I recently got back from an incredible 4 day trip to Austin, Texas, and am now officially obsessed!
It might take my spot for 2nd favorite city in the U.S. (after SF)!
I can’t even believe I just said that. Sorry Chicago, you might be moving to 3rd place.
The food, live music, rooftop bars, friendly people, and cost of living all make me want to pick up my life and move there.
I did the drive from Dallas to Austin because I was in Dallas for work. My girlfriends and I decided to meet in Austin since none of us had been there before. I ended up driving in a rental car from Dallas and it took me about 3 hours.
I stopped to buy kolache’s at The Little Czech Bakery on the way and they were incredible. You can’t miss this little area if you’re driving from Dallas to Austin. I didn’t even know what a kolache was until I stopped here and fell in LOVE.
Here’s an extensive list of all of the things you MUST do in Austin, Texas. I started the list with areas to explore and ended with FOOD…duh.
What to do in Austin, TX
Greetings from Austin Mural – photo above at the mural
Austin Graffiti Park – It was hot as hell when we went, but it was fun to check it out!
Lambert’s Downtown BBQ – If you go to their Sunday brunch, don’t be tricked. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet including all of their menu items. We literally rolled out of there, but who can turn down ribs for breakfast?
Spartan Pizza – There are tons of late-night pizza places in Austin, but this place has the BEST ranch. Get it…it’s amazing.
Rainey Street – This street is awesome! All houses turned into outside bars. We went to quite a few fun ones including Bungalow, Icenhaurs, The Container Bar, The Black Heart, and Clive Bar.
West Sixth Street Bars – These bars are super fun with a bit of an older crowd.
Dirty Sixth Street Bars – Mostly college kids, lots of alcohol specials, a great place to rage.
*We rented an Airbnb at the Corazon apartments in Austin. This location was perfect close to most of the places we wanted to go. We mainly got around by taking Lyfts and Ubers and rented a car to drive to Barton Springs.
If you go to Austin, let me know so I can live vicariously through you!
Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 30 something from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. After a trip around the world, my heart chose Idaho. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography, and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.