“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
The defining feature of the Austin skyline is change. Blink and you'll miss another skyscraper appear, like the 56-story residential tower Austonian, the 44-floor 360 Condos and the architecturally stunning new Courthouse. Austonians joke that the city bird is the construction crane. But where the skyline meets the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake), buff locals hit the Hike and Bike Trail. Flat lake waters are ideal for the latest trend: stand-up paddling. Pedestrians dodge orange construction cones on city streets to get hot dogs at Frank and prime seafood and steak at Eddie V's. Ditch your car at the State Capitol, which welcomes visitors with free parking.