The very thought of a roadtrip sparks energy in the air. As a college student, my best friend and I would stock the car with candy bars, sodas and enough clothing to last a week. We'd head off to Vegas or the mountains or sites yet unknown for an overnight.

I've matured a little and see the value of having some good food along the way, and a destination in sight. And as a mother, there needs to be some physical activity, other than lifting a margarita glass to my lips, to keep the kids entertained. A little margarita, a little sun and a lot of water and big shady oak trees make for a perfect family vacation.

Our roadtrips are family-tested for your next Texas Hill Country adventure. All of our trips start from Austin, but you can easily adapt them to a different starting location, like San Antonio.