Zilker Botanical Gardens

shrub with red berries

Zilker Botanical Gardens doesn’t have the scale or scope of other gardens we’ve visited, like Kew Gardens or the botanical gardens in Sydney or Hobart. It’s still an interesting green space to spend a couple of hours in.


Magnolia Cafe sign

We stayed in the South Congress neighborhood and loved it. Quirky and walkable. Due to COVID, we couldn’t experience live music as we would have otherwise but we found outdoorsy things to do.

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road scenery

The River Road is a scenic drive near, though not in, Big Bend National Park. There’s not much but the road and the views. And a few locals who want to drive much faster than you.

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

distant mountains

Even if you don’t plan on hiking Santa Elena canyon at the end of the road, it’s worth driving Ross Maxwell road in Big Bend National Park for the scenery along the way.