Blending natural charm with urban comfort and flare, the city of Austin offers spectacular skylines that feature scenic beauty as well as iconic structures. For the best views possible, check out the following locations on your next trip to the capital city.
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Situated conveniently near Lady Bird Lake, the Long Center offers cool, shady areas to take in the surrounding scenery. The building’s mirrored windows create breathtaking reflections of the city skyline and are perfect for snagging that coveted Instagram photo. Once you’ve taken in the sights, experience Austin’s vibrant artistic culture through a range of musical and cinematic performances presented at the Long Center year-round.
The Running Trails at Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is one of Austin’s most popular outdoor destinations, offering scenic routes for bikers and runners alike. The trails provide gorgeous views of the city skyline at all hours, and visitors who stick around until dusk can catch sight of the famous Congress Bridge bats, who typically take flight around 7:45 pm each night. Ample parking is available at the corner of West Riverside Drive and South First Street but be advised that demand is highest during the weekends.
Zilker Park is a picnic lover’s paradise, complete with open-sky views of the surrounding skyline. The park is located at 2201 Barton Springs Road and is home to Austin’s iconic annual music festival: ACL. Known fondly to Austinites as the “jewel in the heart of Austin”, Zilker also offers exciting attractions such as a lush botanical garden, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, the Austin Nature and Science Center, the Zilker Hillside Theater and the spacious, 3-acre Barton Springs Pool.
Located on Austin’s East Side at 5300 North Capitol of Texas Highway, Pennybacker Bridge offers views of the Austin skyline from a more distant perspective than other more centrally-located spots. Known commonly as the “360 Bridge”, the spot is located along the Loop 360 Highway: considered to be one of the most scenic urban drives available in the Lone Star State.
Lou Neff Point
Located near Austin’s downtown Butler Hike and Bike Trail, the Lou Neff Point Gazebo provides charming photo ops of the downtown skyline, framed by the Colorado River and the iconic Lamar Bridge. The scenic overlook offers benches and shaded seating areas as well: the perfect nooks to relax while taking in the surrounding scenery.
Which spot is your favourite for admiring the Austin skyline? Let us know in the comments!