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Thinking About Visiting Austin TX?

Thinking About Visiting Austin TX?

From colorful city art, live music, and incredible bbq, Austin, Texas is one of the most beloved cities in the USA.

 The fun-filled city has a unique vibe that coined the infamous phrase “keep Austin weird.” 

With it’s blend of musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, hipsters, and everything in between, Austin is an amazing place for a weekend visit!

This week we’ll explore how to safely travel to Austin during COVID.


Where to Stay:


A local boutique hotel strict with maintaining public safety, the Heywood Hotel is a gorgeous and affordable chic accommodation. 

Located directly in the center of East Austin, the Heywood is a short walk to attractions like Ladybird Lake, the Convention Center, and Sixth Street!

This renovated bungalow embodies the characteristics of Austin that you’ll fall in love with: fun-loving, laid back, and endlessly fashionable. 

A more adventurous stay, book a room at the Firehouse Hostel, a repurposed fire station with a hidden speakeasy!

In this new standard of travel, the hostel is committed to providing individual rooms for parties, ensuring public health and safety during your stay. 

Enjoy live music and handcrafted cocktails in the lounge of Austin’s longest standing fire station. 


Where to Eat:


For a true Texas experience, grab a breakfast taco at Jo’s Coffee.

Breakfast tacos might sound strange, but it’s essentially an egg filled wrap stuffed with sausage, bacon, cheese, potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, really anything that fits your palette! 

Jo’s Coffee has a wide variety of breakfast tacos, along with many tasty caffeinated beverages.

It’s also the home of Austin’s iconic mural, so make sure to take a photo!

A must-try restaurant in Austin is Torchy’s Tacos.

I know, tacos for breakfast, tacos for lunch, but to that I say...welcome to Texas.

Torchy’s is beyond incredible Texas-Mexican food that offers much more than just tacos! 

Try their grande burrito for a cheesy delight, and pair it with their jalapeno margarita!

For a nicer night out, dine at Perry’s Steakhouse for a chance to enjoy the pride and joy of Texas- their beef. 

Here, the steak is incomparably delicious. 

Though known for it’s beef, Perry’s prides itself on serving award-winning vegetarian entrees as well!

A little something for everyone.

For dessert, stop at Amy’s Ice Cream for the best ice cream in Texas. 

With over 350 rotating flavors (depending on the season) you’re bound to find one you love!

Things to Do:


Austin is known for being “weird”, so you must visit the Museum of the Weird!

Here, you’ll find random oddities that have awarded this museum the title of America’s Strangest Attraction. 

This museum explores everything from mermaids to the paranormal, so if the strange and rare is your cup of tea - make sure you take a private tour of this place.

One of the most “Austin’ activities to do is witness the night bat flight.

Each night, thousands of people gather at Congress Avenue Bridge to watch 1.5 million bats take flight simultaneously.

The bats fly from their home under the bridge across Ladybird Lake in what looks like a blanket of blackness. 

It’s so magnificent it draws thousands of spectators each night, you won’t want to miss it.

Rent kayaks or paddle boards at Ladybird Lake for some socially-distanced fun and exercise. 

Take a self-guided tour of Austin through the water for some relaxed fresh air.

You’ll have the option to take an outdoor yoga class, but all indoor facilities (the locker rooms)  are still closed to the public. 


Written By: Abby Ebb (Travel Secrets VIPs Official Intern)

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