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48 Hours in Austin

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The Lone Star State capital- “Austin,” attracts folks from all around the world. This city is loaded with awesome cultural activities, live music venues, markets and restaurants. Explore this hip and happening city in 48 hours.

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First Day to Explore Austin!

9:00am- Relaxing Stroll on the Lady Bird Lake Trail

Begin your day by taking a bike ride, walk or jog at the Lady Bird Lake Trail. You can also rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or canoe from one of the many rental shops along the trail and glide down the mellow river.

10:00am- Grab Breakfast at Austin Farmer’s Market

Head over for breakfast at the Austin Sustainable Food Center. This spot offers fresh and local organic produce. To experience the true local flavor, this is the spot!

Address: 422 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas
Distance from Lady Bird Lake Trail: 1.3 miles

11:00am- Explore the Austin History!

Head over to the pink-granite Texas State Capitol (1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701, United States). It is an impressive building with rich history.

Then head over to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Avenue), where you can know the story of Texas. Just 2 minutes walk from Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is the Blanton Museum of Art (200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard) which holds the fabulous collection of modern works.
Just 3 minutes walk from Blanton Museum of Art is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78705, United States). This building holds about 45 million pages of historical documents from the time of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s term in office as president of the United States. Also, this spot houses displays charting his career and life.

2:00pm- Lunch

Want something traditional for lunch, head over to Texas Chili Parlor (1409 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States). This eatery serves American and Tex-Mex cuisines, and is popular spot among the locals.

Distance from Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum: 1.5 miles or 5 minutes drive

3:00pm- Shopping along South Congress

Drive to South Congress Avenue, nicknamed as SoCo., where you can browse antique stores, do vintage shopping, be gobsmacked by the Big Top Candy Store. Pick up some Texas style cowboy boots at Allens Boots. This spot is for hipster and vintage shopping!

Distance from Texas Chili Parlor: 4.1 miles or 7 minutes drive

5:00pm- Coffee at Houndstooth

Grab a coffee at Houndstooth (401 Congress Ave). Pick your coffee from various options available. Hip, laid-back vibe!

Distance from South Congress Avenue: 2.1 miles

6:00pm- Relax at the Barton Springs Pool!

Wanna unwind and relax! Take your bathing suit and go to Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746, United States), a spring-fed oasis surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Distance from Houndstooth: 2.2 miles or 9 minutes drive

7:00pm- An Aperitif

Go for an evening drink at South Congress Avenue. You can go to Guero's Taco Bar (1412 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States) which serves best margaritas; or can go to retro, chic style South Congress Cafe (1600 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, United States) for some local beer.

9:00pm- Dinner

Head to La Condesa (400 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States), which is 1.4 miles from South Congress Avenue for dinner. This spot serves the modern Tex-Mex with a creative twist.

10:00pm- Time to soak up in the Live Music Capital of the World!

Experience the Austin nightlife on Sixth Street. “Keep Austin Weird” slogan is in full swing at this street. You can catch a live show at one of the many spots on the sixth street, or grab a drink and dance into one of many nightlife spots.

You can also go to The Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States) for some jazz, rock or blues; or want to do two-step at a Texas honky tonk, then head over to The Broken Spoke (3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, United States).

1:00am- Are you Hungry?

Head over to 24 Diner (600 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703, United States) for their very famous waffles and Texan classics.

A Map Guide on Austin Day 1 Tour


Look Forward to an Exciting Day 2 Austin Tour!

10:00am- Grab Coffee at Flat Track

Kick-off your day with espresso at Flat Track (913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, United States). This spot serves awesome cold brew and espressos.

11:00am- Time for Scrumptious Breakfast

Head over to La Barbecue (902 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702, United States) for some Texas-style brisket. This is one of the best barbecue spot in Austin.

Distance from Flat Track: 1 minute

12:00pm- Explore the Music City!

Head over to Waterloo Records (600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, United States), where you can peruse music from all around the world and Texas. Also, visit BookPeople, the local bookstore.

Distance from La Barbecue: 1.7 miles or 6 minutes drive

1:00pm- Out to Lunch

Grab lunch at the Walton’s Fancy & Staple ( 609 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States). This spot offers some delectable salad, sandwiches, soup and dessert. You might happen to run into the Oscar-winning actress- Sandra Bullock, the owner of Walton’s.

Distance from BookPeople: 0.6 miles or 3 minutes drive

2:00pm- Shop on Second Street

Walk down the Second Street, you’ll find beautiful boutiques, unique antique shops, kitschy homeware, gifts and clothes shops.

Address: 421 W 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
Distance from Walton’s Fancy & Staple: 0.5 miles or 3 minutes drive

3:00pm- Walk in the Park

Head over to Zilker Park (2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704, United States). This spot is a center for several recreational activities. It has a botanical garden, kayaks for rent, a rose garden, sculpture garden, and a butterfly garden.

4:00pm- Experience Nature!

Visit the Austin Nature and Science Center (2389 Stratford Drive, Austin). This is a “must-see” spot. It’s the blend of park, museum and zoo, and features native Texas animals. The major attraction of this spot is the Dino Pit Exhibit, a fabulous hands-on display where children can dig for fossils. Nice Collection of Exhibits!

Distance from Zilker Park: 0.2 miles or 1 minute drive

5:00pm- Catch up a live performance!

Head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts (701 West Riverside Drive), which is 2.1 miles from the Austin Nature and Science Center. This Center holds classical music, ballet, comedy and opera performances. You can also go to the Moody Theatre (2ND Street District, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701, United States) which features Austin City Limits- the longest running music event.

6:00pm- Grab a drink at Hangar Lounge

Go for drinks at Hangar Lounge (318 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701, United States), a retro-airport themed hangout fitted with astro-turf. This spot offers a beautiful skyline views.

Distance from the Moody Theatre: 0.3 miles or 2 minutes drive

8:00pm- Supper

Enjoy Supper while sipping cocktail or a beer at Contigo (2027 Anchor Lane, Austin, TX 78723, United States), South Texas ranch inspired restaurant with an outdoor patio.

10:00pm- Hit the dance floor at The White Horse

Head to the honky-tonk dive bar- The White Horse. Do some two-step! Live music is served up seven nights a week in this hip spot.

Distance from Contigo:
3.2 miles or 10 minutes drive

11:00pm- Nightlife has just started, have a blast at the Rainey Street!

Rainey Street is brimming with bars and nightlife spots. You can go to Half Step (75 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701, United States) for some great cocktails, or The Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701, United States) to get some retro vibe, live music and creative cocktails, Clive Bar (609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, United States) for some local bear and cocktail.

Distance from The White Horse to Rainey Street: 1.1 miles or 5 minutes drive

A Map Guide on Austin Day 2 Tour

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