6th Street

Considered the soul of Austin, this crossroads of culture and commerce draws freaks, suits, students, and people-watchers. Congressmen share sidewalk space with professional doomsayers and families in the shadow of downtown high-rises, and...  Read More

University Area
Guadalupe Street

The mile-long stretch of Guadalupe Street adjacent to the University of Texas campus has been called "The Drag" for decades, and the cruising along this eclectic strip is best done on foot. Students shuffle to class with cell phones attached,...  Read More

Barton Springs District

Austin legend Vaughan, who died tragically in 1990, is remembered here in bronze. The famed Dallas-born guitarist had deep roots in Austin, and this statue has been one of the city's top attractions since it was erected in 1993. On Texas's...  Read More

A grand, red-granite edifice befitting the Lone Star state, this building was completed in 1888 in Renaissance Revival style. The nation's largest state capitol, Austin's landmark can be seen from throughout the city, and its visual prominence...  Read More

Between March and November, more than a million-and-a-half free-tail bats spend their summer days under this prominent bridge (whose structure facilitates their habitats) and come out in the darkness to catch and eat thousands of pounds of...  Read More

This 22-acre cemetery, a popular place to visit, offers a glimpse into the state's colorful history. Many famous Texas sons and daughters have been laid to rest here, including former Governor John Connelly, Barbara Jordan, and Stephen F....  Read More

University Area

[Tours of the tower have are temporarily suspended until Spring 2011 while the Tower undergoes renovations.] This 307-foot Spanish Renaissance landmark at the heart of campus has four clock faces (each measuring 12 feet in diameter) and chimes...  Read More

West End

Here's another sad-yet-inspiring Texas tale. This majestic oak, listed in the Hall of Fame of Forestry, is estimated to be between 500 and 600 years old. At one time, it stood three stories high with limbs spanning more than a half acre, but in...  Read More