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Austin City Guide


After two years in Dallas, I finally made it to Austin!

Why did it take so long???

I’m not sure to be honest.

Too far? Not at all.

Too busy? Probably!

A few weeks ago, after visiting San Antonio, and before heading down to Houston to pickup my passport renewal from the consulate, we decided to check out Austin for a couple of nights. Overall, it was fun! It was also extremely hot, which made the fun a little less, well, fun! We still had a great time as we got to see quite a lot, especially once the sun was down.



Below you will find some of the places I visited and highly recommend.

What to see/do

The State Capital

The State Capital is for Austin what the Eiffel Tower is for Paris. It’s the most recognizable landmark in the city. Opened in 1888, the pink-granite building stands 14 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Make sure to check out the interiors, as with its majestic dome and all the governor’s portraits, it is as interesting inside as the outside.


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Walk or ride a bike along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

Not only is the trail great for watching uber fit shirtless men, it also offers great views of the Austin skyline, within the foreground of the beautiful Colorado River. The whole area is filled with big lawns which makes it the perfect spot for a romantic picnic or a quick nap in the grass.



Watch the bats from the Congress Avenue Bridge

You might think this is a weird thing to mention in a travel guide, but it’s actually a real must-do activity in Austin, gathering thousands of tourists every night during the summer season. Approximately 1.5 million bats have made the Congress Avenue Bridge their home. Every spring the Mexican free tailed bats migrate north to the bridge to give birth and raise their offspring. Come summer time, the bats can be seen each evening at sunset as they emerge for their nightly excursions before heading back to central Mexico in the fall. Make sure to be there at least 30 min before sun down to insure a good viewing spot.

Where to eat

June’s All Day – a very cute spot for brunch/lunch on South Congress Avenue, with new American cuisine and cocktails. Their French looking outdoor terrace makes a great place if you're with your four-legged furry friends.

Upstairs at Caroline – located on the second floor of the Aloft Austin Downtown, this dog-friendly air-conditioned outdoor space casually serves tasty street tacos and refreshing cocktails.

Where to stay

We stayed at the Aloft Austin Downtown, and we had the best time. Our Breezy Room on the 27th floor of the building overlooked the city, and offered fantastic views, day and night. We could even see the State Capital which was pretty awesome!


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Even though our room wasn’t big, the floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the room made the room feel very spacious and comfortable.


The hotel is dog friendly, which allowed us to bring Lily and Grayson (our Yorkies). The staff had a dog bed, feeding bowls and dog treats waiting for their arrival, which was a great treat for them.

How to get around

Being in downtown, the Aloft Austin Downtown is within walking distance to many attractions the city has to offer, including the State Capitol and the Congress Avenue Bridge, known for housing millions of bats. In case you need a ride, I highly recommend Lyft as it is always easy and affordable.


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I was a guest of the Aloft Austin Downtown. All opinions are 100% mine.

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