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Old 12-31-2020, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Addison, TX
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COVID is very bad in Texas. I would wait to visit.
I visited Texas *AND* made a cross-country move to Texas just fine during COVID. It's all about taking the proper precautions.

*I didn't come here thinking I would be going out to eat, party, etc. (I only do drive-thru and carry out).

*I didn't board any planes and only traveled with those who were living under my roof.

*I always have on a KN95 mask when I'm out in public (including when I'm at the drive-thru window).

*I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my cup holder to use immediately after going into places like pet shops, grocery stores, etc.
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Old 01-01-2021, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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do you mean Fredericksburg?Because i dont think ive heard of Frederickson.
Teehee. Yes! Thank you! Not too familiar with the state so I’m still learning. Heh
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Old 01-01-2021, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Is this like a “we’re looking at houses” trip too or just “let’s find fun touristy things to do” trip? If it’s the first find a realtor in the SA and Austin area.
It doesn't sound like either. It seems as though they want to get the feel for these areas to see which place they enjoy being in the most, so they can make a decision on which area they would like to move to.
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Old 01-01-2021, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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You might want to skip something (Kyle and Marble falls maybe) and explore the area of Hill Country southwest of San Antonio, like Bandera, Utopia, or around here: https://www.visituvaldecounty.com/
Thank you for the recommendation!
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Is work, job markets, or traffic a factor. What kind of budget are yall looking at?

Yall are spending a lot of time in the Austin metro area and closely surrounding areas the 23-26th. You can probably clear out a day or two of that itinerary like so:

21 - Drive to SA

22 - SA. Stay the night on the Riverwalk for the tourist experience. Or stay the night in an appealing part of the city for more of a "resident" experience. I'd recommend north SA or far northwest near Six Flags.

23 - Fredricksburg and Kerrville, (HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Kerrville is one of the least talked about and underrated cities in TX.) I would also recommend skipping Marble Falls all together, (more on this in a bit). Start in Kerrville, coming from SA for breakfast and the rest of the morning/ lunch, then head over to Fredricksburg. This will take you back in the direction towards New Braunfels/ San Marcos. However, Marble Falls will make you backtrack a bit, going back to New Braunfels. ***(Consider skipping Marble Falls all together. It is a decent small town, with nice lakefront access. However, it really isn't anything special or unique, and the scenery isn't really the best. Everywhere else on the list is definitely worth spending more time in. If you do skip it, consider stopping by Boerne for breakfast on the way to Kerrville, then have lunch in Kerrville, and dinner in Fredricksburg. Boerne is a very nice suburb of SA with rolling hills and an awesome town square/center/downtown. Or, just spend the day in Kerrville and Fredricksburg, allowing yall to have more time in both.)***

24 - New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Kyle. ***(New Braunfels and San Marcos are only 20 miles apart but feel very different. San Marcos feels much busier than New Braunfels and more congested. It is a large college town and "suburb" of Austin. Although New Braunfels is a suburb of San Antonio, it feels much more as its own little city with everything you need and is very nice and kept up. You can skip Kyle if you want. It is a busy suburb of Austin and there isn't much to see. It is a nice suburb with a bunch of sprawl and a few shopping centers about 20 miles outside of downtown Austin. I bought my house there. It is like any nice, overgrowing suburb in Anywhere, USA.)***

25 - Austin. (There is a lot to do here so either stay the night in Austin on the 24th or you can book a hotel in Kyle since you are checking out New Braunfels and San Marcos the day before. Kyle is on the way back up to Austin. This will knock out two birds with one stone since you wanted to check Kyle out.)

26 - Start heading back to Dallas. This gives you a day to check out any other areas you may have wanted to, that you didn't think you had the time for. Some of the places I would recommend are Temple, Waco, and Ft. Worth. Temple and Waco are on the way back up to DFW. I'd say take a quick drive through Temple, spend some time in Waco, and maybe stay the night in Ft. Worth.

27 - Breakfast in Ft. Worth, then Dallas.

