Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm staying in a hostel on the river which has a great view of the downtown skyline of Austin (the HI hostel).

However, I'm wondering if there's a tower that's publicly accessible in downtown Austin for a (preferably 360 degree) view of the city and surrounding area.

Free is preferred, but would be prepared to pay if need be.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 1 down vote accepted

Have you tried University of Texas' Observation Deck.

It's not free but not even in the range of Empire state building or Rockefeller Center. You can also see the virtual tour of the tower and the views on their website as well.

Plus it also has some history though pretty gruesome.

share|improve this answer
    
They're closed at present, but I may try to contact them tomorrow, apparently you have to reserve in advance, and they're only open on weekends. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm eyeing up, however, one of the giant towers downtown as ideal - although it might be like the Empire State Building in NYC - a great view but the only place in NYC where you don't get a view of the Empire State Building! :) –  Mark Mayo Apr 26 '13 at 23:25
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.