Day Trips® from Austin

Getaway Ideas For The Local Traveler

Book Description

For local travelers looking for an experience in their own backyard, Day Trips® from Austin is the essential guide to things to see and do around Austin—from Waco's Texas Ranger Hall of Fame to Museum of Handmade Furniture in Braunfels. With a population of nearly 700,000, and a metro area of 1.7 million and growing, America's #1 College Town (Travel Channel) is an ideal starting point for these and other activities:

* Do something sweet: Visit Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham to see the making of ice cream and you can enjoy a free scoop at the tour's end.

* Do something wonderful: Take a ride on a miniature train for a tour of Texas's largest petting zoo, and have your mind bent in the Anti-Gravity House at Wonder World in San Marcos.

* Do something outdoorsy: Vacation at one of the many dude ranches that dot the landscape around Bandera for horseback riding, cookouts, fishing, hiking, and even country-western dance lessons.

About Permenter, Paris

Paris Permenter and John Bigley are a husband-wife team of travel writers. Longtime residents of Central Texas, they make their home in the Hill Country west of Austin, near Lake Travis.

John and Paris write frequently about Texas and other destinations for numerous magazines and newspapers. They also write a monthly column on day-trip travel for San Antonio's Fiesta magazine.

John and Paris have authored numerous guidebooks. Their other books include Shifra Stein's Day Trips from San Antonio, Insiders' Guide to San Antonio,'s Guide to Caribbean Destination Weddings, Adventure Guide to the Cayman Islands, Adventure Guide to Jamaica, Caribbean with Kids, Cayman Islands Alive!, National Parks with Kids, Caribbean for Lovers, Gourmet Getaways, Jamaica Alive!, Nassau and the Best of the Bahamas Alive!, and Texas Barbeque, named best regional book by the Mid-America Publishers Association.

The team also edits Romantic Travel magazine, an online look at romantic destinations around the globe.

Both John and Paris are members of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers.

For more on the couple's writing and travels, see or