Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

View of some of the paved trails and public areas along the waterfront in Cumberland Park.

Get Outside: Visit Nashville’s Parks

Nashville’s Metro Parks department oversees 12,000 acres of open space, including dog parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, disc golf courses, and spray parks. Discover more about the city’s best parks.