Whether you’re a full-time resident of the city or just passing through like we were, visiting the Texas State Capitol should be added to your list of must-see locations! Located at 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas, this impressive structure sits on a hilltop overlooking downtown. With exemplary stonework and 19th century architecture, an intricate dome, approximately twenty-two acres of beautifully landscaped and park-like grounds, and a rich history, it’s no surprise it landed itself on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. You will be thrilled you made the decision to visit!
Guided tours are offered to learn more about the “stately” Capitol, but you’re free to pick up a pamphlet and wander alone if that’s more your thing. Checking out the informational signage and monuments on the grounds is another way to gather pieces of historical information you may not have known. You could also do nothing. Simply take in the vastness of the area around you, the beautifully intimidating Capitol before you, and the powerful, breath-taking monuments (specifically the Texas African American History Memorial) of such historical significance that share the grounds with you, and just know that you are in the presence of something great.
The grounds are lush green and decorated with beautifully mature trees, all of which part slightly to make way for walking paths that will wind through the complex with plenty to see and learn along the way. You’ll pass visitors strolling alone or with a friend, reading a book on any of the benches scattered throughout, eating a sandwich under a tree, or walking their dog like we were. If you look up you’ll see birds flying overhead, squirrels dancing on the limbs of trees, and Austin city’s taller buildings in a distance, so there’s no forgetting exactly where you are.
There’s no right or wrong way to take in this grand experience. Whether you’re a history buff who wants to learn about the state’s history or Texas legislation, an artist who appreciates the intricacies of architecture, or a person who enjoys nature, you’ll never regret visiting… or forget it!
Did we mention Richey enjoyed his visit, too?