S o you’re visiting Austin and you want to know what to do while you're here. As an Austinite, the unspoken rule is that I should be semi-helpful without giving too much away; that I should tell you the generic stuff you probably already know (check out the shops on South Congress!) or trick you into something actually awful (sign up for a downtown Segway tour!). The thinking goes, if I reveal my local knowledge about the best parts of Austin -- the spots in town that don’t feel like you’re in town, the beautiful natural splendor within easy reach of the city’s ever-expanding concrete footprint -- you'll make the dreaded decision to move here.
Well, some things can't be helped. And you know what? I like you. Austin is the gateway to the best damn part of the entire Lone Star State: the Texas Hill Country. Heed this insider's advice and explore the unique karst topography, or beat the heat with a dip in one of our many spring-fed swimming holes. And if you have time in the itinerary to get out of town for a minute, head out west. Just don't tell anyone I'm the one who sent you.