There are several surprising finds to the West of Austin which I would highly recommend. Enchanted Rock features two giant hills made of rock which visitors can have plenty of fun climbing (no steps, all incline). The total climb up takes maybe 15-30 minutes depending on how fit you are and less time coming back down. People of all ages enjoy this climb, from children to the elderly so you should be able to make it to the top. Longhorn Caverns is the only privately held state park in Texas with many different events. In photos, it is known by a unique stairway leading to below ground level. A Speakeasy used to reside in there and people say it is haunted. The Caverns itself was like any other with few distinguishing features but has a tour in which you can crawl through the place and a haunted tour. Hamilton Pool is a natural pool for swimming in the summer and a colorful blue/green due to the high bacteria content. At certain times, the bacteria count becomes too high for safe swimming. This attraction is known for its waterfall in which you can rest on the rocks underneath, shaped like a dugout. Finally rounding out the trip, the free Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio was surprisingly beautiful and definitely worth a visit. A surprisingly large pavilion contains stairs leading down into the gardens. Once in the gardens, small pathways surrounded by water allow visitors to get close and personal with the waterfall and wildlife, including cranes. The Tea Garden is located near the Sunken Theater and park, a bit North of downtown. Augie’s BBQ is around there and highly recommended for food. My first time visiting Austin, I went straight to the capitol. Supposedly this building is bigger than the one in D.C. but modeled after it. I was able to sit in on a hearing on school uniforms. From the hearing and word of mouth, I am led to believe that making laws in Texas is easier than in most other places. Unfortunately, the traffic in Austin is always present, making it inconvenient to visit Austin or Dallas from San Antonio frequently.