- Visit a Lavendar Field
The Texas Hill Country boasts some of the most beautiful lavender fields in the country. Grab some friends, bring your cameras, and enjoy an afternoon under the sun in a sea of purple flowers. Recommended lavender fields include Hill Country Lavender Farm in Blanco, Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, and Luling Lavender Fields in Luling. Lavender blossoms seasonally from mid May to early July, and in full bloom stalks of lavender undulate under the sparkling spring sun.
- Go to a Bluebonnet Festival
Bluebonnet pictures are a must for any Texas Native. Instead of driving on a stretch of highway to hop out and capture a few photos, I suggest making a whole day out of enjoying the state flower. Throughout March and April, several cities in the Hill Country host bluebonnet festivals. Listen to live music, enjoy a picnic with your friends, and capture the striking beauty of Texas’ most beloved flower in cities such as Fredericksburg, Chapel Hill, and Burnet. Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to plan ahead of time!
- Cool Down in a Swimming Hole
Some of Texas’ most stunning swimming holes reside in the Austin area. As the weather begins to hover around the mid-nineties, these swimming holes present the perfect opportunity to cool down with loved ones. Two notable examples are Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs and Jacob’s Well in Wimberly. Both locations require reservations, but are well worth the wait to submerge yourself in the crystal clear water of natural springs.
- Enjoy a Soothing Hike
If you enjoy hiking, I strongly recommend checking out the instagram account @hikeaustin. The account regularly posts breathtaking pictures from hikes within driving distance of the Austin Area, and recommends places such as Barton Creek Greenbelt, Westcave, and Colorado Bend State Park.
- Embark on a Camping Trip
Texas’s most beautiful natural treasures exist outside of urban settings. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life while enjoying scenic landscapes, the company of friends, and unadulterated natural beauty. Some of the state’s most stunning camping locations include Garner State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and Guadalupe River State Park, just to name a few.