals for the best, though, you’re bound to get 15 different answers. The only way to sample all of the great BBQ joints in the area is a day trip tour.
Hit up legendary smokehouses like The Salt Lick in Driftwood, a favorite spot since 1969, or Franklin Barbecue, which Texas Monthly says serves the “best barbecue in the known universe.” The truth is, you have numerous places to check out, from newer joints like la Barbecue, to hole-in-the-wall spots like Kerlin BBQ.
4. Explore Fredericksburg
In Fredericksburg, you’ll find plenty to do, see and taste. The picturesque town, about an hour and a half from Austin, is known for many things: Its German heritage, a plethora of wineries, eclectic shops, art galleries, and great places to eat.
Spend the day touring this beautiful hamlet. You can get delicious German fare at The Auslander, an award-winning restaurant right on the main drag. Becker Vineyards is another favorite destination, serving up great reds and whites. Plus, with plenty of art galleries, shops and the National Museum of the Pacific War to explore, your Fredericksburg itinerary will be jam-packed.
5. Find Your Next Favorite Artist
All of the small towns in Central Texas have vibrant arts communities, and touring all the studios, galleries and shops throughout Hill Country is a great way to spend the day.
Start in Marble Falls, where you’ll find Martha Stafford Fine Art, a gallery featuring the works of Central Texas’s best artists. Just down the street, the Galleries at Pecan Creek is another must-visit studio. You’ll find numerous artisan shops and studios to explore along the way.
Let Us Help You Plan a Day Trip in Austin
Whether you’re planning a birthday party, bachelorette party, or you just want to get away with friends, a van charter (or bus charter) is a great way to get around Central Texas. R&R Limo & Bus offers completely personalized itineraries and a wide range of vehicles for charter. Start planning your day trip today!