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Capitol Extension BuildingAnthony Quintano/Flickr


67 views to photograph
The Arm at Hyde Park GymPhilip Kromer/Flickr
Hamilton Pool PreserveEric In Sf/Wikipedia
Bull Creek WaterfallRoy Niswanger/Flickr
The Dinosaur ParkMarc Majcher/Flickr
Littlefield HouseLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
from Lou Neff PointLonestarmike/Wikipedia
south approachMarcin Wichary/Flickr
Statue of LibertyAlan Levine/Flickr
Confederate Soldiers MonumentSergey Galyonkin/Flickr
from Congress Avenue BridgeKumar Appaiah/Flickr
from east overlookDbtfz/Wikipedia
Hartman Prehistoric GardenDiveofficer/Flickr
from Hyatt Regency AustinEarl McGehee/Flickr
Isamu Taniguchi Japanese GardenLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Lower McKinney FallsLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Lyndon Baines Johnson LibraryLBJ Library/Flickr
from North PlazaKumar Appaiah/Flickr
Seven MustangsCounse/Flickr
from South PlazaStuart Seeger/Wikipedia
from south shoreC Qui/Wikipedia
Terry’s Texas Rangers MemorialSergey Galyonkin/Flickr
Texas Memorial MuseumPi3 124/Wikipedia
Texas Military Forces MuseumChris Wbraun/Wikipedia
African American MemorialPaolo/Flickr
Allens BootsGino/Flickr
Austin History CenterLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
The AustonianShawnbell/Wikipedia
from The BoardwalkArgash/Wikipedia
Frost Bank TowerAndrew Nourse/Flickr
George WashingtonSbmeaper1/Flickr
Goddess of LibertyNiagara/Wikipedia
Heroes of the AlamoLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
John Bremond HouseLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Littlefield FountainDaderot/Wikipedia
One Congress PlazaSahmeditor/Wikipedia
Texas Capitol Visitors CenterLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Texas Governor’s MansionLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
Union BuildingGuðsþegn/Wikipedia
Upper McKinney FallsLarry D Moore/Wikipedia
with Stevie Ray VaughanKatie Haugland Bowen/Flickr
Angelina EberlyPatrick/Flickr
from ConocoPhillips buildingLonestarmike/Wikipedia
Greetings From AustinHpaymay/Wikipedia
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterKumar Appaiah/Flickr
Littlefield Fountain with Main HallJeff Gunn/Flickr
Roadhouse RelicsPhilip Kromer/Flickr
Statesman Bat Observation CenterLars Plougmann/Flickr
Tejano MonumentBlue Genie/Flickr
Ten CommandmentsAlan Kotok/Flickr
Texas CowboyEd Schipul/Flickr
Texas Pioneer WomanKenneth C Zirkel/Wikipedia
Texas State Capitol ComplexStuart Seeger/Flickr
Tribute to Texas ChildrenAlan Levine/Flickr



About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph, like a great news photo­graph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for comp­osition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Address:Austin, Texas
Fame:Capital of Texas
Country:United States
Counties:Travis, Williamson, Hays
Population:931,830 (city, 2015)
2,000,860 (metro)
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
GPS:30.25, -97.75

Austin is the capital of Texas.

Austin Skyline

From Lou Neff Point

Austin > Austin Skyline

[start]Lou Neff Point on Rock Island in Zilker Park has a prime skyline view of Austin. From due west of the skyscrapers, you can get golden “magic hour” light, and a rising moon over Lady Bird Lake.

Addr:Lou Neff Point,
Rock Island,
Zilker Metropolitan Park,
When:AnytimeLook:East →
Far:1.78 km (1.11 miles)

From Hyatt Regency Austin

Austin > Austin Skyline

The view from Hyatt Regency Austin includes the stepped One Congress Plaza building in the center and the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in the foreground.

