Escape the Texas heat in Austin’s most magical swimming hole—Hamilton Pool. This enchanting dripping grotto is part of a 232-acre natural preserve located 30 miles west of the city. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 0.25-mile hike down to the water with sturdy shoes. Pack water to stay hydrated and arrive early in the summer to beat the crowds. There are picnic tables in the park in case you want to pack a snack and don’t forgot to bring a camera to document that such a spectacular place exists.
Photo by Dave Wilson.