Cruise America provides Austin RV rentals for those who want to explore the many sites and attractions of Austin and the surrounding area.
While in the city, there are a myriad of things to see and do. You can park your rental motorhome in one of the many beautiful RV parks in or near the city, and explore what the town has to offer. For instance, you could visit Lady Bird Lake, formerly known as Town Lake. This is a section of the Austin Lake that flows for five miles through the center of Austin. There are boats, paddleboards and kayak rentals available, as well as 10 miles of hiking trails. These trails provide exquisite views of the lake, as well as the Austin Skyline. As a note of interest, the lake was named after former First Lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson (a longtime resident of Austin), honoring the time and effort she dedicated to beautifying the lake, and incorporating a recreational trail system around the lake’s shoreline. This is just a small sample of what Austin has to offer, but there is a whole different country outside of the dynamic city.
Just west of Austin there is a large region of broken escarpments and valleys. They are referred to as the Hill Country or Edwards Plateau. This area makes for a great excursion in your Cruise America motorhome.
Here are a few ideas for some of these "Hill Country" day trips from the Austin area:
Lake Travis – This is a picturesque impoundment of the Colorado River, colorized with the aquamarine water against the limestone bluffs that surround it. One of the best routes to see the lake is to take the FM 2769 (off of FM 620) to Volente. Be prepared, as there is some pretty white knuckle mountain driving. While up at the lake, you can watch the sun go down while dining at the Oasis Restaurant, known for the beautiful views of the sunsets. In addition There are several parks along the lake, such as Pace Bend and Mansfield Dam, where you will find great swimming and boating.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Region – Once you have finished your Lake Travis excursion, you can continue along the scenic FM 1620 to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. This beautiful 27,500-acre refuge is the habitat of endangered birds, such as the golden checked warbler and the black-capped vireo. You will wind your motorhome around the juniper-covered hills, taking in scenery that can be considered nothing less than breathtaking. If you continue your westward journey, you will come to a beautiful recreational area called Inks Lake State Park. This lake emerges from the Edwards Aquifer, which is why the water is so crystal clear. You will also arrive at another very large Hill Country lake called Buchanan. The public use areas of the refuge (Doeskin Ranch on FM 1174 in Bertram, Warbler Vista 5-miles west of Lago Vista on FM 1431, and the Shin Oak Observation Deck on FM 1869 near Liberty Hill) are open every day from sunrise to sunset, and they are free of charge. You should probably know that pets are not allowed on the refuge grounds.
Llano – Should you travel down highway 29, you will come to a town called Llano, which lays claim to being the "Deer Capital of Texas." Needless to say, you will most likely come across deer in this neck of the woods, especially if you are staying the night in your motorhome. Residents will tell you that there are times when this community, along with neighboring communities, is literally blanketed by the gentle, serene animals. While there, you may want to eat at the well known Cooper's BBQ Restaurant, which, as the name implies, specializes in delicious barbeque. There you are sure to get a tongue-pleaser of a meal. (You should probably know that they are open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.) Before leaving this town, be sure to stop along the river for a great view of the Roy Inks Bridge, an old iron trestle bridge that crosses over the Llano River.
This is not all there is to do around Austin; it is simply one small sampling of where you can take your Cruise America RV rental while visiting the Lone Star State.