Guide to Austin

Here is a list of things I have managed to do since I left Austin last weekend:

  1. Search for apartments in Austin
  2. Look at Gourdough’s online menu several times even though there isn’t one in California
  3. Hung up my new prized possession Mr. Longhorn (a longhorn skull I bought at Antique Week)

I know this list is very overwhelming. I absolutely love Austin and I can’t wait to move one day in the (hopefully) near future. My family recently moved to the Lakeway area and I’m in love with their little community and how close they are to Lake Austin and Lake Travis. I visited last summer as well so this post is a combination of things I did on both trips.

Visit Gourdough’s! My mom and I went to the truck, but there is an actual restaurant downtown. We tried the Miss Shortcake and Flying Pig. Highly recommended.


Tour the University of Texas campus. Once upon a time UT was my dream school. but life obviously took me in a different direction. I still love touring new college campuses even though I’m graduated. The campus is beautiful and you definitely have to stop at the stadium. I even got to check out the ADPi house!

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Tour the Capital Building. Ah I love history. Political buildings, libraries, and statues give me all the feels. What’s extra cool about the Texas Capital is that it’s right in the heart of downtown Austin so you can see it from Sixth Street and when it’s lit up you can spot it from almost anywhere!



There are so many random graffiti walls and picture spots around Austin. These are the only two I have snapped a photo of so far, but I hear the graffiti park at Hope Outdoor Gallery is pretty amazing. The “I love you so much” wall is at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress and this Austin mural is on 6th Street & SB I-35 Access Road.



Watch the bats at sunset under the Congress Avenue Bridge. To be honest when I tried to watch them last weekend it was one of the few days of the year they didn’t come out. We waited for an hour and a half and they stood us up, how rude of those bats! If you don’t want to miss out like I did read this article on bat season in Austin.

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Obviously one of the biggest draws about visiting Austin is the constant party on Sixth Street. I’ve been to Vegas, New Orleans, and spring break in Destin, but Austin is in a category of it’s own. In a way it reminds me of New Orleans because the streets are filled with bars in comparison to the club scene in Vegas. I must say Sixth Street is definitely a little cleaner than Nola though. I went to so many bars and by the end of the night all of the names because a little fuzzy to me (for obvious reasons) but I would recommend to check out as many as you can. The good news is if you don’t like one bar you can just head next door to different one! The picture below is at the Jackalope and nothing tastes better than drunk pizza at 3 a.m.

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Eating at The Oasis on Lake Travis was probably my favorite thing we did in Austin. The views are incredible and it’s so big it’s almost like a theme park. You can eat, shop, and watch live music on the weekends. You MUST go at sunset to get the best pictures!

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Any suggestions for my next trip to Austin? There are so many more restaurants on my list by the time I go through them all I’ll be weighing in at 1,000 pounds! Suggestions are welcome in the comments 🙂



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