You’ve made it into Austin/ San Antonio and you’re letting the city guide you through your trip- just don’t forget to hit these Bucket List favorites! Below are the must-do/ visit spots of these two cities. Your trip isn’t complete unless you’ve checked out all of the following:
Austin: Chow down on world-famous brisket at Franklin’s.
Austin has become one of the premiere BBQ destinations in the United States. With multiple great options to choose from, this city would appeal to even the pickiest of eaters. A local favorite and world-renowned spot is Franklin’s, featuring world-famous brisket. Open from Tuesday through Sunday, this hot-spot will have a line around the building before they’ve even opened. Although you won’t be served till 11am, the line starts at 7 in the morning with no chance to skip the line! Don’t let that beat you down though, the BBQ is definitely worth it and even allows you to bring a lawn chair and BYOB while you wait! Can’t make it in to Franklin’s? Check out some other BBQ favorites in Austin.
Austin: Discover your favorite band on Red River Street
Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin has held a reputation since the 1970s. Today, local luminaries include A trip to Austin isn’t complete without a ramble down Red River Street, where the Red River Cultural District encompasses a three-block radius of live music venues. Within steps of each other are great spots to enjoy some original rock, hip-hop, indie-pop, and blues performances. Looking for a specific scene or a different part of town? Here is your guide for live music in Austin.
Austin: Have lunch at one of the many food trucks
There are food trucks all over Austin – so much so that you could eat every meal of every day from them. From vegan options, to the most indulging deserts, there is something for everyone in every no matter what your taste buds are craving. If you’re looking for a unique experience, you’re not going to fall short. Try foods at an ambulance turned food truck- Granny’s Tacos, to giant donuts at Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts. Our favorite spot to find food tucks is South Congress, but you can truly find great eats all around the city. Check out a list of some of our favorites.
Austin: Sip a craft cold one at Jester King Brewery
Just like it’s food, Austin has a passion to satisfy your taste buds. Make your way to the outskirts of Austin for a world-renowned maker of farmhouse ales and barrel-aged wild ales at Jester King Brewery. This brewery is located on 165 acres of farmland and is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon getaway from the city. Are you more of a wine person? The Hill Country is known for its wineries. You can take a tour to Driftwood for your relaxing afternoon.
Austin: Get a bird’s eye view from Mount Bonnell
Austin is known for its scenic views overlooking amazing waterfronts from high elevation. Mount Bonnell, also known as Covert Park, is a prominent point along Lake Austin. Don’t worry, you don’t need to much time here unless you want to sit and enjoy the view. No hike needed, just climb 102 stairs up to an unforgettable view.
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San Antonio: Explore the food and fun of the fun of the RiverWalk
With an expansive reach through downtown and surrounding areas, the San Antonio Riverwalk showcases beautiful landscape and unique sights in the city. With miles of winding river in the heart of the city that leads you to numerous restaurants, bars, and shops. Enjoy riverside patio dining like the restaurants in La Villita, the oldest part of San Antonio, can offer, or jump on a river barge for a tour and history lesson. Coming with your significant other? Check our romantic guide to the Riverwalk.
Discover the best local artists at La Villita Historic Arts Village
If unique is what you seek, this is the place to go. La Villita, which literally means “little village,” sits right off the city’s beautiful River Walk. This small, historic community offers charming jewelry and craft shops along with boutiques and art galleries.
Chow down on tasty treats at the Pearl Farmers Market
If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, stop by the farmer’s market with all goods sourced within 150 miles of San Antonio. It’s also recently named “Best in Farmers Market”.
Take in legendary history at the Alamo
Attracting more than 2.5 million visitors a year, the Alamo is a significant part of Texan history. Serving as the first Spanish colonization, a historical site for the independence of Mexico, and the grounds where the Confederacy stood ground, the Alamo holds tons of history. This city has a lot to offer in terms of landmarks. Check out our list of top 10 things to do/see in San Antonio.
Sip a craft cold one at Ranger Creek Brewery and Distillery
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is San Antonio’s award-winning brewstillery. With handcrafted beer and whiskey made with lots of love, attention, and Texas attitude, this is a local hotspot that offers tours on Saturdays!
Explore the Pearl District for food, fun, and entertainment
Our favorite is the renovated Pearl Brewery complex is where savvy San Antonio shoppers go when seeking out original, high-quality design. Prepare to be tempted as you discover the collection of independent boutiques, local foods, and craft beer. If you’re around during the weekend, get yourself to the Pearl’s popular farmers market (early, before the crowds arrive) for more fun shopping and tasty bites.
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