A brisk jaunt up 99 wide steps cut into the eastern ledge leads to Austin's highest point; there's also a sloping path on the north side to the observation platform at the top. From there, the city spreads out around you like a toy town: skyscrapers, neighborhoods, Lake Austin, MoPac - perhaps the secret of the place is literally its perspective. Which is as close to heaven as we get here. Lovers come from all over to take it in. Every year, a few more office buildings and homes crop up in the views to the south and west, but if you look east in the nighttime, it's still the pretty little lights of town.
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