Austin is the capital of Texas and it is located along the Colorado River. The prairies of the coastal plain and the ranches is Texas hill country meet here. Although it has crowds and skyscrapers, it isn’t Texas biggest city but has a unique bohemian feel. Its population is growing fast as the university in this city attracts the talented and the young. The locals here try to make this city keep its weirdness so as to keep the original “anything goes” and laid back spirit alive.
Austin has a strong cultural identity, and it is a place where art is all around you and the self-proclaimed world’s live music capital. Once you start exploring this city, you will discover the locals have an affinity for state history, guitars, quirky humor, festivals, stars, and self expression. On a recent visit to the Texas Capital, friends of mine who run a garbage bin rental company in Alberta, found some great places to see on your trip to Austin. Here are the must see attractions.
Ziker Botanical Garden
Austin was the first pioneers of Texas wilderness and was created around buffalo herders camp fires. Although this city has spread its wings, you can still catch a glimpse of the past here. When you visit this zoo, ensure you see the longhorns which is symbolic of Texas.
Blanton Museum of Art
Browse this museum if you are looking for a conventional take on the cattle history of Austin. Head to McKinney falls where you can cool off by the streams or clamber over rocks.
South Congress Avenue
On the South Congress Avenue you can explore the quirky shops. Be prepared to encounter carnivalesque zebras and uncommon objects while shopping for a pair of boots, designer shirts, and vintage clothes.
Just like every other Texan city, there is no need to look far for lunch. There are food trucks on almost every street corner. You can choose from the German wurst, Indian dosa, or tex mex seafood.
This is a great place for dinner. You can take a seat on the terrace for a meal or drinks even in winter.
Food and Music Festival
Austin is also widely known for its food and music festivals like ACL and South by Southwest. The limits festivals pay tribute to the country’s longest running music program. Nelson was the first ever guest on this TV show and he used to perform in the rustic local landmark, the broken space. Before you go to pay respect to Stevie Ray Vaughan, the guitar legend here, you can listen to up and coming bands.
Head to the sixth street when night falls. It is a place for a wide variety of evening entertainment including a live band.
Catch a comedy show, watch a cult movie, have a cold beer, and listen to blues. Locals here say Austin had its own soundtrack; it is hard not to be taken.