As much as we love our 7×7 island of San Francisco, sometimes life warrants visits to other parts of the greater USA. As it just so happens, Austin, Texas turns out to be a beautiful place to visit in January (especially when it’s an El Niño year in California). After a recent trip to the big TX we present you with a condensed 24 hour itinerary that will allow you to see the most and make the most of what Austin has to offer. Now prepare yourself for some Tex-Mex that is going to change the way you think about tacos- forever.
Start out your day with a 10AM 90 Minute Austin Tour. This brief overview is a great way to see the entire city and hill country, which will help you get a feel for the layout of Austin and know what attractions you are most interested in exploring.
After you’re finished with your tour, make your way to the Torchy’s Tacos trailer park location for a brunch that will make you forget what burritos from El Farolito taste like (almost). Walk off your food coma by taking a stroll down South 1st Street- there’s lots of cool art and funky architecture to check out.
Next on the itinerary is a drive back into hill country to visit The Austin Contemporary, Laguna Gloria. This historic villa and outdoor sculpture collection are located on lush grounds adjacent to one of Austin’s lakes- which are really all part of one river that has been dammed in certain locations. The collection is on the smaller side, which will give you time to walk up the 102 steps to the top of Covert Park at Mount Bonnell for a beautiful view of the Austin skyline.
Head back down into the metropolis for a visit to the Flagship Whole Foods store on the corner of 6th and Lamar. The flagship location puts every other Whole Foods you’ve visited to shame, boasting a full “food court” and a seasonally operational ice skating rink on the roof. After picking up some organic snacks from Whole Foods, make the short drive over to the HOPE Outdoor Graffiti Park to enjoy your snacks with a cool view of Austin. If the desire so strikes you, you can even make your own graffiti addition to the park- legally!
The next big decision you’ll have to make is whether you want to eat mind-blowing sushi at Uchi Sushi, or make your way to Lamberts for BBQ. You really can’t go wrong with either, so don’t stress about it too much. When you’re finished with dinner it’s time for live music, of course! Check out what bands are playing at Hotel Vegas for a local Austin feel, or make your way to the Elephant Room if live jazz is more your style.
What are your favorite things to do in Austin? Let us know in the comments, and keep on keeping it weird. *
About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).