- The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum – Dedicated in 1971, the LBJ library houses the historical papers of Lyndon Johnson, one of two US presidents born in Texas. (Don’t reach for Google: Dwight Eisenhower was the other.) The library is located on the grounds of The University of Texas at Austin and houses many permanent, cultural exhibits, including a scale-model of the Oval Office as it was during LBJ’s administration.
- Zilker Metropolitan Park – A large recreational area in south Austin, Zilker Park is over 350 acres of lawns, sports fields, hiking paths, and picnic areas. Numerous historical markers will make sure you learn something about Texas while you’re there, if you’re so inclined. The Zilker Botanical Garden are located near the park’s center, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden exhibits the works of Charles Umlauf and other Texas artists. If you get tired of walking, the Zilker Zephyr scale railway will carry you around the park.
- The Texas State Capitol – The 129-year-old Texas capitol building is taller than the US Capitol in Washington, DC. It rests on just over two acres of beautiful grounds in the center of Austin. The interior features several prominent sculptures and paintings of Texas history and central rotunda that houses portraits of every governor the Lone Star State has had as well as every president of the Republic of Texas. The rotunda is also a whisper gallery: a whisper in any part of that gallery can be heard clearly across the space.
Trip Advisor also has a list of the Top 25 Destinations in the World, but we don’t recommend your driving to most of those.