The Best Places For Scenic Views Of Austin

Downtown view over the water from Lou Neff point of Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail. Austin, Texas, USA
Downtown view over the water from Lou Neff point of Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail. Austin, Texas, USA | Photo by Tomek Baginski on Unsplash
Aubrey Cofield

Visitors and locals alike can take in the beauty of Austin from bridges, boardwalks, hills, and more. The most beloved views include those of Lady Bird Lake, downtown Austin, and the Texas State Capitol. Regardless of your preference, the destinations below prove to be the perfect spots in which to capture the scenery of Texas’ capital. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is Austin’s highest point

Mount Bonnell is one of Austin’s historic landmarks, attracting visitors since the 1850s and still offering one of the best views of Austin. There’s a small hiking trail with man-made stairs that lead up to various viewing spots. You can enjoy the scenes of the Colorado River and admire the mansions along the river’s edge. If you look carefully, you may even spot Sandra Bullock’s mansion that she recently sold. The best time to visit is during sunset, but expect crowds.

360 Bridge (Pennybacker Bridge)

The Oasis on Lake Travis

The Cucoloris of People in the Sunset.

The Oasis on Lake Travis, a multilevel restaurant, is a lovely way to relish a drink while taking in the picturesque surrounds as nearly all seating provides customers with great scenes of the lake. The most popular time to enjoy a meal is during sunset when the scenery proves to be the most beautiful; therefore, you can spend the day swimming or boating on the lake before heading over to The Oasis to enjoy the sunset and a margarita. While there’s typically a lengthy wait for sunset dining, don’t be afraid to visit during other times of the day because the view is bound to be spectacular at any time.

The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake beckons

This fairly new walking trail has quickly become an Austin favorite. With seven different viewing areas, you can look at scenes of downtown, kayakers on Lady Bird Lake, and art displayed along the way. The artwork includes 36 bronze western-style belts engraved with the lyrics of well-known Texas singers. The sunset on the boardwalk is perfect for a romantic date or a casual stroll with your dog in tow.

Congress Avenue from Town Lake

This list might seem incomplete without including the Texas State Capitol, so for some stunning views of the Capitol, walk down Congress Avenue from Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake). You can stop for a bite, or enjoy a little shopping, but be sure to have your camera ready to capture some majestic shots of this grand building.

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