When you’re not feeling the rush of the world’s greatest NASCAR drivers coming together for the first time in Austin, explore the surroundings and enjoy what makes this one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Here are five excursions to get you started on your stay in the capital city of Texas:

Enjoy Great Views at Mount Bonnell
Generally considered the highest point in Austin at 775 feet, Mount Bonnell offers the best views of beautiful Lake Austin. Whether you make the 102-stair climb in the middle of the day or at sunset, the overlook promises sweeping views and a great spot to enjoy a picnic.

Stroll Through South Congress
This neighborhood is the perfect place to stroll with its wide array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues. Just a short walk from Hike & Bike trail surrounding Lady Bird Lake, visitors can shop local businesses like Parts & Labour and Co-Star, grab a bite to eat at Home Slice Pizza, Guero’s Taco Bar or Aba Mediterranean cuisine. Be sure to snap a pic by the iconic “I Love You So Much” mural by Jo’s Coffee!

Explore Lady Bird Lake
With around 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder Austinites love their outdoor activities. Located right next to downtown, Lady Bird Lake is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. You can rent a stand-up paddle board, kayak or canoe and explore the miles-long waterway. You also can catch a ferry during sunset to watch 1.5 million bats venture out of their home under the South Congress bridge. Dry land more your thing? Explore the 10-mile Hike & Bike trail, which lines Lady Bird Lake.

Get Artistic at the Blanton Museum of Art
Those more artistically inclined can visit the Blanton Museum of Art. This museum offers thought-provoking, visually arresting and personally moving encounters with a variety of modern and contemporary art. The museum also has perfect photo opportunities, so make sure you stop by to enjoy all it has to offer.

Eat & Drink Your Way Through Rainey Street
Renovated houses turned into bungalow bars on Rainey Street remains one of the city’s hottest destinations. Day or night, you can find people hopping from bar to bar and visiting the food truck park for indulgent eats. Satisfy your cravings at popular food trucks including the Burro Cheese Kitchen for artisan grilled cheese, Via 313 for Detroit-style pizza and Little Lucy’s for fresh donuts. If you’re in the mood for finer dining, head to the chef-driven restaurant, Emmer & Rye.

For a full list of entertainment, art and culture, cuisine and stunning outdoor experiences, check out the Visit Austin website at www.AustinTexas.org.