Conde Nast Traveler shares the ins and outs of visiting the Texas Hill Country.
"Although it's barely 20 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas Hill Country feels like another state—or fictional land—altogether. In the plains and valleys between limestone and granite hills, towns like Dripping Springs, Johnson City, and Lockhart lay claim to local breweries, the “Texas White House,” tumbleweed towns with the wafting aroma of smoked brisket, and bright-blue waterways that look more Caribbean than Texan. This is also the geographic nexus where Southeast topography collides with that of the Southwest—the landscape is studded with prickly pear cacti, mesquite, pecan trees, and wildflowers in a kaleidoscope of colors. Suffice to say, Hill Country is a vibe all its own."