A visitors guide and community guide for
the Texas Hill Country


Artist and owner of Roadhouse Relics Todd Sanders and his friend Rory Skagen recreated this iconic Austin postcard on the southern exterior wall in 1998. His store is located at 1720 S. First Street, right in the middle of.

Austin is the capital of the state of Texas.  Austin is a beautiful city with hills, valleys and lakes running through the city.  It is the fastest growing large city in the United States and the second most populous capital city after Phoenix, Arizona. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2015 estimate, Austin has a population of 931,830. Austin is located in the Highland Lakes area of the Texas Hill Country in central Texas.  and is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. It is the 11th-most populous city in the U.S. and the 4th-most populous in Texas.

Austin's skyline

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Texas Capitol Building, the tallest capitol building in the USA

Austin is the hometown of many famous people. Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback Drew Brees, legendary golfer Ben Crenshaw, billionaire Comupter Mogul Michael Dell, legendary country musician Willie Nelson, , game designer Richard Garriott (the Ultima series), actors Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton and Matthew McConaughey, and writer/musician/politician Kinky Friedman call Austin home.

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX
Statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan overlooking Lady Bird Lake

University of Texas Tower One of the finest learning institutions in the country, The University of Texas, is located in Austin and home of the 4-time NCAA National Champion Texas Longhorns football team.

The famous university tower is
shown in the photo on the left.

Tours of the Tower

Austin is a popular vacation spot with 2 lakes within the city limits and 5 more lakes less than an hour drive to the northwest of Austin.  These lakes make up the Highland Lakes chain of lakes and are very popular for water activities such as boating, swimming, water skiing, jetskiing, fishing, etc.  The mild winter climate in Austin attracts many visitors from the northern states in the winter. The Austin–Round Rock metroplex is the 35th largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a population over 2 million people and 16th largest GDP per Capita as of the 2014 U.S. census estimate.

Boating on Lake Austin
Boating on Lake Austin

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. In 1839, the site was officially chosen to replace Houston as the new capital of the Republic of Texas and was incorporated under the name "Waterloo." Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to "Austin" in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state. The city subsequently grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin.

The Austin skyline from the Lady Bird Walkway

Lake Austin

Services in and around Austin

The Oasis The Sunset Capital of Texas. Dining, music, weddings, breweries, and shopping, all with a breathtaking view of Lake Travis.

Austin, Texas, weather forecast

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