Adventure 290

Embark on an adventure as you drive along Highway 290 between Houston and Austin. #Adventure290 has been created to help you discover interesting, historic gems and reward you with a prize!

Eight communities along Highway 290 have created a family fun Scavenger Hunt. 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 collectible, reusable tote filled with rewards.

Share your adventure on Facebook and Instagram by tagging your pictures #Adventure290!


along the trail


Known for its sausage, Elgin bears the title of “Sausage Capital of Texas,” Visit in the fall for the annual Hogeye Festival, or in any season. There’s much to explore!


Today a quiet community honoring the delicious watermelon with an annual festival, McDade was once the home of notorious outlaws and vigilante justice.


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!


The beautiful Lee County courthouse, designed in 1899, the Fletcher-Schubert House Museum, and over 30 restaurants are great reasons to make a stop in Giddings.


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


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! justice.


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.

Chappell Hill

There is an historic charm about Chappell Hill, complete with festivals, lavender, wine & museum.