Addr:208 Barton Springs Rd,
Austin TX 78704
When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:250 m (810 feet)

From Congress Avenue Bridge

Austin > Austin Skyline

The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge (formerly known simply as the Congress Avenue Bridge) crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Before construction of the Longhorn Dam was completed in 1960, the bridge crossed the Colorado River from which Lady Bird Lake is impounded. The bridge was known as the Congress Avenue Bridge from the construction of the first span across the Colorado River at that location in the late 19th century until November 16, 2006, when the Austin City Council renamed the current bridge in honor of Ann W. Richards, the 45th Governor of Texas and a long-term resident of Austin. The bridge is a concrete arch bridge with three southbound and three northbound vehicle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.

The bridge is currently home to the world’s largest urban bat colony.

Look:North-northeast Far:300 m (990 feet)

From The Boardwalk

Austin > Austin Skyline

[start]The Boardwalk is a pedestrian bridge on Lady Bird Lake with viewing platforms looking north to Downtown Austin.

Addr:Lady Bird Lake,
Far:1.07 km (0.67 miles)

With Stevie Ray Vaughan

Austin > Austin Skyline

Stevie Ray Vaughan is a statue at Auditorium Shores of the local rock legend. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, Vaughan was one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s.

Born and raised in Dallas, Vaughan dropped out of school and moved to Austin, Texas, which had more liberal and tolerant audiences. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and in 1983 his debut studio album, Texas Flood, charted at number 38. The ten- song album was a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. After achieving sobriety in late 1986, he headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990 before his death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35.

Addr:Auditorium Shores,
Austin TX 78704
Look:Northeast ↗Far:8 m (26 feet)

Ideas for Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas State Capitol Complex


From South Plaza

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > views
When:AfternoonLook:Northeast ↗
Far:190 m (630 feet)

From North Plaza

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > views
Far:230 m (750 feet)

From ConocoPhillips building

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > views

The ConocoPhillips building is located west of the Capitol.

Addr:1122 Colorado St #2323,
Austin TX 78701
Look:East-northeast Far:160 m (530 feet)

Ideas for from ConocoPhillips building

Texas State Capitol


Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Texas State Capitol

The central dome of the Texas State Capitol is centered by the Texas Star. The central rotunda is a whispering gallery and features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the State of Texas.

Addr:Texas State Capitol,

Goddess of Liberty

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Texas State Capitol

The Goddess of Liberty stands on top of the Texas State Capitol, holding a Texas star in one hand. The original was removed during renovation in 1985. A new statue, cast of aluminum in molds made from the original zinc statue, was placed on the dome in June 1986. The original statue was restored and is now displayed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Addr:Texas State Capitol,
1100 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701
Look:North-northeast Far:90 m (280 feet)

Capitol Grounds Monuments

South Plaza

Great Walk

Great Walk

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza > Great Walk

[start]The Great Walk is the main approach from the south. It is flanked by four monuments and two spraying fountains, one of a boy with a fish and the other of.

a lily plant, plus two cannons dating from 1864 and 1865.

Look:East-southeast Far:16 m (52 feet)

Ideas for Great Walk

Confederate Soldiers Monument

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza > Great Walk

3 Confederate Soldiers Monument (Confederate Memorial) was erected in 1903 and designed by Pompeo Coppini.

Look:East-southeast Far:16 m (52 feet)
AKA:Confederate MemorialWik:Confederate_Soldiers_Monument_(Austin,_Texas)

Ideas for Confederate Soldiers Monument

Terry’s Texas Rangers Memorial

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza > Great Walk

Pompeo Coppini, 1907.

Addr:Texas State Capitol,
1100 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701
Look:Northeast ↗Far:19 m (62 feet)

Heroes of the Alamo

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza > Great Walk

Heroes of the Alamo features a bronze statue of a Texan holding a muzzle-loader rifle. Erected in 1891, the monument honors those who fought and died at the thirteen-day siege during the Texas Revolution.

Look:East-southeast Far:14 m (46 feet)

African American Memorial

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza

Texas African American History Memorial is a sculpture by Ed Dwight erected in 2016. The central portion depicts Juneteenth in Texas: June 19, 1865 when African Americans were freed from the bonds of slavery.

