The Lake Escape: Top 14 Swimming Holes.
Austin: Forget oil! Come summer, water is the most precious commodity, even in Texas. Luckily, Austinites can choose between beautiful lakes, such as Lake Travis, with its alluringly named Hippie Hollow beach, and countless swimming holes, like the slightly surreal Hamilton Pool, with its cascading waterfall curtain. parks.traviscountytx.gov/hippie-hollow, parks.traviscountytx.gov/hamilton-pool [Photo: Darrell Miller/Flickr]