By Kimberly Young
This consultant covers Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco and the entire locations in among. It goals to supply the entire details a customer to Texas will desire, from lodging to rodeos, and delves into the cowboy tradition.
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There are almost three miles of hiking trails and an education center. The Barton Creek Greenbelt is certainly an extraordinary feat, if only for the fact that it entails over 16 miles of secluded trail right in the heart of downtown and west Austin. With multiple trailheads (the main one located in Zilker Park), the trail not only is a challenging hike, but a mountain biking mecca. You can pick up a map from the Austin Parks and Wildlife Department (200 S Lamar, 512-499-6700). Barton Creek, which the park follows, can be navigated by tubers and canoeists during wet seasons.
The Greek Revival house has been home to such colorful figures as Sam Rayburn, "Ma" Ferguson and, more recently, Ann Richards and George Bush III. The Captiol. HISTORIC 6th STREET: You'll find this south of the Capitol complex, the heart of entertainment in Austin, stretching from Congress Avenue to Interstate 35. The abundance of restaurants, bars, dance halls and live music venues, all housed in structures from the late 1800s, make this concentrated area of festivities the Bourbon St of Texas.
Set on 26 acres of manicured lawns, the grounds are graced by dozens of monuments and sculptures. A recent two-year renovation not only restored the complex to its original splendor, but created an extensive new underground wing. Author's Tip Frequent tours reveal all of the hidden treasures in the incredibly large building. Make sure you don't miss the grand mural-size paintings in both the Senate and House chambers. Each one, depicting special historical moments in Texas' action-packed colonization, is beyond life-size.
Adventure guide to Texas by Kimberly Young