Look:North-northeast Far:18 m (59 feet)

Hood’s Texas Brigade Monument

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza

[start]Hood’s Texas Brigade Monument, erected in 1910, is a granite shaft topped with a bronze Confederate soldier. John B. Hood’s Texas Brigade fought in the Army of Northern Virginia between 1861-1865 and participated in many of the Civil War’s most famous battles including Sharpsburg (Antietam) and Gettysburg.

Look:East-southeast Far:15 m (49 feet)

Tejano Monument

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza

The Tejano Monument, unveiled in 2012, features nine life-size bronze statues by Armando Hinojosa. Tejanos were the Spanish and Mexican explorers and pioneers who began to settle Texas after the Spanish arrival in the 1500s.

Look:Southeast ↘Far:18 m (59 feet)

Ideas for Tejano Monument

Texas Cowboy

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > South Plaza

[start]Texas Cowboy is a tribute to the “rough and romantic riders of the range” created in 1925 by American sculptor Constance Whitney.

Look:East-northeast Far:24 m (79 feet)

Ideas for Texas Cowboy

North Plaza

Statue of Liberty

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > North Plaza

1 Statue of Liberty is a bronze miniature of the New York landmark. It was erected 1951 by the Boy Scouts of America and is one of over 20 monuments on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

The statue (entitled Liberty Enlightening the World) is a figure of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States.

The New York statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

Look:Northwest ↖Far:12 m (39 feet)

Ten Commandments

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > North Plaza

[start]Ten Commandments is a 1961 monument made from Texas Sunset Red Granite. It is located between the Texas State Capitol and the Supreme Court of Texas.

The Ten Commandments monument was the topic of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case, Van Orden v. Perry, in which the display was challenged as unconstitutional. In late June 2005, the Court ruled that the display was not unconstitutional.

Look:East-northeast Far:23 m (75 feet)

Texas Pioneer Woman

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > North Plaza

[start]Texas Pioneer Woman is a 1998 sculpture by Linda Sioux Henley of a young pioneer mother with baby on her arm. It commemorates the pioneering women of early Texas.

Look:North ↑Far:19 m (62 feet)

Tribute to Texas Children

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex > Capitol Grounds Monuments > North Plaza

[start]Tribute to Texas Children depicts children on a field trip to the Texas Capitol. Students from over 600 Texas schools raised funds for the 1998 work.

Look:North-northwest Far:30 m (100 feet)

Texas Governor’s Mansion

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex

The Texas Governor’s Mansion, also known simply as Governor’s Mansion is a historic home for the Governor of Texas in downtown Austin, Texas.

Addr:1010 Colorado St,
Austin TX 78701

Capitol Extension Building

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex

3 Capitol Extension Building (Central Court) is a building below ground level, with a four-story open-air inverted rotunda. Opened in 1993, the $75 million, the underground capitol extension doubled the square footage available to capitol occupants.

A large building there would have eliminated the historic north façade and covered what had traditionally been seen as an important public space. Instead, an expansion to the capitol was built beneath the north plaza, connecting to the existing capital underground.

Addr:Texas State Capitol,
Look:South-southwest Far:160 m (520 feet)
AKA:Central CourtWik:Texas_State_Capitol#Capitol_extension_and_restorations

Texas Capitol Visitors Center

Austin > Texas State Capitol Complex

The General Land Office Building, completed in 1857, in Austin, Texas is the oldest surviving state government office building in the city and the first building designed by a university-trained architect.

Addr:112 E 11th St,
Austin TX 78701
AKA:General Land Office BuildingWik:General_Land_Office_Building_(Austin,_Texas)

Downtown Austin

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Star

Austin > Downtown Austin > Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas Star is a sculpture outside the Bullock Texas State History Museum. A single, five-pointed star was first used in 1819 on a pre-revolutionary Texas flag and symbolized Texans’ solidarity in declaring independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” is a prominent feature on the Flag of Texas and gave rise to the state’s official nickname “The Lone Star State.”

