Austin lies about 60 miles south of Fort Hood and can be reached by taking Interstate 35 south. It is the capital of Texas, with nearly 948,000 residents.
Austin’s attraction has much to do with its cultural and recreational scenes. Tourists in Austin can enjoy the famous Sixth Street nightlife, hiking and biking trails, the University of Texas campus, Barton Springs (a 3-acre, spring-fed pool), the Austin Symphony Orchestra, ballet, the theater and the popular Capitol 10,000, the largest 10K in Texas.
For more information, visit the convention and visitors bureau at www.austintexas.org or call 512-474-5171.
Dallas is northeast of the Fort Hood military reservation and can be reached by taking Interstate 35E north to the intersection of Interstate 30. The city is about 160 miles from Fort Hood and is the county seat of Dallas County, with a population of more than 1.3 million.
The Dallas area offers the tourist shopping, recreation, arts and culture, family fun and the best in professional sports. Dallas is home to the Dallas Cowboys football team (five-time Super Bowl champions), Dallas Mavericks basketball, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey (1999 Stanley Cup champions) and FC Dallas soccer. The city also hosts the Byron Nelson golf tournament.
For more information, call the city’s tourism organization at 214-571-1000 or go to www.visitdallas.com.
Fort Worth sits about 30 miles west of Dallas and about 160 miles north of Fort Hood. Settled in 1849 as an Army outpost at a fork of the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks.
Fort Worth’s businesses manufacture a variety of goods, from handcrafted saddles to F-16 fighter aircraft. World-class museums offer everything from agricultural exhibits to world-class masterpieces. The city is home to the famous Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It is also home to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, which looks much the same as it did more than 100 years ago when Exchange Avenue was filled with cattle bound for the Kansas packinghouses and railroad yards. For the ultimate cowboy experience, visit Fort Worth, “Where the West Begins.”
For more information on Fort Worth, visit the city’s chamber of commerce at www.fortworthchamber.com or call 817-336-2491.
Georgetown is 25 miles north of Austin on Interstate 35. Known for its small-town charm, Georgetown offers an exciting weekend getaway for the whole family.
Georgetown offers a variety of attractions, including the Inner Space Cavern, one of the best preserved caves in Texas. The historic downtown square has more than 30 unique shops where you can find that one-of-a-kind gift at any of the specialty, antique or gift shops. A variety of dining on the Square, from Cajun cuisine to coffeehouses, can meet any taste.
For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.georgetownchamber.org or call 512-930-3535.
San Antonio lies southwest of the Fort Hood military reservation and can be reached by taking Interstate 35 south about 150 miles until it intersects with Interstate 37 at downtown San Antonio.
San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 1.5 million and one of the top tourist destinations in the country. San Antonio has never lost touch with its heritage while keeping pace with a fast-changing world. Entertainment options are virtually limitless, and many things to see and do in San Antonio are available at little or no cost. Theme parks are fast becoming the most popular of San Antonio’s destinations. Other activities include soaking in the culture of the River Walk while enjoying a guided boat ride, taking in the proud history of The Alamo or cheering at a home game for the NBA’s Spurs.
For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.sachamber.org or call 210-229-2100.
Right on the beaten path between Austin and San Antonio is beautiful New Braunfels. With the scenic Texas Hill Country as its backdrop and the clear Comal River as its centerpiece, this charming city of German heritage is a great place for family fun. The city offers residents and visitors a variety of attractions, including the Schlitterbahn Water Park, the Historic Outdoor Art Museum, performing arts and more.
For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.innewbraunfels.com or call 800-572-2626.
Waco, in McLennan County, sits on the beautiful Brazos River in the “Heart of Texas.” Interstate 35, which runs through the center of the city, allows accessibility for tourism and business travel. Waco lies about 65 miles northeast of Fort Hood.
The city is home to a symphony orchestra, Cameron Park Zoo, the Hawaiian Falls Waco water park, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Waco Mammoth National Monument.
For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.wacochamber.com or call 254-757-5600.