Texas has some breathtaking scenery to visit during your stay. Now that it’s summer, it is a great time to explore it’s outdoors. From places right here in the Greater Austin Area, there is something to do for everyone who loves the great outdoors.
Every year thousands of Austinites travel up and down the Greenbelt to get their cardio in. With smaller trails along rivers to tougher and longer ones, the Greenbelt has got it all. With hundreds of trails to choose from, it is your one stop shop for all your hiking needs. Bring your family or friends, I’m sure they’ll have a great time. I go every weekend, and I would love to see your faces!
Also, the greenbelt is a great place to go picnic as there are many flat surfaces and tall shady trees. Then, with the Twin Falls flowing there, it’s a great place to swim while feeling the water waves.
Swimming in the Barton Spring Pool
Do you like swimming but don’t like to always be indoors? Then the Barton Springs Pool is for you! All year round this natural spring-fed pool is the most popular place here in Austin to go for a little dip. The water is always cold and it’s a perfect time to go there with the sun and hot weather. While it will cost you some money, it’s definitely an experience that you can’t miss while you are in Austin.
360 Bridge or Pennybacker Bridge
Remember when you first look at a picture of Austin online? Well, it’s real. It’s the easiest mountain climb you have ever done! With only a short 10-minute hike, you can get on top of the mountain. This is a great place to hike and take in your surroundings. With incredible views of the 360 Bridge and the surrounding hills, also the city of Austin. The view from the top of the mountain is a must see when you are here.
The cliffs by the 360 Bridge is a great vantage point to see the Austin skyline as well as the surrounding natural beauty. You must check out the sunset from these cliffs at least once during your stay here in Austin.
Mount Bonnell is located in Covert Park and it’s considered to be the highest point in Austin! While it’s pretty high up in the sky, it’s only a 102-stair climb, and you can see the view of downtown with the 360 bridge.
Also, take your date to the top for a romantic picnic like the scene from Up.
The Cathedral of Junk
You might not have been to Las Vegas, but you can go to Trash Vegas. “Keep Austin Weird” is a phrase you would hear a lot while you are studying here, the word also describes this structure. The three-story architecture has breathtaking scenery and is proclaimed as the Cathedral of Junk by its creator Vince Hannemann. Hannemann has been collecting junk for almost his entire life, and this is his artwork. The Cathedral of Junk isn’t placed in a public area. Instead, it’s located in Hannemann’s backyard, so be sure to be polite and say hi to him when you visit him.