28 - Fly out

I tried to plan it out in a way to where yall will drive down to SA and then check out areas in which each stop will take you closer and closer back up to DFW aside from that little backtrack going from Marble Falls back down to New Braunfels if you decide to go there.


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Now as far as recommendations, DFW, Austin and SA are all even to me and at the top of the list. Each city is different and feels like its own city with its own unique characteristics. So this will all be a matter of personal preference.

Of the Smaller areas in this order, I like New Braunfels the most, then Kerrville, San Marcos, Fredricksburg, Waco, Temple, and lastly Marble Falls.

Now for my last little bit of advice: Personally, I'd skip out on Houston. There is a huge Dallas vs Houston debate between Texans. But to me, both cities are the same, giant, sprawling, affordable, metropolis with huge freeways and tons of big skyscrapers, big international airports, have great food and are both very diverse. The only difference is one is in a prairie is colder, is in tornado alley, and is based around finance and distribution. The other is in a coastal plain/ piney forest, is warmer, more humid, has hurricanes, floods frequently, and is based around the oil/gas and energy sector. Dallas and Houston residents wouldn't want to hear this but it is honestly the truth but saying this can cause a s***show of an argument. I love both cities and they are both great. However, I would choose DFW over Houston, due to the weather more than anything.
This is all so very helpful! You are awesome. Thank you for the help with itinerary and all the tips and information!! I'm definitely going to use a lot of this to plan. My girlfriend lives in Frisco and I've been to Dallas a few times so I'm more familiar with that area so I think we'll just do that for the 27th and fly out on the 28th. I'm really attracted to SA and Austin area from pictures and what I read but since we've never been there, I think that would help a lot!
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Primary purpose of trip?

Tourist? (If you plan to move to Texas, you don't have to hit all the tourist sites this trip) besides, you can make more trips, specifically for tourist events (Festivals) when 'normal' returns... even while living in TX,
Community survey? (Potential places / regions to live)
House hunting? (Price range?)

Requirements:
commute? (To job, school, medical, college, airport, services, entertainment / recreation venues?)

If you like water, do check out the lakes (there are a lot near Dalllas and a few within Hill Country)
If LIVING near the water is important, you can tailor your trip with that focus, if a variety of water sports is important, you can survey the options.
https://www.kwhillcountry.com/news/w...enjoy-summer1/
https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-lakes-texas/
https://texashighways.com/things-to-...m-texas-lakes/

Several Hill Country friends have PT homes at Buchanan Lake. (might be too far 'out' for a visit on a time constrained trip., but a good 'destination' for water sports and wildlife (eagle nesting tours).

BTW:
I would swing by Canyon Lake (nice drive up Guadalupe River from Gruene)
and Wimberley, but would avoid an out-of-the-way-trip to Medina Lake (drought yr(s) = very low water level)
Marble Falls is worth 10 - 20 min stop since it has decent waterfront / river access.


If visiting in January, (short daylight, possibly cold nights) consider talking the longer drives during the dark, and the scenic drives / towns during day. Stay overnight in the 'fun' towns (Fredericksburg is happening on weekends, bit dormant during the winter weeknights.) Luckenbach is only a few minute detour near Fredericksburg. If you take a loop from SA, swing by Boerne, Bandera, and Comfort, TX on your way to Fredericksburg, then the other direction towns toward Austin (Johnson City, Marble Falls, Wimberley, Dripping Springs).


If you are coming for fun... have FUN! (Don't keep too busy, save time for 'detours'.

There are some superb rural farm stays in Hill Country!!! some on very beautiful rivers.

ps. from above comment...Kerrville is one of the least talked about and underrated cities in TX.
(We have (several) rural income homes near Kerrville / Medina Pass.) It is our alternative location During PNW wet winters. Very close to many venues and much great recreation.
There is a really nice riverwalkway (Nature Center) there. Quite pretty river views near Hunt, TX

As a place to live... Kerrville has some challenges (lots of rehab facilities), / 2 class society = but actually very accepting of outsiders (unlike Fredericksburg and New Braunfels). If looking for home and sitting with big bucks, drive through Commanche Trace neighborhood (Not gated, very nice) Scenic clubhouse cafe. Nearby Camp Verde is another 'quaint' stop, (for late breakfast / lunch)

When traveling to learn about relocating we always stay with local people, not in Hotels. and ask a LOT of questions. (everywhere you go)
This is all so helpful and informative! Thank you. And I will definitely check out those blogs about the lakes. I'm a lakes girl for sure, which is part of why Texas seems like a more attractive option than Arizona.

