Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado River that was established to contain floodwaters in the flood prone region. A year round playground, Lake Travis suffered severe drought in 2008 and has only recently come back to full capacity, though there is much of the lake that still looks dried up - particularly in the coves - and the water level still fluctuates. But I think you can still enjoy this large lake and find what you're looking for.
|There are deer everywhere at the lake|
|Texas or Italy?|
A popular spot in Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis is a short drive from Austin, Temple, Waco or even San Antonio. One of the most famous spots on the lake is The Oasis Restaurant which is the 5th largest restaurant in the US. If you've been on Instagram or Pinterest, you've probably seen the images from here. It is a 5 level complex including a restaurant on multi-levels, a brewing company, shops and a live music venue. Known as "The Sunset Capital of Texas", you can't beat this restaurant with it's terraced views of the sunset sitting some 450 feet above the lake. Be prepared for crowds - especially on weekends - because everyone wants to see this view. We went on an extremely hot weeknight, though, and there were no crowds and no wait.
The Lakeway Resort and Spa is another popular spot on Lake Travis. Sitting right on a point on the lake, Lakeway includes 4 pools, fine dining, a spa, a marina and is surrounded by golf courses. It didn't work for us this time but I'd love to stay here sometime.
You can also rent a boat and enjoy swimming, skiing or wake boarding, try ziplining over the lake on the longest and fastest zipline in Texas or enjoy Volente Resort and Waterpark.
If you can't get to the shore, and you feel the need for water then a lake may be just what you need. And if you're in Texas, then Lake Travis may be that lake.Like everything in Texas, it's big - 18,000 acres and 270 miles of shoreline - so I'm sure you could find what you want here. Even just a few hours of peace and water. Or maybe you'd just like to see one of those famous sunsets in person.
How about you? Have you been to Lake Travis?
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