Instagram-Worthy Day Trips from Austin, Texas (Updated 2022)

By |Published On: May 24th, 2022|

We know that Austin, TX is one of the greatest cities in the country. Even though there are many things to see and do in the city, isn’t it nice to get out of town every once-in-awhile for a spontaneous day trip? You’ll be amazed by all the sights and places to visit near Austin.

Best Day Trips from Austin, TX

Here’s a friendly reminder that there are some amazing places to see in Texas OUTSIDE of the city limits. You may think you’ve seen all there is to see in the Texas Hill Country, but here are some other destinations for your next road trip – only a short distance from Austin – that we think you would enjoy.

Jacob’s Well


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We’ll start our trip about 50 minutes southwest of downtown Austin at Jacob’s Well Natural Area. Jacob’s Well is the perfect place to relax on a hot Texas day. This cool, crisp swimming hole leads to a complex network of underwater caves. You may want to dawdle the day away at Jacob’s Well or continue your day trip north to Dripping Springs.

Hamilton Pool

You’ll quickly understand why Hamilton Pool near Dripping Springs is often named one of the most beautiful places in the USA. This tucked-away grotto features pristine water and a picturesque mossy limestone overhang. The only problem with this road trip destination is that you might not want to leave.

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center in Round Mountain

Round Mountain is the next stop on our Instagram-worthy Texas day trip. There, you will enjoy a 76-acre wildlife conservation preserve, which features a 40-foot waterfall. If your trunks haven’t dried out since your last stop, you might as well take a dip in the sapphire pool below the falls.

Round Mountain should not be overlooked! It’s one of the most beautiful regions of West Texas Hill Country.

Enchanted Rock State Park


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You may have already visited Fredericksburg on a weekend getaway, but this time consider bypassing the attractions of the historic downtown to enjoy Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The park’s namesake is a giant granite monolith that extends over 400 feet into the sky. There you can enjoy 11 miles of trails, including one that takes you up to the rock’s summit. Plan on arriving at sunset – the views are breathtaking.

Gorman Falls


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If you still have the energy on your day trip from Austin, visit Colorado Bend State Park. Once there, listen for the sounds of Gorman Falls, an incredible 70-foot waterfall. This hike to the falls is three miles (round trip), but you’ll feel like you are a million miles away from civilization when you visit this Hill Country site.

Why Not Escape to Nature Every Day?

Think about the times of your life when you have felt the most alive –or your most authentic self. If your mind immediately goes to the times you spent in nature, perhaps that says something about your personality.

If you dream of weekend getaways to the country during your workweek, perhaps you should consider moving to a more rural setting. If you currently live in Austin or San Antonio, you should also check out these thoughtfully planned community living options in the up-and-coming Round Mountain city area nearby. You’ll be close to all of the natural wonders we listed in this road trip guide, plus you’ll still have access to some of the greatest cities in the country.