Addr:Bullock Texas State Museum,
1800 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701
Look:West ←Far:19 m (62 feet)

Ideas for Texas Star

Driskill Hotel

Austin > Downtown Austin

The Driskill, a Romanesque-style building completed in 1886, is the oldest operating hotel in Austin, Texas, USA, and one of the best-known hotels in Texas generally.

Addr:Downtown Austin,
Look:North-northeast Far:40 m (140 feet)

Lobby skylight

Austin > Downtown Austin > Driskill Hotel

The lobby of the Driskill Hotel includes an open rotunda at the center that extended from the first to the fourth floors and culminated in a domed skylight.


Ideas for lobby skylight

Buford Tower

Austin > Downtown Austin

Buford Tower is a tower standing along the north shore of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.

Addr:Austin TX 78701Where:30.26387

Austin History Center

Austin > Downtown Austin

The Austin History Center is the local history collection of the Austin Public Library and the city’s historical archive, located at 810 Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas, United States.

Addr:810 Guadalupe St,
Austin TX 78701

The Austonian

Austin > Downtown Austin

The Austonian is a residential skyscraper in Downtown Austin, Texas, USA.

Addr:200 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701

Bremond Block Historic District

John Bremond House

Austin > Downtown Austin > Bremond Block Historic District

[start]The John Bremond House was built in 1886 and is now the headquarters of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Addr:700 Guadalupe St,
Austin TX 78701
Look:North-northwest Far:80 m (250 feet)
AKA:Texas Classroom Teachers Association

Frost Bank Tower

Austin > Downtown Austin

The Frost Bank Tower is a skyscraper in Austin, Texas, United States.

Addr:401 Congress Avenue,
Austin TX 78701
Look:North-northeast Far:170 m (540 feet)
AKA:Owl TowerWik:Frost_Bank_Tower

Ideas for Frost Bank Tower

One Congress Plaza

Austin > Downtown Austin

One Congress Plaza is a skyscraper in Downtown Austin, the state capital of Texas in the United States.

Addr:111 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78704
Look:North-northeast Far:50 m (150 feet)
AKA:formerly Norwest PlazaWik:One_Congress_Plaza

Ideas for One Congress Plaza

One American Center

Angelina Eberly

Austin > Downtown Austin > One American Center

Angelina Eberly is a bronze statue that commemorates the “Woman Who Saved Austin.”

In December 1842, Sam Houston ordered the secret removal of the archives of the Republic to safekeeping in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Angelina Belle Peyton Eberly (1798–1860), realizing that the symbols of national government were being removed from the city, fired a six- pound cannon into the General Land Office Building, arousing the town to what they considered theft. The ensuing conflict became known as the Archive War, which was won by the Austinites, preserving Austin as capital of Texas and keeper of the archives.

Addr:600 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701
Look:West ←Far:19 m (62 feet)

Ideas for Angelina Eberly

University of Texas at Austin

South Mall

Main Building

Austin > University of Texas > South Mall

The Main Building is a structure at the center of the University of Texas at Austin campus in Downtown Austin, Texas, United States.

Addr:University of Texas at Austin,
Downtown Austin,
Look:North ↑Far:80 m (250 feet)

Ideas for Main Building

Littlefield Fountain

Austin > University of Texas > South Mall

2 Littlefield Fountain is a World War I memorial monument designed by Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini, located at the entrance to the university’s South Mall. Completed in 1933, the monument is named after university regent and benefactor George W. Littlefield, whose donation paid for its design and construction.

Addr:W 21st St,
Austin TX 78705
Look:East →Far:23 m (75 feet)

Littlefield Fountain with Main Hall

Austin > University of Texas > South Mall > Littlefield Fountain
Addr:W 21st St,
Austin TX 78705
When:AfternoonLook:North ↑
Far:20 m (66 feet)

Ideas for Main Hall

George Washington

Austin > University of Texas > South Mall

George Washington is an outdoor 1955 bronze sculpture by Italian American artist Pompeo Coppini.

