It's 2020 and let's be real, getting around by train has become pretty much obsolete in this day and age. However, when an opportunity arises to ride on the railroad, it's always a great time nonetheless, especially when your view from the train is the Texas Hill Country. This winter, you can sip wine on a Texas train taking you through some of the most gorgeous parts of the state.
All aboard the Austin Steam Train! You'll take off from Cedar Park, travel through the Texas Hill Country and over the South San Gabriel River, and wind up somewhere magical.
This particular train has numerous opportunities to come aboard in both January and February with several chances to take advantage of the train's bar.
Even if the bar isn't open, you'll still have an adventurous day ahead of you.
Coming up on Saturday, January 25 is the Hill Country Flyer, which is almost every weekend in February as well.
Their website has the full list of dates, which you should definitely check out.
The Hill Country Flyer includes the train ride through the Hill Country, a two-hour layover in Burnet where you can grab lunch on your own, and finally a Wild West Gunfight in town.
The 66-mile ride is six hours in total, including the layover, departing at 9 a.m. from the Cedar Park train station and returns at 3 p.m.
Tickets range from $30 to $60 per person.
Now, if you're interested in the train's bar and sipping on wine as you ride past the countryside, you're in luck!
The Hill Country Sip and Shop excursion takes you on the same train ride, only this time you can drink.
Plus, once you've arrived in Burnet, the wine tasting continues in the town while you shop till you drop. Will you drop from wine or shopping? That's up to you!
Hill Country Sip and Shop is on Sunday, January 26 and is $69 per person. The train departs from Cedar Park's train station at 9 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m.
Be sure to check out their Valentine's Day specials as well, it's the perfect plan for a day filled with romance.
Austin Steam Train
Price: 💸 to 💸💸
When: Select dates starting on Saturday, January 25.
Address: 401 E Whitestone Blvd Ste C-100, Cedar Park, TX
Why You Need To Go: There's nothing better than a day spent exploring a part of Texas you've never been to before, while maybe being just slightly buzzed off of wine.