Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Day Trip Destination: Wimberley

In the past five years, Wimberley has skyrocketed in popularity, making it one of the most interesting day trip adventures in the Texas Hill Country. Set against a backdrop of our state’s natural beauty, it’s abuzz with artsy and entrepreneurial energy. Choose your own perfect day—whether it’s…

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Where to See Holiday Lights in Austin

There are so many things that make the holiday season fun. Whether you're in town for a convention or to celebrate the season with loved ones, visiting one of Austin's spectacular light shows should be on the agenda. Here are some of the top places to check out holiday lights in Austin this winter…

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Your Hill Country Getaway: Hotel Viata

Escape to the tranquility of Texas Hill Country with a stay at Hotel Viata Austin. Nestled among lush trees, this charming retreat welcomes both locals and travelers to a warm and inviting experience. Join us as we explore the highlights of this hidden gem. Coastal Italian Dining with a Hill…

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Day Trip Destination: Waco

If you’re itching for some new scenery, Austin’s central location in the Lone Star State makes it easy to take a day trip to and from. In the past decade, Waco has garnered a ton of national attention (in a good way.) The wild popularity of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show, their Magnolia Market, the…

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Exploring Austin's Caves and Caverns

Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country features incredibly diverse landscapes, offering everything from green, rolling hills to limestone cliffs to rocky riverbeds to mesquite and pine forests. But the area also contains a lesser-known, hidden treasure—the intricate underground cave systems…

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The Complete Guide to Lakes in the Austin Area

Famous for its rivers and lakes, Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country is bisected by its countless waterways. Here's a quick guide to kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and boating on the water in the Texas state capital. Lady Bird Lake There are three lakes in the Austin area formed by…

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Day Trip Destination: Spicewood

Home of Texas icon and country music legend Willie Nelson, Spicewood has a charm all its own. Fantastic barbecue, rolling hills, fabulous vineyards, and incredible views make this day trip one to remember. You’ll feel miles away from the city while still satisfying that need for novelty. Nature &…

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Pedernales Falls Hiking Guide

Pedernales Falls State Park has arguably some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the Texas Hill Country. While the river itself is reason enough to visit the park, scenic trails wind through forests, atop ridges, and along the riverside. Walk the sandy shores of the Pedernales River and…

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Day Trip Destination: Smithville

If you were a fan of Hope Floats , then Smithville is probably already on your “must visit” list. For everyone else, it should be. There’s a reason it’s been the backdrop for 13 different movies. This great little town is about 40 miles from Austin and boasts all the small-ish town charm you’re…

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Day Trip Destination: San Antonio

Just over an hour from Austin, San Antonio has emerged as a Texas hot spot and a great day-tripping destination. While it’s always been one of the largest cities in the state, over the past several years it’s come into its own as a great destination for food, fun, drinks and cultural adventures. You…

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