Look:North ↑Far:40 m (120 feet)

Ideas for George Washington

Union Building

Austin > University of Texas > South Mall

The Union Building is a building on the University of Texas at Austin campus, serving as a “college independent community center” or “living room” for students.

Addr:University of Texas at Austin,
Downtown Austin,
Look:East-northeast Far:50 m (160 feet)

Littlefield House

Austin > University of Texas

The Littlefield House is a historic home in Austin, Texas on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Addr:University of Texas at Austin,
Downtown Austin,
Look:Northwest ↖Far:40 m (130 feet)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Austin > University of Texas

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Addr:University of Texas at Austin,
Downtown Austin,
AKA:LBJ Presidential Library, LBJ LibraryWik:Lyndon_Baines_Johnson_Library_and_Museum

Ideas for Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

Oval Office

Austin > University of Texas > Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

On the 10th floor of the LBJ Library is a replica Oval Office which duplicates President Johnson’s office in the White House.


Texas Memorial Museum

Austin > University of Texas

The Texas Memorial Museum, which is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, USA, is named in honor of the 1936 Texas Centennial.

Addr:University of Texas at Austin,
Downtown Austin,
Look:West-southwest Far:50 m (150 feet)

Seven Mustangs

Austin > University of Texas > Texas Memorial Museum

The Seven Mustangs is a bronze sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor, modeled from 1939 to 1941, and dedicated in 1948.

Addr:Downtown Austin,
Look:East-northeast Far:21 m (69 feet)

South Austin

South Congress

Statesman Bat Observation Center

Austin > South Austin > South Congress

The Statesman Bat Observation Center affords the best place to see Austin’s bats, the world’s largest urban bat colony.

The Center is located southeast of Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge which, during the summer, is home to around one million Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Conservation International, between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer. Since Austin’s human population is about 900,000, there are sometimes more bats than people in Austin during summer.

The nightly emergence of the bats from underneath the bridge at dusk, and their flight across Lady Bird Lake primarily to the east, to feed themselves, attract as many as 100,000 tourists annually. Tourists can see the bats from the bridge, from the sides of the river and from boats.

Addr:305 S Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78704
What:Observation deckWhen:Anytime
Look:North ↑Far:120 m (380 feet)
AKA:Austin American-Statesman’s Bat Observation CenterWik:Ann_W._Richards_Congress_Avenue_Bridge#Bats


Austin > South Austin > South Congress > Statesman Bat Observation Center

[start]Nightwing (The Bat) is an abstract depiction of a bat which turns with the wind. The 1998 sculpture is opposite the Statesman Bat Observation Center.

Look:East →Far:30 m (110 feet)
AKA:The Bat

Zilker [Austin, Texas]

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

The Kiss

Austin > South Austin > Zilker > Umlauf Sculpture Garden

[start]The Kiss is a bronze statue by local artist Charles Umlauf in the The Umlauf Sculpture Garden. In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin.

Addr:Umlauf Sculpture Garden,
Look:West ←Far:40 m (120 feet)

Barton Hills [Austin, Texas]

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Botanical Garden

Hartman Prehistoric Garden

Austin > South Austin > Barton Hills > Zilker Metropolitan Park > Zilker Botanical Garden

In 1992 amateur paleontologists discovered more than 100 preserved tracks made by six or seven prehistoric reptiles, along with the bones of an ancient turtle within Zilker Park.


Ideas for Hartman Prehistoric Garden

Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden

Austin > South Austin > Barton Hills > Zilker Metropolitan Park > Zilker Botanical Garden

The Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden features a koi pond.



Allens Boots

Austin > South Austin > Bouldin

Allens Boots is a retail store in Austin, Texas, that specializes in western wear.

