Top 10 Weekend Getaways


Austin, Texas

If you enjoy the TV show "Austin City Limits," you'll love a getaway to Austin. Once here, you can pull up a chair and watch your favorite local performers up close and personal. You never know which Austin musician will follow in the footsteps of Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson or Stevie Ray Vaughan, fellow musicians who have called Austin home. Start with the Broken Spoke, National Geographic's "favorite night spot" [source: SPC Travel Network]. It's also frequented by TV and movie stars, football heroes, the occasional diplomat and others in search of the best honky tonk in Texas.

View memorabilia from the Johnson administration at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum. Visit the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus where you'll find collections of rare books, manuscripts and other media as well as an art collection including more than 65,000 works of art from the 12th through the 19th centuries [source: Harry Ransom Center]. Horticulture enthusiasts will want to tour the Zilker Botanical Gardens, and some will want to see the Congress Avenue Bridge bats.

For recreation, head over to the three-acre Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park. Underground natural springs feed this unchlorinated pool, which maintains a constant year-round temperature of approximately 68 degrees F [source: Austin Parks and Recreation Department].

After your dip, it's time to grab some grub and forget your cares with another night of live music in the "Live Music Capital of the World."