Incredible Austin Texas Vacation Tips

Austin is the Lone Star state’s capital and likely its most liberal city. Some people refer to it as the San Francisco of the South particularly because of its vibrant art, music, and hippie culture. It is also one of the most fun college towns in the United States. There are plenty of cafes to hang out and chill, cheap restaurants frequented by students, and a pulsating nightlife. Consider some of these incredible Austin Texas vacation tips, in the event that you’re planning a trip to Austin.

Austin Texas Vacation Tips for your next Holiday

Get Your Cardio On

Rowing Dock Kayaks. Austin Texas vacation tips
Rowing Dock Kayaks

The Colorado River is such a big part of local life for those living around the Texas Hill Country and the primary reason why it makes our list of incredible Austin, Texas vacation tips. Anyone visiting Austin will at some point, pass through the river by foot, by car or by rail. It is the compass that divides Austin in half, marking those above the northern section and those below the southern section. The river’s calmness allows for plenty of water sporting activities such as kayaking, canoeing and standup paddleboard. For visitors and locals alike, these are just a few fun ways to relax, sightsee and enjoy the natural and man-made sceneries at the same time. Companies like Congress Avenue Kayaks and Rowing Dock offer affordable rentals by the hour starting at $10.

Another one of those incredible Austin Texas vacation tips lies just 40 minutes south of Austin, in a city called San Marcos. This small college town is well known in the state to have one of the best outlet shopping malls. San Marcos Premium Outlets features over 100 stores selling high-end labels and couture for bargain prices. If shopping is where you get your cardio on, this is definitely the place.

Live Music Capital

Kendrick Lamar at Austin City Limits. Austin Texas vacation tips
Kendrick Lamar at Austin City Limits

South by Southwest might be over, but that doesn’t mean that music stops playing in Austin. In fact, because the city is commonly referred to as the preeminent live music capital of the world; musicians and performers, big and small continue to come here year round to play at one of the bars, clubs or performance arenas. Austin plays host to concerts everyday of the year (check the calendar here) including the beloved Austin City Limits series. Opt to gear away from the craziness of college bars and clubs on 6th Street and check out 4th Street instead where you can hear local bands play their own composition or covers of your favorite bands. You can also head over to The Moody Theater; the home of Austin City Limits performances.

Sightseeing Central

Capitol Grounds, Austin. Austin Texas vacation tips
Capitol Grounds, Austin

If there’s one thing you ought to see while visiting Austin, it should be The Texas State Capitol. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, it has a large rotunda featuring portraits of all the presidents of the Republic and governors of the state, as well as a stunning Italian Renaissance Revival dome that’s even taller than the United States’ Capitol Building.

Also in downtown are several buildings belonging to the University of Texas. Some of these are worth visiting as well, especially the main building, which contains the infamous clock tower. 51 years ago, a student, who was also a trained sniper, randomly shot civilians from atop the tower. He killed 14 people, before he was gunned down by law enforcement. In addition to learning about the clock tower’s history, climbing it also provides visitors with a panoramic view of the campus and of the city of Austin.

A Favorite for Foodies

Barbacoa taco at Taco Deli. Austin Texas vacation tips
Barbacoa taco at Taco Deli

There are no shortages of great places to eat in Austin. Authentic Mexican taco stands are crowd favorites. Try a barbacoa or a carne asada at Taco Deli or catch the Veracruz All Natural food truck for a satisfying and fulfilling create your own breakfast taco.

Considering that this is Texas after all, it doesn’t seem right not to include at least one barbecue eatery in this list of incredible Austin Texas vacation tips. Thankfully for visitors to the state capital, the best one is in town. I’m referring to Franklin’s Barbecue, which was chosen by the food critics of Texas Monthly, as the best in the state (and the world for that matter).

Unique and Classy Accommodations

Hotel Saint Cecilia. Incredible Austin Texas Vacation Tips
Hotel Saint Cecilia

To round up this list of incredible Austin, Texas vacation tips; is a unique and classy accommodation spot, which is located in south Austin and away from the crowds and noise of downtown.  Hotel Saint Cecilia is the ideal place to stay on during your getaway because the hotel’s ambiance is comfortable, but mixed with retro fun. Also, the rooms are all suites and are tastefully decorated with handpicked contemporary furniture. Room rates begin at $345 per night.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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