To answer your questions:

Primary purpose of trip? For my husband to visit Texas (as he's never been and it's hard to consider a move if you've never been somewhere) and to check out different areas in Texas. Not tourist stuff. Definitely community survey and to get a feel for culture, amenities, etc.

Requirements:
commute? Definitely want to be near an airport, as we travel a lot for work and pleasure. We both work from home so commute to a job isn't particularly important. We have two middle schoolers so good schools are preferable and buses that will take them there (if I have to drive, it's not the end of the world though). We are big outdoorsy people and hiking is absolutely necessary to my life! So I'd prefer to be near a lot of parks or public outdoor spaces, a nice variety in landscape, maybe some challenging terrain here and there (but not required). I've never lived in a rural place, just suburbs and city. The burbs are BORING so I'd prefer to be near things (walking distance to even a small downtown would be nice but not a necessity. I just don't want to have to drive 20 minutes every time I need to pick up a gallon of milk).
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Is this like a “we’re looking at houses” trip too or just “let’s find fun touristy things to do” trip? If it’s the first find a realtor in the SA and Austin area. If you’re at the point of deciding be ready to even put in an offer on a house in the Austin metro (from Hays to Williamson county). Given the pandemic, homes are going in 2-3 days. (Helping my family right now and we’ve missed out on several homes recently). If it is an adventure trip consider the Valero or Salado Creek Greenbelt as a fun little walk in San Antonio. The Riverwalk is funish, but not amazing. In Austin, try a similar walk around Ladybird Lake. If you do go to the Hill Country find a stage park and make a reservation for some outdoor time. Id get a reservation at Enchanted Roxk if I were you. I tried to get one a few weeks ago for today and they were booked. (Glad I didn’t, the weather is a mess today).
It's a community survey type of trip. My husband has never been to Texas, I've only been to the Dallas area (and SA for a couple days on base), and we still are undecided between Texas and Arizona. We're hoping this trip will help us get a feel for Texas and help us make the decision between the two states.

Thank you so much for the info!! I appreciate it!!
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I would agree, too. The chance of your home getting by a tornado in DFW is far less than the chance of your home getting flooded by a hurricane in Houston.

You really need to decide where you'll be living before you can come and look. Since DFW, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are the major job centers in the state, one of those cities is likely where you will be living. As much as we all love the Hill Country, there are very few jobs there that are not tourism-based, so the likelihood of being able to live in Fredericksburg or Marble Falls is very low. (If this is a retirement move, then that's another story entirely as those are both very popular places for retirees!)
Unfortunately we're not familiar enough with Texas to know where we'd want to live (my husband has never been there). So that's why we're coming - to get a taste of it and hopefully that will help us decide between Texas and Arizona! And then maybe another trip is in order once we've narrowed down the area (although on paper, we're attracted to SA and Austin the most).
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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It doesn't sound like either. It seems as though they want to get the feel for these areas to see which place they enjoy being in the most, so they can make a decision on which area they would like to move to.
Yes! Exactly that.
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Old 01-01-2021, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I would recommend the following:
21: Drive to the Waco area (ease into your trip after flying and explore one more area of the state)
22: Georgetown/Austin
23: Wimberley/Canyon Lake/New Braunfels
24: San Antonio
25: Boerne/Kerrville
26: Fredericksburg/Marble Falls
27: Glen Rose/Granbury/Fort Worth Area
28: Return Home


If you don’t want to live in the actual city then I would limit my time spent there. Maybe a day in each so you get a general vibe of the main hub for the smaller communities you would be seeking to live. This would be the most efficient route and allow you to see a lot of towns and hopefully allow you to narrow your search to a couple specific cities for a follow up visit where you can spend a few days in each to get a better feel.
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