Addr:1522 S Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78704
Look:North ↑Far:27 m (89 feet)

Roadhouse Relics

Austin > South Austin > Bouldin

[start]Roadhouse Relics is a studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs using durable modern materials and specialized weathering techniques.

Addr:1720 S 1st St,
Austin TX 78704
Look:West-northwest Far:30 m (100 feet)

Ideas for Roadhouse Relics

Greetings From Austin

Austin > South Austin > Bouldin > Roadhouse Relics

[start]Greetings From Austin is a giant postcard mural by Rory Skagen and Bill Brakhage, 2013, at Roadhouse Relics.

Addr:1720 S 1st St,
Austin TX 78704
Look:North-northeast Far:19 m (62 feet)

Pleasant Valley

Longhorn Dam

Austin > South Austin > Pleasant Valley

Longhorn Dam is a dam crossing the Colorado River in Austin, Texas, United States, where it creates Lady Bird Lake.

Look:Northeast ↗Far:80 m (270 feet)

North Austin

Hyde Park

The Arm at Hyde Park Gym

Austin > North Austin > Hyde Park

[start]The Arm at Hyde Park Gym is a gargantuan dumbbell-curling bicep that protrudes from a weightlifting gym.

Addr:Hyde Park Gym,
4125 Guadalupe St,
Austin TX 78751
Look:Northeast ↗Far:17 m (56 feet)

Bull Creek Waterfall

Austin > North Austin

[start]Bull Creek is a watershed with several waterfalls and swimming holes.

Capitol of Texas Hwy,
Look:East-northeast Far:40 m (110 feet)

Pennybacker Bridge

From east overlook

Austin > North Austin > Pennybacker Bridge
When:MorningLook:Southwest ↙
Far:130 m (440 feet)

From south shore

Austin > North Austin > Pennybacker Bridge
When:AfternoonLook:North ↑
Far:130 m (440 feet)

South approach

Austin > North Austin > Pennybacker Bridge
Addr:N Capital of Texas Hwy,
Far:0.89 km (0.55 miles)

Texas Military Forces Museum

Austin > North Austin

Texas Military Forces Museum is a museum about the history of Texas’ militia, volunteer forces and Texas Military Forces from 1823 to the present.

Addr:2200 W 35th St,
Austin TX 78703

Ideas for Texas Military Forces Museum


Laguna Gloria

Austin > North Austin > Tarrytown

The Contemporary Austin — Laguna Gloria, formerly known as the AMOA-Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, is the former home of Clara Driscoll and site of a 1916 Italianate-style villa on the shores of Lake Austin in Austin, Texas.

Addr:700 Congress Ave,
Austin TX 78701
Look:East-northeast Far:30 m (110 feet)
AKA:The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, formerly AMOA-ArthouseWik:Laguna_Gloria

Metro Austin

Travis County

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Austin > Metro Austin > Travis County > Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago.


Ideas for Hamilton Pool Preserve


McKinney Falls State Park

Upper McKinney Falls

Austin > Metro Austin > Travis County > Austin > McKinney Falls State Park

[start]McKinney Falls State Park features two waterfalls.

Addr:McKinney Falls State Park,
Austin TX 78744
Look:North ↑Far:24 m (79 feet)

Lower McKinney Falls

Austin > Metro Austin > Travis County > Austin > McKinney Falls State Park
Addr:McKinney Falls State Park,
Austin TX 78744
Look:North-northwest Far:28 m (92 feet)

Circle C Ranch

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin > Metro Austin > Travis County > Austin > Circle C Ranch

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a public botanical garden dedicated to creating a more sustainable earth through research and education.

What:Botanical gardenWhen:Anytime

Bastrop County [Texas]

Cedar Creek [Texas]

The Dinosaur Park

Austin > Metro Austin > Bastrop County > Cedar Creek

[start]Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek has a 16-foot tall T. Rex and over 20 other life-size models along a tree-lined nature trail.

Addr:893 Union Chapel Rd,
Cedar Creek TX 78612
Web:Dinosaur Park


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