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Travel: Austin, Texas

Travel: Austin, Texas

Everything is bigger (and better) in Texas! And Austin is one place you don’t want to miss seeing.

I’ve been to Austin, Texas twice and I loved my second visit even more than I loved my first. Since the city is getting so popular we thought we’d help you with your next trip out!

[highlight]I would definitely recommend getting a car to explore Austin and its surroundings rather than taking cabs everywhere. [/highlight]It’s a little pricier but you have the city at your fingertips when you have a car. The parking situation in Austin sucks, just an FYI. 

WHERE TO STAY:

The W Hotel on Lavaca.

The W

This hotel is absolutely gorgeous! It’s trendy, in the middle of downtown, and has a great bar filled with people each night.

#BougieOnABudget: The Radisson on East Cesar Chavez Street. The hotel is right next to the lake and has a path for bikers and runners to get their workouts in. The pool is surprisingly really glam and there’s even a Starbucks in the hotel itself. It’s about 3 blocks away from The W and local bars. Highly recommend if you’re trying to watch your wallet. Or not. Because it’s nice either way!

THINGS TO DO/SEE:

The Capitol Building.

capital

It’s huge! And full of history. You can either get a free tour or look around for yourself. It’s worth taking an hour out of your day to see. 

Bars.

rattle inn

Austin is known for it’s music and bar scene. Our favorite? The Rattle Inn. We filmed there for Roadies and it’s true Texas style!

Boating/Kayaking/Canoeing.

canoes

Rent one of these on the lake, have sandwiches and salads ready, and enjoy the day! Obviously this is best in the summer, but if the weather is nice out, you can do it any season!

LBJ Presidential Library.

LBJ Library

This is another one for our history buffs. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for students with a valid student ID.

Congress Avenue Bridge.

bat bridge

About 1.5 million bats live under the bridge! And at certain hours people line up to see them fly out. It’s pretty cool (and scary).

HOPE Outdoor Art Gallery.

hope

For all of our artsy peeps, this one is a must-see. You have to hike to get to it, but it’s well worth it.

Congress Avenue.

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Full of stores and places to eat, this is my favorite street in Austin!

PLACES TO EAT:

Whole Foods (the flagship store).

wholefoods-corporate

Located on Lamar Blvd, this place is the size of freakin’ Los Angeles! It’s huge. And probably my favorite place to eat in Austin. They have a pizza bar, taco bar, smoothie bar, coffee bar, asian bar, an actual alcoholic bar, sandwich station, sushi station, on top of the biggest salad bar I’ve ever seen. 

Guero’s Taco Bar.

guero's

This is a great place if you want cheap Mexican food and yummy drinks. Next door there’s a burger place that has live music which looked like tons of fun. The queso and guac are a must here. 

Magnolia Cafe.

magnolia

Probably one of the cutest little cafes you’ll come across. And the food is divine — they serve all day breakfast! There’s something for everyone at Magnolia, but we def recommend going for breakfast.

The County Line on the Lake.

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Restaurant BBQ. If you’re looking to have a nice and somewhat pricey BBQ dinner, this is the place to be. The atmosphere and setting is great and everything is served family style. The beef ribs are to die for. The service is great and so is the staff. 

The Salt Lick.

salt lick

Located a little outside of Austin, this is where you go if you want some real country BBQ! You sit on picnic style tables and enjoy southern life. The food was so amazing that we were sad we came to The Salt Lick on our last day because we wanted to go again! Totally affordable and the portions are big enough to share if you’re not a big eater.

Food Trucks.

food trucks

The whole food truck trend started in Austin and it would be a shame if you didn’t stop to eat at just one! There are parking lots with just rows of different food trucks so come hungry and be prepared to eat!

 

Well, there you have it, a short and efficient guide to traveling Austin, Texas! Be sure to check out the hole-in-the-wall places to eat if you come across them, and hop into different bars because sometimes they have special themed nights. It’s really a young and happening city (wow, I sound like I’m 50. Cool.) full of culture. 

Have you visited before? What were your fave places?

xoNM

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