We have loved all our stops on this Texas/Tennessee road trip. However, we can honestly say that Austin is definitely at the top of the list. It was a wonderful way to end our two week road trip. Filled with great food, vibrant energy and beautiful scenery, Austin left us wanting more of this Capital, Texan city.
We had very limited time in this musical, food inspired town. So, we had to make the most of it by making sure we were on a tight schedule that would ensure we saw everything we wanted to see in such a short period of time.
Things you can't miss:
1. See the Bat's on the Congress Avenue Bridge:
When in Austin, you EAT!! The food is delicious and it's everywhere you go so you will never have an excuse to go hungry. In my last post I mentioned eating at Salt Lick BBQ. While we didn't get to eat there we heard nothing but great things. If you find yourself outside of town I would definitely recommend looking into it!
Other Eating Options:
~ Terry Blacks BBQ
At Terry Blacks, they chop the BBQ right in front of you. You go in choose your style and your sides and there it is. Served, right then and there!
Jo's Coffee Shop
Go to the Jo's Coffee Shop on Congress for the "I love you so much mural." But, it would be a shame to just go for the picture. So, make sure you taste some of their delicious beverages and food. Their cappuccino won't let you down!
Avenue B. Grocery
I think the pictures say it all. It was the PERFECT place to stop and grab a sandwich on a beautiful weekday.
Austin, being the food center of the world, also houses some of the most wonderful food trucks. On any of the main streets in Austin you can find a parking lot surrounded with multiple food trucks. For example, if you head over to Gordough's Donuts truck on 1st S. Street you will also find a taco truck, a hotdog truck along with welcoming picnic tables and good parking options. These food truck parking lots are PERFECT for that family outing. Everyone can get exactly what they want.
3. Explore the Capital
There are tons of great, local music venues surrounding ALL of Austin. Just take a stroll down sixth street, or head on over to Red River and you will find nothing short of amazing, fun music. Go catch a show at the "Granddaddy of all local music venues," The Continental Club and you won't be disappointed. Austin's local music scene is vibrant and exciting, so much fun! Throughout the years it has also housed many famous artists. Let's not forget to mention that the famous Willie Nelson also calls this his home. In fact, you can even head over to West Second Street to find the statue of Willie right outside of the Austin City Limits Studio.
5. Texas Star
One common theme on our road trip from North Carolina to Texas was Mural Findings. Every single place we traveled had a unique mural of some sort. We had so much fun spotting out these murals and taking some fun, random pictures. Well, let me tell you, Austin was the winner of mural findings. They had so many to choose from and although we were short on time, we did manage to get a look at some really great ones that this town had to offer.
Where to stay
âIf you are set on staying in downtown and not neccessarily looking for that budget friendly option you can check out a historical landmark, The Driskill Hotel. This antique stay in downtown dates back to 1886. and if you decide to not stay at The Driskill, you may want to consider at least walking through it's gorgeous entry way. The beautiful architecture and historical designs show true history brought alive with a modern touch.
If you are wanting to get out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin you drive right up the road to experience the best sunsets and views in Texas in our opinion. Our second night in Austin we drove out to Lake Travis. We were fortunate enough to get a Groupon for the Vintage Villa at Lake Travis. This was the absolute PERFECT way to end our road trip! Our room was complete with a jacuzzi tub and a balcony that overlooked the gorgeous scenery of the Lake. Talk about a relaxing, romantic stay? This is your spot!
If you're wanting to get a great meal but not leave your sunset of Lake Travis behind, don't worry, there's just the place. The Oasis restaurant, which was just up the road from the Vintage Villas had the same scenery with some great food to accompany it.
This concludes our road trip to and from the midwest. Josh, and I left Austin after a few days only to drive all the way back to Birmingham, AL where we stayed the night and hit the road once again to finish off that next day in our own bed for the first time in two weeks. We LOVE to travel in all forms and fashions but road tripping definitely topped the charts. There is something wonderful about being able to pile the car with all of your stuff, not worrying about weight and baggage and hitting the open road!
âTwo weeks, 4000 miles, nine states, countless southern cities, one Toyota, multiple donuts, a lot of coffee, an open road, two folks in love and a leaf that hung on the back of the car the entire trip. It was definitely one for the books.
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