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Old 06-18-2008, 01:07 AM
 
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Default 10 Most "beautiful view" spots in Austin(complete list)

This is to expiate my sins(sorry father mulcahy), for the worst things in Austin list......I hope people realize that was supposed to be funny....
so, here are what I think are the places with the best views in Austin..some of them involve eating and drinking, some watching(yes, bats are
one of them), and some involve being physically active(climbing, biking, and such).....that being said, here are the complete 10....

1.) The Oasis on Lake Travis.....best view for drinking and eating....my god, so pretty...the hills, water, everything....look at the gallery of pics here....and thank you, Beau!

The Oasis | Lake Travis | Austin Texas

2.)Zilker Park......where do I start with this one....the boat launch, the train, the rolling parkland, concert green, ACL fest in fall......Austin's
P and J.....

3. Mt. Bonnell.....so beautiful.....this one involves a 200 step climb, and is 700 ft. high, but worth it.....so nice seeing the boats on TL in the background, and the bluffs and greenery.....and the best place for a picnic in the city.....

Where in Austin is Mount Bonnell (http://austin.about.com/cs/photogallery/l/bl_wherebonnell.htm - broken link)

4.)Congress Av. bridge.....I love this place....and not really for the bats, but the view of the capitol at night walking north, bathed in light......
come on...you know its the prettiest view in Austin at night!

5.)Zilker nature preserve....still so nice...great trails for just chilling on wildflowers and nature...and all in the city limits.....sweet.

6.)Pennybacker Bridge...yes, that freaky mcDonald-y humped one over lake Austin...come now, does LT not look cool from up there?

Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 in Austin Texas (http://austin.about.com/od/photogallery/ss/loop360bridge.htm - broken link)

7.)Lake travis...had to give it special mention..and don't be like those naughty NFL players, and BWI........but you can take your top off if you'd like....when asked.....heehee

8.)Mckinney falls st. park.......closest camping in Austin, and just south of the city.....prob least known cool place to hang in Austin metro on week-ends in the summer....so many cool trails too

TPWD: McKinney Falls State Park

9.) Barton Springs pool.....nothing more needs to be said..

10.)UT Tower...Both the tower itself, and looking down from the top, long the highest vantage point in Austin.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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-I really like Sculpture Falls. A very interesting river formation.

http://www.texasoutside.com/images/smoothrocks1.jpg

-We've been enjoying Butler Park (the area between Riverside and Barton Springs Rd). Some really nice areas to walk/ride, a great fountain(kids play in there when it's hot), A nice knoll that affords some of the best views of Austin's sprouting skyline. Just really nice.

City of Austin - Austin Parks and Recreation Department: Butler District Park
Austinist: Butler Park: Austin's Newest City Park

-Views from the the Pfluger pedestrian bride

-Travis Hts., Bouldin Creek, Barton Hts. Nice neighborhoods with some great older houses and nice mature trees. The same can be said for Hyde Park but with more college kids.

-The view of the city from the Barton Creek mall parking lot...actually, that's sort of sad

-The drive north along 360.

-Laguna Gloria (Austin Museum of Art's original location). A very beautiful place to take family, dates or photos. They also have chamber music performances and private party rentals. The grounds are gorgeous.

Austin Museum of Art (Laguna Gloria location) | Do512 | Austin Events


-Hanging out lakeside on the Hula Hut's deck. Or next door at Mozart's coffee.

-Some of the fantastic Victorians on the near West side of town(Nueces, San Antonio, etc...)

-The town square and loblolly pines of Bastrop(technically not Austin but close enough!)


I'm going to try and take some pics tomorrow...
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Oh, I almost forgot the Barsana Dham Hindu Temple:

About Barsana Dham - Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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Oh, I almost forgot the Barsana Dham Hindu Temple:

About Barsana Dham - Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple
Can anyone visit this temple?
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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This is to expiate my sins(sorry father mulcahy), for the worst things in Austin list......I hope people realize that was supposed to be funny....
so, here are what I think are the places with the best views in Austin..some of them involve eating and drinking, some watching(yes, bats are
one of them), and some involve being physically active(climbing, biking, and such).....that being said, here are the complete 10....

1.) The Oasis on Lake Travis.....best view for drinking and eating....my god, so pretty...the hills, water, everything....look at the gallery of pics here....and thank you, Beau!

The Oasis | Lake Travis | Austin Texas

2.)Zilker Park......where do I start with this one....the boat launch, the train, the rolling parkland, concert green, ACL fest in fall......Austin's
P and J.....

3. Mt. Bonnell.....so beautiful.....this one involves a 200 step climb, and is 700 ft. high, but worth it.....so nice seeing the boats on TL in the background, and the bluffs and greenery.....and the best place for a picnic in the city.....

Where in Austin is Mount Bonnell (http://austin.about.com/cs/photogallery/l/bl_wherebonnell.htm - broken link)

4.)Congress Av. bridge.....I love this place....and not really for the bats, but the view of the capitol at night walking north, bathed in light......
come on...you know its the prettiest view in Austin at night!

5.)Zilker nature preserve....still so nice...great trails for just chilling on wildflowers and nature...and all in the city limits.....sweet.

6.)Pennybacker Bridge...yes, that freaky mcDonald-y humped one over lake Austin...come now, does LT not look cool from up there?

Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 in Austin Texas (http://austin.about.com/od/photogallery/ss/loop360bridge.htm - broken link)

7.)Lake travis...had to give it special mention..and don't be like those naughty NFL players, and BWI........but you can take your top off if you'd like....when asked.....heehee

8.)Mckinney falls st. park.......closest camping in Austin, and just south of the city.....prob least known cool place to hang in Austin metro on week-ends in the summer....so many cool trails too

TPWD: McKinney Falls State Park

9.) Barton Springs pool.....nothing more needs to be said..

10.)UT Tower...Both the tower itself, and looking down from the top, long the highest vantage point in Austin.
Quite a list....I see that I have my work cut out for me when I move down.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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The North East corner of the Barton Creek Square Mall parking lot has a great view of the downtown skyline. It's also a great place to watch the Zilker Park fireworks on 4th of July. There's plenty of parking and quite a few people setup their lawn chairs or sit on top of their cars to watch them.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Can anyone visit this temple?
From what I've heard, they love to have visitors
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:37 PM
 
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There is another great 'viewing spot' in Austin and its not that talked about. the lake view from Mary Quinlan Park boat ramp (and Selma Hughes Park too).
May be only Steiner Residents go there....i don't know...but its really nice.


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Can anyone visit this temple?
Sure you can.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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* The drive into downtown from Red Bud trail has great downtown views

* The stadium at Westlake High

* One World Theatre on Bee Caves

* Suprised no one has mentioned it, but the scenic overlook on 360 south of Lake Austin

* Not far from the Barsana Dham temple, the Mandola Winery has nice views of hills/vineyard

* Z-Tejas at the arboretum has a nice Hill Country view, as does the County Line "on the hill" on Bee Caves rd.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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That Temple looks gorgeous. I also think the view driving along the Bull Creek (I think that's the name) Greenbelt is beautiful and scenic.
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