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San Marcos Introduction

The San Marcos River is the picturesque landmark that brings visitors flocking to the friendly capital of historic Hays County. Facilitating everything from hiking trails through parklands nourished by freshwater springs to adrenaline-pumping adventure sports and wildlife trips in a glass-bottom boat, the river plays an integral part in San Marcos’ popularity as a vacation destination. With a historic downtown stretching back to the 1850s, a distinguished university with a U.S. President as an alumnus, and a thriving country-music scene that has launched major careers, you’ll soon discover why the locals have nicknamed this city “San Marvelous.”

Hotels in San Marcos

From comfortable, well-appointed inns to cozy motels, hotels in San Marcos pride themselves on their warm Texan welcome. Popular budget-friendly brands cater for the frequent influx of cash-strapped students and their buddies. Parents in search of a little more luxury will find plenty of mid-range quality hotels with pools, fitness suites, and well-stocked bars to aid relaxation at the end of a busy day. If you’re visiting during the peak summer-vacation season, it’s advisable to plan ahead to ensure the best choice and availability—San Marcos hotels tend to get booked up well in advance.

Where to stay

Hotels in San Marcos are mainly strung out along Interstate 35, the fabled trans-American highway that provides direct access to downtown all the way from the Mexican border. Stay in the likes of Hampton Inn & Suites San Marcos to enjoy easy access to the idyllic San Marcos River City Park, or step back into San Marcos’ storied past at one of the traditional family-run inns located within easy walking distance of the cultural and heritage attractions of downtown. Alternatively, make your budget go further by checking into a no-frills motel—you’ll find that many are conveniently situated just off I-35, close to the campus of Texas State University.

Things to see

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment carries out pioneering research into water sustainability, with a focus on Spring Lake, which is fed by San Marcos’ famous freshwater springs. Take a ride in a glass-bottom boat to see the lake’s unique wildlife up close, then wander along the Wetlands Boardwalk to absorb the tranquil beauty of this protected habitat. Discover the built heritage of San Marcos in the city’s historic downtown, which contains many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hays County Courthouse, dating from 1908, is a striking Classical Revival landmark on The Square, while Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum chronicles the heyday of the automobile via a rotating display of roadsters, gas-guzzlers and jalopies from the 1920s to 1950s. Catch the music stars of tomorrow at the Cheatham Street Warehouse, a San Marcos institution with an illustrious pedigree, or watch craftspeople at work in the world-famous Wimberley Glassworks.

How to get to San Marcos

San Marcos is strategically located on Interstate 35, the trans-American north-south axis that runs from Laredo on the Mexican border to Duluth, Minnesota, providing direct access to many major destinations en route. The nearest international airport is Austin, 36 miles away. The cheapest way to reach San Marcos from the airport is by bus, and taxis are also available for hire at the terminal. San Marcos Amtrak station is served by the Texas Eagle route. Travel in San Marcos itself is provided by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS), while the compact downtown area is easy to navigate on foot.