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Five Central Texas Adventures Calling Your New Car

If you’re thinking of buying a new car for that next stage in your life, then you’re probably dreaming of all the places that car will lead you. And when you live in Central Texas, that means mouthwatering flavors, unforgettable family experiences, and a feeling of absolute freedom. Ready to hit the road? As always, UFCU can help you navigate. Here are a few Central Texas adventures for whatever life you want to live.

1. BBQ Crusade

Celebrated worldwide for its glorious smoked meats, Central Texas offers a mecca for barbecue aficionados and novice foodies alike. So when you get the keys to your dream car, you’d be wise to make a “pit” stop or two. Savor Lockhart’s legendary beef ribs. Pick up some links of Elgin’s famous sausage. Or fill your belly — and feed your soul — with brisket in Austin. What better way to christen your new ride than with this holiest of Texas journeys?

2. River Trip

From kayaking the Comal in New Braunfels to floating lazily down the Guadalupe in San Marcos, Central Texas has a water recreation adventure for everyone. Load up your spacious new ride with river gear, snacks, and plenty of H2O, and GPS your ideal route to rejuvenation. And if swimming holes are more your speed, pat the kiddos down with gobs of sunscreen and splash into Wimberley’s picturesque Blue Hole. See y’all on the water!

3. Urban Excursion

With a year-round lineup of music and arts festivals, limitless dining and shopping opportunities, and a bounty of urban trails and waterways, adventure abounds in Austin. So consider breaking in your dream car with a capital city excursion. Venture from the 360 Bridge overlook to the neon lights of South Congress and fill your day with hikes at Barton Creek Greenbelt, downtown happy hours, east side mural photo ops, or whatever else floats your stand-up-paddleboard.

4. Dance Hall Crawl

Boasting the reputation of “Live Music Capital of the World” (and, rightfully so), Austin’s certainly got a music scene all its own. But if you’re looking for an undeniably authentic Texas music experience, we highly recommend a driving tour of the Hill Country’s historic dance halls. Two-step your way down to the country music “town” of Luckenbach. Check out the old school Twin Sisters dance hall in Blanco. Or follow the tire tracks of icons like Willie Nelson to the famously intimate Gruene Hall.

5. Hill Country Cruise

Don’t have a single “Point B” in mind? Then take your new wheels on a windows-down Hill Country joyride. Drift over to Driftwood via the scenic Farm to Market Road 1826, just south of Austin. Cruise the storied “Devil’s Backbone” loop from San Marcos to Canyon Lake and stop for hauntingly beautiful mountain overlooks. Or ride along lush rolling hills through Fredericksburg’s charming wine country. Bring your favorite friend, family member, or canine companion, and you’re in for one happy haul.

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