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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! (Limit one bag of goodies per person)

Download two great Passports today to start your #Adventure290!
Passport - Hunt for History
Passport - Hunt for Fun

Mail your Passports to:
193 E. Hempstead St.
Giddings TX 78942

Follow the adventure on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and tag your pictures so we can enjoy your adventure!

Come See Our Towns:
Brenham - Burton - Carmine - Chappell Hill - Elgin - Giddings - McDade - Paige


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.
Brenham Events Calendar


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!


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

Chappell Hill

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


Elgin is known for its sausage, Elgin bears the title of “Sausage Capital of Texas,” celebrating every year with the annual Hogeye Festival.
Elgin Event Calendar


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.
Giddings Event Calendar


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!

Giddings Chamber of Commerce
183 E. Hempstead
Giddings, TX 78942
Located in the Lee County Museum, off the Courthouse Square

Contact:  (979) 542-3455
Chamber email:
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