You haven’t experienced Austin until you’ve soaked up all of the city’s major sights. From stunning architecture to scenic waterfalls, these 15 places will take your breath away. You absolutely must explore these places at least once, but I have a feeling that you’ll want to come back.
1. Mount Bonnell
This stunning view over Austin has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years.
2. The Cathedral of Junk
The Cathedral of Junk turns trash into treasure. This eclectic bungalow is full of quirky knick-knacks and beautiful pieces of scrap metal. When it all comes together, the end result is truly stunning.
3. The Natural Gardener
No matter what the season, The Natural Gardener has an impressive display of gorgeous foliage. The butterfly garden is full of fragrant flowers and the winding trails will take your breath away.
4. Fredericksburg, Texas
Only about 2 hours south of Austin is the quaint little town of Fredericksburg. Main Street has everything from decadent fudge shops to adorable boutiques.
5. Krause Springs
Krause Springs is the gem of Spicewood, Texas. This amazing camping spot is loaded with scenic views.
6. The Driskill Hotel
Bult in 1886, this is one of the most gorgeous buildings in downtown Austin. Whether you're craving a stay-cation or just looking for a delightful cocktail, the Driskill is a fantastic place to explore.
7. The HOPE Outdoor Gallery
This city-wide canvas is never the same place twice. Bring some spray paint and leave your mark!
8. Sweet Berry Farm
This colorful paradise in Marble Falls is perfect any time of year.
9. Pedernales Falls State Park.
Whether it's swimming, hiking, or lounging you crave, there's no better place to absorb nature than at Pedernales Falls State Park. Take a day-trip out to Johnson City for these spectacular surroundings. You'll be glad you did.
10. The Inner Space Caverns
Beneath the ground in Georgetown sits a magical cavern full of majestic beauty. Take a tour and see the miraculous cave for yourself!
11. Enchanted Rock
From rock climbing to bird watching, you can do it all at Enchanted Rock. This massive granite hill is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Just 17 miles north of Fredericksburg, this force of nature is a must-see.
12. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden
The bronze statues scattered throughout this garden look like they could come alive at any moment. Near Zilker Park, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden is an enchanted part of Austin.
13. McKinney Falls State Park
South Austin's hidden gem, McKinney Falls, has so many miraculous views.
14. ZIlker Botanical Garden
From prehistoric plants to a Japanese zen garden, the Zilker Botanical grounds are a perfect place to relax and re-center yourself.
15. Mayfield Park
In addition to the lovely lily pad pool and shaded hiking trails, Mayfield Park has a family of free-roaming peacocks.