Come explore the Texas Hill Country and Wildflowers with us. Behind the shops and dining, you can feel the authentic German soul and see reminders of the heritage in the historic buildings. Escaping the cooler weather of Kansas, we are on the lookout for those spring flowers blooming in the Texas Hill Country.
Texas Hill Country & Wildflowers
March 23-28, 2024
Day 1: On this cool spring morning we make our way to Texas Hill Country. This afternoon we visit Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry. Our overnight in Fort Worth.
Day 2: Today we make our way south to Fredericksburg Texas, the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We get an introduction to Fredericksburg’s downtown area, it was designated a National Historic District. While there are over 700 historically significant structures in this historic district alone, these 30 sites offer a flavor of the Fredericksburg story and architectural evolution. We will finish off our day with dinner and entertainment. Our hotel is in Fredericksburg for the next 3 nights. (B, D)
Day 3: Far from the Pacific Ocean and the islands where much of World War II in the Pacific was fought, Fredericksburg, Texas seems an unlikely location for the National Museum of the Pacific War. The story of the Museum’s origin began on Main Street when Chester William Nimitz was born. The National Museum of the Pacific War is a museum that was founded to honor Fredericksburg’s native son and Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, Pacific Ocean Area. It is recognized today as a world-class, cultural institution with Smithsonian Affiliate. Outside is the Japanese Garden of Peace. A gift from the people of Japan to the people of the United States, the Garden symbolizes the complicated but firm friendship between the two countries. You will have time for lunch and shopping in their downtown district. This afternoon a local step-on guide enlightens us about this German town. Next, we visit the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the grounds and a glimpse into the daily lives of the German pioneers of the Texas Hill Country. It features historic homesteads and buildings donated by founding families of Gillespie County. (B, D)
Day 4: Today we visit a real working wildflower farm spanning over 200 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their display gardens and walking trails are surrounded by lush vineyards located on the migratory path of both butterflies and hummingbirds. Then it is off to Luckenbach Texas. The front facade of Luckenbach’s former post office/general store is one of the most famous views of the town. With a gigantic live oak tree out front, it’s a classic sight in the Texas Hill Country. You can browse the general store, walk all the way through, and you’ll find yourself in Luckenbach’s saloon, enjoy some live music under the trees. (B, L)
Day 5: This morning we visit Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. A park ranger will tell us why it remains one of the most popular things to do in Fredericksburg. Tonight, enjoy downtown Grapevine with its many shops and restaurants. (B, L)
Day 6: Today we visit the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. This museum is dedicated to the 39 Native tribes living in the State of Oklahoma. It tells the story of the "First Americans" living here for thousands of years. Then it’s off to Yoder, reminiscing about our wonderful trip to Texas Hill Country. (B)