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Alright, so I had the ultimate girls trip in Austin, Texas and it was an absolute blast! With such a short amount of time, my friends and I jam packed as much as we could while we were there and I must say we did a great job!
To start off, I parked my car at Park ‘N Fly as usual because it really just makes sense to me. I couldn’t find someone to give me a ride to the airport, not to mention that an Uber is super expensive. So naturally I took my car to Park ‘N Fly since it’s way cheaper AND the bus takes me to and from the airport. It’s ideal and perfect!
We decided to stay at an Airbnb downtown that was close to pretty much everything to our liking. For anyone who decides to stay downtown as well, there is shuttle that picks you up from the airport to the convention center (which is a few blocks away from the heart of Downtown) for only $1.75 the ride.
Downtown was pretty much a convenient fun place for us to stay because there are 100+ plus restaurants, bars, shops, State Capitol, Town Lake, Congress Street ‘Bat’ Bridge, Historic Paramount Theater, Museums, and other tourist attractions. On 6th Street you’ll have direct access to one of the most popular streets in the ‘Live Music Capitol of the World’. If you don’t feel like going out to bars, there are many local restaurants, shops, grocery stores including Flagship Whole Foods Market. The music venues stay open till 2am or later, so if the night life is not your style, keep in mind that this location can get pretty loud at night.
Places to Eat
With many restaurants that were recommended to us and a short amount of vacation time we were able to go to the following:
- Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant. We spent our friends 30th birthday here actually. The food was delicious. I had their entrée of tacos with rice and beans which I fully recommend.
- Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden. This place is popular for the different type of sausages and craft beer, try as many as you can! They are yummy! There’s also a nice big patio in the back where you can eat if you choose to.
- The Picnic Austin- Food Truck Park. I was overwhelmed with joy with this park because there were so many food trucks to choose from different kind of cuisines.
- Voodoo Doughnut. My first time going! I got the one called ‘Dirt’ with Oreos. Friendly warning: this spot is cash only.
- Soursop. Hidden food trailer where you can eat Asian Cuisine and Fusion Fare.
- Franklin BBQ. The waiting time can be long (about 2-3 hours) so make sure you go ahead of time. The quantity and quality of brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats is worth going.
Hikes and Trails
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
And now to the fun activity! We walked one tail called Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake passing skyscrapers. The 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized recreational area. My girlfriends and I just really used this time to walk around while talking and catching up since we all live in different cities and had not seen each other for a while. It was very nice to do something active during the trip. We also came across other people running, riding bikes, or taking pictures. Make sure to bring water and stay hydrated.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
If you’ve heard of a ‘Bat Bridge’ then this is the location you’re looking for. It’s actually crossing over Lady Bird Lake which is the trail I described above. The Congress Avenue Bridge was renovated to attract migrating Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. You can also view the bats from the actual trail as well. The best time to watch the bats is late March and continuing through early fall around sunset, but the night show can take place anywhere from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. It could take the bats about 45 minutes to exit the bridge for the night.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt was absolutely breathtaking. The 12 mile trial has 7 access points. It’s good for hiking, swimming, mountain biking, rock climbing, and bird watching. And the best part is that the park is also dog friendly. My friends and I spent about 7 hours to hike a bit and take pictures, we enjoyed every minute of it. During our experience we passed by locals hiking, and rock climbing which was very cool to witness and introduce ourselves. We decided not to stay longer, but if I were to go back to Austin, I would definitely spend all day doing this hike again.
To all my jet-setters who love to dance the night away, drink cocktails, or ride a mechanical bull, this is the topic for you! There were two streets my friends and I went for barhopping. One location was at the heart of downtown called 6th Street Downtown, and the second one is called Rainy Street which is surrounded by historic beautiful bungalow style houses. They were crowded with people, music, and food trucks. Way too much fun to not go, trust me.
6th Street Downtown
- Garage. Hidden tiny bar with yummy craft cocktails.
- Midnight Cowboy. Speakeasy setting with fancy cocktails.
- HandleBar. Nice rooftop bar with craft cocktails and a funky theme.
- Easy Tiger. Great beer selection with ping-pong, bread, and house-made sausages.
- Casino El Camino. One of the most popular on 6th street. It’s an old-school Austin bar.
- Container Bar. Cool outside bar with a dance floor and multiple rooms with bars.
- Unbarlievable. By far the most unique bar in this city. Many vivid colors surrounding the walls with an indoor slide to ride!
- Lucille. A renovated house with indoor and outdoor patio bars, and games to play like Jenga.
I hope you all enjoy Austin as much as I did & make the most of it!