Adventure 290

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!

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Elgin: Known for its sausage Elgin bears the title of “Sausage Capital of Texas.” Every October the town celebrates with the annual Hogeye Festival where you’re sure to find a ton of fun.

McDade: Home to one of the longest running festivals in Texas, McDade is known for watermelons!

Paige: A little community with big history, Paige is not just a blip on the map!

Giddings: Located about 30 miles from over a dozen fascinating rural Texas towns, Giddings is a perfect “gateway to rural Texas.”

Carmine: If you’re up for a good steak, antique shopping, or basketball history, Carmine is a great place to explore.

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!

Brenham: The 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.

Chappell Hill: There is an historic charm about Chappell Hill, complete with festivals, lavender and wine.

Adventure 290

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