Wine is probably the last thing you think of when you think of Texas. But oil isn't the only valuable commodity coming out of th ground here. There are over 37 wineries in the Hill Country west of Austin. The terroir and appelations vary according to conditions, but don't our word for it: Try them all.
This enormous reservoir extends 65 miles, so it's no wonder it is the area's most popular place to swim, picnic, fish — or bare it all at Hippie Hollow.
The observation deck of this landmark symbol of the giant school that has helped make Austin a center for music and fun offers an unparalleled view of the whole region. To book it, you have to make arrangements with the university administration, but it's worth the effort.
On Saturdays, it seems as though everyone in town converges on the Downtown Farmer's Market, which is not only the largest in Texas but a meetplace for activists, aging hippies, students, musicians, techies and everyone else.
Barton Springs Pool
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
People in Austin like water, and they like to swim, and that's why this three-acre man-made lake-pool is so popular (800,000 visitors a year!) — that, and the fact that underground springs keep it warm enough to swim in year-round.