Texas is America’s second-largest state and offers a great number of the most charming towns, thriving cities and stunning landscapes. All of the Texas regions feature an economy with its own characteristics, a varied geography and a highly divers culture.
We’ve been looking around in the great state of Texas and, to our humble opinion, found the towns and cities listed below pretty charming and attractive.
So check out our list of the most charming and beautiful Texas towns in Texas you really should visit when you’re in the Lone Star State. This is part one of our series about interesting Texas towns: Fredericksburg, Jefferson, and Wimberley
The town of Fredericksburg is located some 70 miles north of San Antonio and is the county seat of Gillespie County. The town has a population of nearly 11,000, was founded in 1846, and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia.
It’s a very popular town in the Texas Hill Country, and in the quaint little town you can find many signs of the strong German culture and influences.
The town’s historic district was listed in Texas’ National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and offers a wealth of antique stores, picturesque shops, good restaurants, and charming inns.
Fredericksburg boasts three Historic Dance Halls: Sisterdale, Albert, and Luckenbach. In Fredericksburg history is alive and well. You can experience the town’s rich heritage at the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm and the impressive Pioneer Museum Complex.
These are the sites that tell and illustrate the story of Fredericksburg’s German settlers right there in the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg is proud of its native two sons who had an important impact on many national and international affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States, and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
Visit also the National Museum of the Pacific War, including the Admiral Nimitz Museum, and explore the ranch of LBJ and the Texas White House in nearby Stonewall, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Enchanted Rock, the huge pink granite rock which is found some 20 miles north of charming Fredeicksburg.
Jefferson, located some 17 miles north of Marshall, close to the Texas-Louisiana state line, is the county seat of Marion County in East Texas. The beautiful and charming little town has a population of just over 2,000 and is a popular tourist destination,
Jefferson boasts attractions such as the Sterne Fountain, Jay Gould’s Railroad car, Excelsior House, the Jefferson Carnegie Library, and the House of the Four Seasons.
Impressive are the town’s Big Cypress Bayou that are found all across the town. Jefferson is also referred to as the Bed and Breakfast capital of Texas and the town’s economy thrives mainly on the tourist industry. Visitors come here to enjoy Jefferson’s history and there are also many outdoor activities in the area including open-air riverboat trips where the town’s colorful past will come to live again. Every year, the town is host to quite a few fun events, such as the Barbecue Cookoff and the Holiday Light Trail.
You can also relax in in a horse-drawn carriage ride, take a ghost tours, marvel at the many antique shops, or enjoy great food in one of the town’s many restaurants. The town is steeped in history, and it boasts more than seventy historic landmarks and several museums. The town has beautifully restored buildings and well-preserved homes, and visiting Jefferson means you’ll take take a journey back in time to the 19th century.
Wimberley is located in Hays County, almost 30 miles southwest of the State capital Austin and some 45 miles northeast of San Antonio. Wimberley has a population of just over 2,600 and the town was originally a trading post. In 1874 the town received its name after Pleasant Wimberley. The quaint little town is the perfect location for beautiful sightseeing and a peaceful escape.
The stunning beauty of Cypress Creek, the gently winding Blanco River, and astounding Lone Man Creek have attracted many artists and people who wanted to escape city life. The Texas Hill Country offers a unique setting and Wimberley is right at the center of all that beauty.
At the Edwards Plateau you can find a wide variety of abundant wildlife and natural fauna, so the area is perfect for people who love nature. For many years now, Wimberley has attracted many musicians, artists, and writers, and quaint shops, art galleries, and performing arts venues are showcasing local talent all year round.
The town’s hotspot for shoppers and antique lovers is Wimberley Square with all its artists’ shops and antique galleries. Wimberley has many inns, cottages, cabins, and bed and breakfasts, and because of the town’s location, on Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, there’s also a vast array of outdoor recreational activities offered.
This is the place for fishing, hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, and horseback riding. Many tourists visit Wimberley on the first Saturday of the month to check out the Wimberley Market.