Regional Attractions

Perhaps you'd like to spend a few days in one of the interesting places near Austin, either before or after the ELNA conference. This page tells about some regional attractions and how to get from there to Austin.

San Antonio

San Antonio is a favorite tourist place in Texas. It is an old city, strong influence by the Spanish/Mexican heritage of Texas. Attractions include The Alamo and the Riverwalk, a beautiful, shady walk along a river filled with restaurants, bars and cafes.

San Antonio is about an hour and a half South of Austin in I-35 by car, and buses are easily available.


Houston is farther away, about 180 miles to the east. It is famous for the Johnson Space Center and has excellent art museums and live theater and music.


Fredericksburg is a small town west of Austin, and a popular destination for those who enjoy visiting rustic historic towns. There are various stores selling antiques and local crafts. It is also famous for its peaches. There is a good World War II museum named after Admiral Chester Nimitz, who grew up in Fredericksburg. Many people enjoy stopping in Fredericksburg for lunch or dinner during a day trip to the beautiful Enchanted Rock park.

San Marcos

San Marcos is a short way south from Austin. There is a Schlitterbahn water park, and many outlet shopping malls.