Need to hit the refresh button, turn off the chatter, clear the screen, and get off the sofa? Then it’s time to hit the road to Bandera, Texas, Cowboy Capital of the World.

As you near Bandera the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country surrounds you. Vistas open up as far as the eye can see, and you catch yourself trying to name the clouds that dot the skyline. Whew, the chatter slows, and the refresh begins.

Whether you choose the cowboy lifestyle at an area dude ranch complete with home cooked meals and horseback riding; settle into your own piece of the hill country at one of the many cabins and houses dotting the countryside; or stay in Bandera to enjoy visiting with local shopkeepers and dancing under the star, you’ll experience an “A ha” moment as the stress of everyday life fades into the background.

Let your imagination roam. Wander the Frontier Times Museum and imagine yourself as J. Marvin Hunter amassing the eclectic collection. Take a walk with the dinosaurs at the Bandera Natural History Museum. Place yourself in the center stage of one of the displays at Town Mountain Miniature Museum. Get outside and hike the countryside, horseback ride, bird watch, fossil hunt or simply read a book.

When it’s time to go you’ll realize the sunrises and sunsets alone were worth the trip and you’ll already be planning your next visit.

Bandera, TX