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The Most Scenic Drives in Texas

March 22nd, 2015 by Pamela Murski

Scenic Drives in Texas

Scenic Drives in Texas

With the vast size and varied terrain in the great state of Texas there are some amazing Scenic Drives in  Texas.  Washington County is home to three of the  most beautiful and scenic drives in Texas to be found!  All of  these trails  are located near the Murski  Homestead Bed and Breakfast, the perfect home away from  home when travelling through the  beautiful state of Texas!

Texas Independence Trail:  Experience Texas’ struggle for independence and its years as a sovereign republic (1836-1845). The region covers 28 southeast Texas counties as it reaches from Liberty (east of Houston) along the Gulf Coast Galveston to Refugio to San Antonio into the west and to Washington and Bastrop counties in the north. Relive the dynamic history of the spirit of Texas through the story, our fight for independence, as you travel along the trail. The larger-than-life images of explorers, heroes, and settlers such as Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett resonate throughout the trail.

Enjoy festivals, bird sanctuaries, shopping in historic downtowns, metropolitan areas, countrysides blanketed with wildflowers & trees, ranging from lordly pines to mesquite, beaches, lakes, rivers and historic landmarks as you drive across the Independence Trail Region.  Two attractions not to miss on the Independence Trail are Washington On The Brazos Sate Park and San Antonio Missions National Park.

La Bahia Trail:  Designated the first scenic highway in Texas, the La Bahia Trail is now  marked by signs identifying it numerically as HWY  390 extending from Burton to Washington.  Along the way, you’ll go through the villages of Burton, Mount Zion, Gay  Hill, William Penn, and Washington.  Though the trail is beautiful enough to enjoy on  its’ own, there are great attractions along the way such as the Burton Cotton Gin (the  oldest operating gin in the United States), Mount Zion Cemetery dating from the early 1800’s, and of  course, Washington On  The Brazos State Park (known as the Birthplace of Texas and home to a world class museum and living history farm).

Of course, you don’t want to miss the little TExas Ghost Town of  La Bahia, a former village that today consists of a large white building, a cemetery where the German surnames on the tombstones match many of the roads in the immediate area and most of the inscriptions/epitaphs are in German, and scattered residences.  The building is a turn of the century dancehall where dances, parties, wedding receptions and the semi-annual Round Top Antiques Fairs are hosted throughout the year.  The writer of this post grew up dancing in this “German Turnverein” building every weekend to live country-western, boot scootin bands!  Google “turnverein” and you will discover even more fascinating history of the area and its’ German heritage.

Painted Churches Trail:  Between Hill  High and Washington Texas, you will find a scenic drive in Texas that includes the Painted Churches Tour.  The breathtaking Painted Churches  have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and in newspaper features around the state and beyond.
The term “Painted” comes from the elaborate faux-finished interiors – painted by itinerant artists who advertised in church bulletins and newspapers. Several were resident artists in San Antonio. Gold-leafed, stone and polished marble columns and ceilings are (upon closer examination) actually finely-fitted woodwork. The paint – mixed on site – is still vibrant and bright – even after all these years.

The villages  to visit and the corresponding  church  are:

  • Hill Hill – St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Circa 1906)
  • Ammannsville –  St. John the Baptist Church (Circa 1919)
  • Dubina –  Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Circa 1912)
  • Praha – St. Mary’s Church (Circa 1892)
  • Shiner – Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Circa 1920)
  • Plantersville – St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Circa 1873)
  • Wesley – Wesley Brethren Church (Circa 1889)

 

A stay at the bed and breakfast is a perfect ending to your drive down one of our recommended scenic drives of Texas.  Indulge in the bubbling outdoor spa at the  Bed and Breakfast, where guests can wind down and relax after spending the day in their car touring on these magical scenic drives in Texas.  Book your room online today or  call us at 979-830-1021 and start your journey down one of our beautiful scenic drives of Texas!

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