While Austin is indisputably the best place in Texas, sometimes change is healthy -- especially when that change involves a road trip (come on, you know you aren't going to do something crazy like move away!). Texas is massive enough that there's something interesting no matter which way you roam. Here are 11 road trip-worthy destinations, all of them within a couple of hours of Austin:
Distance from Austin: 48 miles Southwest; 50-minute drive
Why it made our list: Lazing about in a tube on a cold-spring river is the picture-perfect definition of a Texas vacation, and there’s no better place to do it than in New Braunfels. Head to Texas Tubes to rent your flotation device and settle into the Comal River with canned drinks in hand (it’s still legal). If wine’s your drink of choice, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery is your answer. Known for their Black Spanish wine, you'll find bottle discounts, tours, and plenty to drink.
Pro tip: Stay and play at mega-waterpark New Braunfels Schlitterbahn, with crazy rides like the Black Knight (tubing in the dark) or the six-story-tall Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster -- which is as much fun as it sounds.