Eccentricities are often the mark of a city, and Austin Texas is certainly no exception to that rule. With plenty of shops and restaurants that have a unique flair that screams Austin, the city has adopted the moniker “Keep Austin Weird” as its slogan of choice. Even with all of its unique character and flair, the city also has a rich history and plenty of natural beauty to go around. The next time you’re fortunate enough to make it to Austin, be sure to check out the following sights that make Austin truly unique:
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail- This scenic ten-mile hike and bike trail stretches along both sides of the Colorado River as it passes through downtown Austin, or “Lady Bird Lake” as it’s affectionately called. Attractions along the trail include beautiful views of the downtown skyline, the Barton Springs Pool, the Austin Nature & Science Center, and the Congress Avenue Bridge among many others. Any given day on the trail you’ll see hundreds of runners and sightseers alike, as the trail feels like the center of Austin when you’re on it. For those that need to take a break from the long trail, there are plenty of kayaks and canoes you can rent for a peaceful ride on Lady Bird Lake. There are also plenty of hotels along the lake, with the Hyatt Regency arguably being the best of the bunch, as it’s on the right side of the lake to enjoy views of the Austin skyline.
Barton Springs Pool- Located in Zilker Park just south of Lady Bird Lake, the Barton Springs Pool is a pool that is completely filled with water from nearby Barton Springs, which makes it perfect for a dip during the hot Texas summer.
Mount Bonnell- Also referred to as Covert Park, Mount Bonnell sits high above the Colorado River in Austin’s west side. This elevated attraction provides beautiful views of the hills that surround Austin, and is a perfect place to catch sunsets as it faces west.Congress Avenue Bridge- This bridge lies right in the heart of Austin and stretches over Lady Bird Lake, but it is also home to over a million bats during the middle of the year. If you’re ready for a show, head to the bridge around sunset to see these bats come out for the night.