Two days is never enough to really get a feel for the city, but you certainly can get a lay of the land. Here’s a few tips on what to pack into a short stay in Austin, Texas.
The Waterfront – good for a stroll, jog or laying out on one of the docks. Kayak, SUP and bike rentals.
State Capitol Building – if you’re a history buff, the State Capitol Building is open to the public and worth a peak inside
Allen’s Boots – well worth a poke around the store to try on some fancy cowboy boots!
Random Wall Art – Everywhere in Austin there is bound to be a building wall with a fun saying, art or randomness. It’s a perfect photo scavenger hunt.
Rainey Street – What once used to be a derelict row of houses is now home to a unique row of bars. Craft Pride is at the tail end of the row on River & Rainey Streets, boasting only local brews. Heavy on the early 20’s crowd on weekend nights.
The White Horse – you quintessential Texan bar complete with pool, live honky tonk music, folk that actually dance and an outdoor space. Leave space for some Bomb Tacos – one of Austin’s taco cart gems.
Breakfast tacos – It’s a thing and it’s widely popular in Austin – especially those of Torchy’s Tacos. Get in early as there’ll be a line (but it moves fast)
Tattoo – if you’re in the market for a tattoo, make it a destination one and get it with Pineapple’s team. Book in advance. Shaman Modifications Tattoo and Body Piercings is a fun experience. Very professional but pricey.
Hike – It wasn’t much of a “hike” and the views were about worthy of 5 minutes, but still, it’s nice to get out of town and see the neighborhoods a bit. Mt Bonnell provides just that.
Road trip – If you’re around for the 3rd weekend of the month February thru November, head to Old Gruene for their artisan markets. It’s a fun little town and makes for a great afternoon road trip. Better yet – try to stay at a ranch for a night or two in order to experience rural Texas.
BBQ – When in Texas… We went to Black’s BBQ in Lockhart and it seemed Texas authentic (this coming from a veggo)
Recommendation on where to stay:
I would try to stay close to S. Congress Ave. It’s the trendier part of town and offers a neighborhood feel without the noise / rush of the downtown. You’ll likely drive anyways, so might as well be in a good go-to spot.
If I could go back I’d:
Run around Town Lake
Drink a margarita-tini
Swim in Barton Springs