Gonzales is the county seat of Gonzales County, Texas, and one of the oldest cities in Texas.
A major site in the days of the Texas Revolution, Gonzales is considered the "Birthplace of Texas Independence", as it is where the first shot for Texas independence was fired. Not as well known, and certainly not as publicized, as more major arenas in the Texas Revolution, such as the Alamo and San Jacinto, Gonzales is where the first combat of the Revolution took place. Today, however, it is a small town of roughly 6000 people, where time moves at a much slower pace. Similar to most other towns in this part of Texas, Gonzales is unique because of its heritage and the various sites and events that celebrate this heritage.
Driving is the only way into Gonzales. US Highway 183 runs north to south through the city, while US Highway 90 runs east to west. From Austin, take US Hwy 183 due south for about an hour. From San Antonio, follow I-10 east to exit 632(US 183 to Gonzales/Cuero), and drive south on 183 for 15 miles to reach Gonzales. From Houston, follow I-10 west to exit 632, and drive south.
The same means used to get into Gonzales is the best means for getting around Gonzales. The city is small and does not take long to reach the other side of the city. With that being said, walking around the downtown city blocks can be quite pleasant during the Spring and Autumn month.
Follow US 183 south to the Gulf Coast and major cities like Corpus Christi and Brownsville, passing through beautiful small towns, such as Cuero and Goliad. Taking 183 north will take you towards Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Between Gonzales and Interstate 10, make sure to stop by Palmetto State Park, to see a unique collection of Palmettos. US 90 west will take you towards Seguin and San Antonio. A mile from the park entrance off of US 183, there is an overlook with a breathtaking view of the valley and woods below. US 90 east goes to Houston, while passing through a handful of small towns along the way like Shiner and Hallettsville.