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Before you start booking plane reservations or reserving a rental car, do some reading about your destination. The
Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce web page
is a good starting point: its features include a town map, an events calendar, and a weather forecast. If you want in-depth information about Fredericksburg from the local’s perspective, read the
. The newspaper’s web site is easily navigable and includes photos with almost every article.
Handbook of Texas Online
is another useful resource; it’s the online edition of a handbook printed by the Texas State Historical Association. Their
article on Fredericksburg
is a concise, accurate history of the town that is well worth reading in its entirety. The Historical Association also publishes a number of other books, which can be ordered
For some lengthier practical reading, try
Scenic Driving Texas by Laurence Parent
. The book provides information about the best drives and hikes in Texas, many of which are in the Fredericksburg area. Parent’s own color photographs accompany his written descriptions. If you need a travel guide focused specifically on Gillespie County, browse through
Texas Hill Country
, part of the Texas Monthly Guidebooks series. The book does a comprehensive job of explaining the history behind some of Fredericksburg’s best driving routes and roadside stops.