Austin - This hip and trendy Texas city thrives on a blend of influences -- music, commerce, and history. This is the home of the state capitol, a stunning building that's well worth the tour. In Austin you'll also find a booming live music scene, a vibrant business district, excellent shopping, and all the quirkiness of a college town. Take a tour through the Warehouse District and Sixth Street for incredible live blues, Latin jazz, country, and Western swing music, then visit one of the many art museums or enjoy a picnic in Zilker Park. You'll find all types of cuisine in Austin, from barbecue to Tex-Mex, French, and other international flavors. This is the home of the Texas State History Museum, the University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Presidential Library.
Lost Pines - To the east of Elgin and Bastrop Texas you'll find a unique area that's known as the Lost Pines Region. With its dappled forests and the waters of the Colorado River, this area is known for its outdoor activities, historic towns, and lovely painted churches. Named for a grouping of loblolly pines, this forested area presents something of an ecological mystery. No one understands why this isolated forest should exist here, about eighty miles west of the East Texas piney woods. Whether they're the result of glacier activity from a wetter age or something caused by humankind, nothing alters the fact that this forest is an amazing place to explore by foot (on the Independence Trail), horseback, or car.