Quirky, indie, exciting, beautiful – there are countless ways to describe Austin. The state capital of Texas is a perfect escape for anyone looking for live music, unique art, delicious food, and lush nature. Read on for ten must-sees in this colorful city.
The Oasis on Lake Travis
For one of the best views in Austin, head over to The Oasis on Lake Travis, also known as the “Sunset Capital of Texas,” to enjoy spectacular sunset views while dining.
While food trucks are common in most cities these days, Hey Cupcake!’s sleek Airstream trailer is one of the originals. Visitors and Austinites alike line up to try some of its creamy, fluffy and yummy treats.
Be prepared to queue early for Franklin Barbecue’s mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork, and other smoked meats. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch only.
No visit to the “Live Music Capital of the World” is complete without a visit to Sixth Street also know as “Dirty Sixth.” The area has countless colorful bars, restaurants, performers and music venues. On weekends, Dirty Sixth becomes pedestrian-only after 10:30 p.m.
Congress Avenue Bridge
Every night, crowds gather to watch a swarm of 1.5 million bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge to fly across Lady Bird Lake in search of food.
The Shady Grove
For some of the best home-cooking in Austin, head to The Shady Grove, a restaurant tucked underneath the shade of a tall pecan grove. Visit on a Thursday evening to hear great local bands perform.
New and experienced dancers love this dance hall. One of the last of its kind, the Broken Spoke offers live music, dance lessons, chicken-fried steak and beer (to help with the dancing) every Tuesday to Saturday.
South Congress Avenue
As visitors stroll down South Congress Avenue, they can scoop up curiosities from shops such as “Monkey See Monkey Do,” “Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds,” “Yard Dog,” “Big Top Candy Shop” and more.
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Go for the beer, live music or bingo. Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon is a classic honky-tonk that has been drawing large crowds for more than four decades.
Hamilton Pool Preserve
About 45 minutes outside the city, there is a collapsed grotto that is one of Austin’s most beautiful and best-kept secrets. At Hamilton Pool Preserve, visitors can swim in a natural pool surrounded by pristine, lush nature.