Embark on an adventure as you drive along Highway 290! So often we drive right by cool sites, historic places, and quaint little communities without ever knowing about them, especially along Highway 290 between Austin and Houston.
#Adventure290 has been created to help you discover those gems and award you a prize for doing so!
Eight communities along Highway 290 have created a Scavenger Hunt to help you see cool things along the way. There is a designated stop in each community where you’ll gather information for your Passport. Once you’ve completed the adventure, mail in your Passport for a fun bag of goodies!
Download a Passport today to start your #Adventure290!
Elgin: Known for its sausage, Elgin bears the title of “Sausage Capital of Texas,” celebrating every year with the annual Hogeye Festival. ElginTXChamber.com
McDade: Today a quiet community honoring the delicious watermelon with an annual festival, McDade was once the home of notorious outlaws and vigilante justice. ExploreBastropCounty.com
Paige: Paige is a small, but bustling community in a beautiful rural setting amidst the Lost Pines of Central Texas – a lovely place for a bit of history and a burger! ExploreBastropCounty.com
Giddings: The beautiful Lee County courthouse, designed in 1899, the Fletcher-Schubert House Museum, and more than 30 restaurants are excellent reasons to make a stop in Giddings. GiddingsTX.com
Carmine: If you’re up for a good steak, antique shopping, or basketball history, Carmine is a great place to explore. CarmineTX.com
Burton: The grave of a Texas Ranger, a French bistro and the oldest continually operating cotton gin in the nation – these are just a few of the special characteristics of Burton! BurtonTexas.org
Brenham: The county seat for Washington County and the home of Blue Bell ice cream, Brenham is a longtime favorite destination for those cruising between Houston and Austin. VisitBrenhamTexas.com
Chappell Hill: There is an historic charm about Chappell Hill, complete with festivals, lavender, wine & a museum. ChappellHillTX.com