LBJ Ranch - "The Texas White House"

Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour (departing San Antonio)

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Tour the beautiful Texas Hill Country with its peach, pecan and olive orchards; vineyards, wildflowers and LBJ's boyhood home along with the LBJ Ranch

Highlights

Explore the scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country and learn about Texas cowboys and the Great Trail Texas cattle drives. Visit LBJ's ranch and take a guided tour of the "Texas White House," with a National Park Service tour guide. See award-winning wineries & orchards, then visit Fredericksburg, a historic & picturesque German town. Shop & have lunch at an authentic German restaurant & biergarten (optional), or explore the home of Admiral Chester Nimitz & the National Museum of the Pacific War (optional). Experience the magic & music that is Luckenbach, Texas.

Inclusions

  • Hotel Pick-up at selected downtown hotels and certain suburban hotels
  • Admission to the optional tour of LBJ's boyhood home & museum
  • Admission to the optional tour of the "Texas White House"

Exclusions

  • Admission to the Nimitz Museum & the National Museum of the Pacific War (WWII Veterans: free; Adults: $14; Seniors 65 : $12; Military with ID (active or retired): $10; children 6 and students w/ID: $7; Children 5 & under: free
  • Wine Tasting fees - if wine tasting option is chosen in advance
  • Gratuities

Please Note

  • Bring water
  • Eat breakfast beforehand
  • Tour duration may vary based on traffic, weather, day of week, length of stops at LBJ National Park Visitor Center in Johnson City and/or LBJ Ranch Tour

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Mar 20 2017
This stop was really interesting as it was during his presidency tha Civil Rights took a big step forward. The LBJ ranch home was interesting. The ranger did a great job.
Feb 26 2017
Ray is a great driver, very knowledgeable and kept us entertained throughout our tour.
Feb 23 2017
Good introduction to hill country
Feb 21 2017
The Hill Country trip was great. Driver Ray was knowledgeable and congenial.
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itinerary

ITINERARY

Travel along the beautiful, scenic backroads of the Texas Hill Country, with a stop at Johnson City where you'll visit LBJ's boyhood home. Only a short distance away is the town of Stonewall, the peach capital of Texas and home to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Enjoy a tour of the LBJ Ranch, located along the picturesque Pedernales River.

During your tour, you will discover how the German migration of the 1840s and 1850s influenced the development of this picturesque area. You will hear about the role of the Texas cowboy and the great cattle drives from South Texas to mid-western markets, and you'll learn about the legacies of both LBJ—America’s 36th President—and Lady Bird, his beloved wife.

We will visit the old German town of Fredericksburg, where you can visit the Nimitz Museum & National Museum of the Pacific War. If you prefer, you can shop and eat lunch at an authentic German biergarten, or go to a wine tasting. This Fredericksburg part of the tour is flexible, so you can do whatever pleases you!

We will stop and take in the storied musical history of the colorful town of Luckenbach, made world-famous by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Hondo Crouch, and many more artists and colorful characters.

Finally, we will discuss the development of the Texas wine industry as we drive through Texas vineyards and visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries.
We’ll be traveling from San Antonio, now the 7th largest city in the US, to the north, up US Highway 281 into the heart of the great German migration of the 19th century.

We will stop for a break in Johnson City at the National Park Services’ Visitor Center and Boyhood Home of President LBJ.

After our brief stop in Johnson City, we will head west to tour the beautiful LBJ Ranch and Texas White House on the Pedernales River.

After the LBJ Ranch, we will head further west to Fredericksburg, where you will have 1 to 2 hours of time on your own to eat lunch, taste local wine, shop, taste local beer, try the local whiskey, or just sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.

From Fredericksburg we will drive past vineyards on our way to legendary Luckenbach, Texas—where "everybody’s somebody."

From Luckenbach we will take a scenic route through the Texas Hill Country, through Sisterdale and its Sister Creek Winery, through another quaint German town of Boerne, and then on back to San Antonio.

Tour duration may vary based on traffic, weather, day of week, length of stops at LBJ National Park Visitor Center in Johnson City and/or LBJ Ranch Tour

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Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.