As you drive through the rolling Texas hills, the smell of masterfully-made BBQ will sweep through the windows and beg you to pull into the charming town of Johnson City. The home of our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson, this town is filled with mouthwatering dining options, family-friendly adventures, and the rustic beauty of the Pedernales River. Come immerse yourself in the welcoming Texas hospitality and explore the natural charm of this Hill Country destination.
The ideal spot for those looking to mix the small-town feel with plenty of outdoor excursions, Johnson City offers something for solo travelers to dive into, as well as larger groups to enjoy. Fill your days with hiking and river rafting, and your nights with BBQ and line dancing when you stay in one of our Johnson City vacation rentals!
Just under 50 miles west of the eclectic city of Austin and 30 miles east of the world-renowned wineries of Fredericksburg,
Johnson City is located in the heart of Blanco County and gives visitors a wide range of local attractions and fun to dive into.
No trip to Johnson City would be complete without a trip to the famous Ronnie's Ice House Barbecue. This one-time convenience store started selling BBQ and slowly but surely, the BBQ side of the operation took over nearly the whole place! Pile your plate high with smoky brisket, house-made sausages, and definitely leave room for the banana pudding.
Get outdoors and work off some of the indulgent food with a trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. Grab a refreshing drink at one of the vending machines, then head down to the rocks to do a bit of climbing before cooling off in the swimming area. Slide down the natural rock slides into the waiting cool water, then enjoy a picnic by the gently flowing river.
Pick up a stick of the famed Whittington’s Beef Jerky before you head out to Vaaler Creek Golf Club for a day on the links. Designed to accent the beauty of Texas Hill Country, this course offers scenic greens and easy access for visitors. Afterward, take everyone over to Pecan Street Brewing for an ice-cold beer and Pecan Street Pecan Sweet Chicken, topped with honey butter and pecans! You'll sleep well in your vacation rental with a full stomach.
Spend a day touring the majestic wineries of Fredericksburg and dive into the Texas wine scene. Unwind with a picnic at Grape Creek Vineyards, and make sure you grab a bottle or two to take back home. Sip their refreshing Pinot Grigio before sampling the rich Cabernet Sauvignon in a setting that is crafted to mimic an Italian villa.
Take your group to see the Capitol Building in Austin, and take a tour to learn about the storied past of the Lonestar State. See the rich culture of art and expression at the Blanton Museum of Art before heading over to the ever-changing Graffiti Wall. If the Longhorns are playing at home, catch a football game after the tailgate at the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium.
Fill your next Texas adventure with the state's national wonders, epic dining, and historic sites all bundled in the charm of Johnson City. No matter what time of year you come to visit, our vacation rentals in Johnson City will be waiting to help you make your lifelong memories.
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