How to Have the Best Weekend Road Trip From Houston

Sometimes you need to mix things up, get away from your hometown, and explore a nearby destination. It’s a great way to take a break from your daily life without breaking the bank on expensive flights. If you’re looking for the best weekend road trip from Houston, you should visit Wimberley, TX. Our central location in the Texas Hill Country is ideal for exploring nearby cities and attractions. During your trip, make Cypress Creek Cottages your hub. And, use our free Texas Hill Country Itinerary to save hours of planning. We’ve already done the work for you! 

Take a Fun-Filled Weekend Road Trip from Houston to Wimberley

This small town is a little piece of heaven in Texas Hill Country. Wimberley is never short on entertainment. There’s plenty of great hiking trails in the area, including the Cypress Creek Nature Preserve and Blue Hole Regional Park. If you’re a water lover, take a dip in a natural swimming hole or go tubing down the San Marcos River. There’s also a plethora of yummy eateries and local shopping spots. 

Navigation Tips

Wimberley is about 3 hours from Houston.

Hop on IH-10 and take the Luling exit. Follow the road signs for Highway 80 to San Marcos. You’ll drive through San Marcos, then turn right on RR 12. Follow signs for Wimberley. When you hit the junction of RR 12 and 32, follow RR 12 to the right for about six miles until you reach Wimberley. 

Check Out These Stops Along the Way

Hamilton Pool Preserve

This historic, natural swimming hole is located in Dripping Springs, TX. During wet months, the Hamilton Creek spills water over walls of limestone, creating a gorgeous waterfall. Below, the pool’s water levels stay constant, so it’s always the perfect time for a swim. 

Salt Lick BBQ

This iconic barbecue joint in Driftwood, TX, was featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Visitors are fascinated by the giant fire pit in the middle of the restaurant where they smoke brisket, sausage, and other mouthwatering meats.   

Devil’s Backbone Overlook

This scenic overlook in Canyon Lake provides an unbeatable panoramic view of Texas Hill Country. Come at sunrise or sunset to capture some fantastic photos.  

Take a Day Trip From Wimberley

During your weekend getaway from Houston to Wimberley, stay at Cypress Creek Cottages. Our laidback country cabins are less than five minutes from the historic Wimberley Town Square. Our location is within short driving distance from other amazing cities, making us the ultimate hub to Texas Hill Country. If you’re interested in taking day trips during your stay, you have plenty of options! 

San Marcos

Only a 23-minute drive from Wimberley.

Things to do: Take a glass-bottom boat tour of Spring Lake, sip on a green chile IPA at Middleton Brewing, go tubing down the San Marcos River


Only a 55-minute drive from Wimberley.

Things to do: Listen to live music at one of Austin’s oldest bars — the Little Longhorn Saloon, explore Austin’s iconic murals, indulge in brunch at Holy Roller


Only a 30-minute drive from Wimberley.

Things to do: Dance the night away to country music at Gruene Hall, try a new wine at The Grapevine, pick up a souvenir at the Gruene General Store

San Antonio

Only an hour and 15 minutes from Wimberley.

Things to do: Rent a bike and ride along the River Walk, visit the world’s largest bat colony at the Natural Bridge Caverns, gaze at exotic plants and desert greenery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Cypress Creek Cottages Is Your Hill Country Headquarters

Make your weekend road trip from Houston the best it can be by staying at Cypress Creek Cottages.

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You can easily visit sensational cities nearby, as well as explore the charming city of Wimberley. From fabulous restaurants to unique shopping to exciting outdoor activities, there’s always something to do here. 

Rest your head in Cottage 9 — our Amethyst Cottage. This designer-decorated home faces the creek and features a fireplace, BBQ grill, and a private hot tub and deck. The cottage can accommodate up to six guests, so whether your road trip is with your family, significant other, or group of friends, everyone can sleep comfortably. Check our availability and start planning your adventure today! 

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