One of the things on my bucket list is to travel to all 50 states. So, when I was going to Austin, Texas for work last year, naturally I had to plan some sightseeing and fun.
The second I stepped off the plane I could tell that Austin was a fun and eclectic city. Wasn't too sure yet why it was WEIRD and why we should "keep Austin weird", but there sure was something unique about this place.
We got into Austin a couple days early so we could tour the town - and that we did. Downtown Austin was, well, weird. GREAT area for a bar crawl. Too bad we didn't have time for that. But we did have time for the Jackalope bar. I mean... I had to...
Anyways...when I travel somewhere, I'm all about having places to see, things to find, activities to do. Prior to the trip, I read ALL about the murals you can find all over the city... thus... SCAVENGER HUNT! If you're ever in Austin - rent a car and go!
STOP 1: Welcome to Austin - probably the one mural EVERYONE has seen; on the corner of 1st and Annie St.
STOP 2: in between 6th and 7th street in downtown you will find this fun and eclectic wall
STOP 3: The mural you see ALL OVER postcards and what not. Don't mess with Texas.. it's a thing.. located on the corner of 6th street and interstate 35.
& my dads, the badass.
STOP 4: across 6th from the "you are here" mural, you will find a tank coming out of a building.. no joke.
STOP 5: this cute little unexpected find on our way to lunch; on 7th, between Brazos and San Jacinto.
STOP 6: A personal fav: Hi, how are you? Located on the corner of 21st and Guadalupe. This one truly shows how the City of Austin embraces its culture and weirdness. This mural - simple, cute - painted on the side of the building, and the Thai restaurant that went into the building did a spin off of the mural. Love that. Wouldn't see that in California..
STOP 7: You're my butter half; corner of Alamo and E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd on the side of an apt. building.
STOP 8: I love you so much; located on the corner of Congress and James. The cute little coffee stop that this artwork is on sells T-shirts featuring this writing. <3
STOP 9: the next day, we found this guy on Red River St. between 6th and 7th st.
STOP 10: probably the most FUN stop and the BEST way to end the scavenger hunt: The Hope Outdoor Gallery, located on Baylor and 11th. We spent quite some time here just exploring and reading and finding paintings under paintings.
&& don't forget to check out the guitars around the city, the university, the capital, play with cannons, and have a drink at the haunted hotel :)
Oh, and the bat bridge - PACKED! but the bats didn't give us much of a show. Supposedly its really cool...