Johnson City, a Presidential Hometown, is located in the heartland of the Texas Hill Country, 48 miles west of Austin, 60 miles north of San Antonio, and 30 miles east of Fredericksburg. Johnson City provides the perfect getaway where you can visit our historic areas, enjoy our art galleries, visit our local vineyards, or shop in one of our many stores and boutiques. Better yet... extend your visit to a week and use Johnson City as your hub to the other nearby areas in the Hill Country.
Looking for somewhere to stay while you’re here? No problem- we have numerous hotels, B&B’s, and RV Parks for you to choose from. There is something for everyone in Johnson City! We are home to many fabulous contemporary artists and several extremely high-quality Fine Art Galleries. Many nationally and internationally recognized artists show in our galleries. Be sure to take time to visit our historical area, the LBJ National Historical State Park, which includes LBJ’s boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement. Guided tours are provided at the boyhood home at no cost. Nearby, in Stonewall, you can also visit the Western White House, the home of LBJ and Ladybird, where several rooms are now available to tour. Take time to stop by Whittington’s Jerky, where a visit is a combination of shopping, tasting, truly an event in itself!
You can also explore our State Parks, including Pedernales Falls State Park, located along the banks of the scenic Pedernales River. Also located along the banks of the Pedernales River is our newest park provided for you through the LCRA; The Pedernales River Nature Park, where you can enjoy nature, do a little fishing, or picnic under some gorgeous live oaks on the banks of the Pedernales River. This park is a day use park only and there is no fee.
Shopping is abundant in Johnson City, and there’s something for everyone. While enjoying all the activities available, you’re sure to work up an appetite, and there are several places offering a range of casual to fine dining for you to fill up. Music is also prevalent here in Johnson City and in nearby towns where you can spend a wonderful evening listening to some great artists.
Johnson City is also home to several lavender farms, who welcome your visit - some also sell lavender products at the farm. We also have several different denominations of churches for you to attend while visiting, as well as non-denominational.
Looking for weekend events in October? We’ve got plenty of them, from the 19th-Annual Pig Roast on Oct. 7th, 8th, and 9th, to the Austin Region LCII Fall Car Show on Oct. 21st and 22nd, and on Saturday, October 15th: Natural Fiber-Fashionable, Functional, Fun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fibers are used in many ways from clothes-making to rope-making. Come and see how many ways it is used at the 1900s living history farm and what an important product to the timeline of early life in the Texas Hill Country. See period dressed interpreters and spend the day having fun in the park. Held at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site, 199 State Park Road 52, Stonewall, Texas 78671. Accessible for the mobility impaired. Donations appreciated. And start making plans to attend our reknowned ‘Lights Spectacular’ where the Blanco County Courthouse, in Johnson City, glows with 100,000+ lights for a full month of holiday splendor. Also featured are a one million light display at the PEC headquarters on Ave F, Christmas in the Park, and light displays throughout the community. Numerous events are also planned throughout the holiday season that you won’t want to miss!
Come spend the weekend, the week, the month, or forever, with us — you’ll be glad you did.