Round Top

Established in 1822 and chartered in 1870, this community is one of the smallest incorporated cities in Texas. The area was named Jones Post Office in 1835, but after German immigrants arrived in the 1840s, the town is said to have received its current name from "the house with the round top"—an early stagecoach stand.

Round Top hosts the "longest continuously celebrated Fourth of July west of the Mississippi" and the "largest antique festival" in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal. The city is on Texas Independence Trail, El Camino Real and in the Texas Settlement Region, just south of the Presidential Corridor.

Events include the Annual International Guitar Festival and world-renowned summer program at the International Festival Institute, polka fests, and Shakespeare at Winedale.

Accommodations are available in 70-plus bed-and-breakfasts in the area.

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