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16 Places That Will Make You Fall In Love With Austin

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Updated: 24 November 2016
It’s not hard to pinpoint why Austin is one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the US. On top of potential career opportunities, people fall in love with the city itself. Here are some places that make Austin so charming.

360 Bridge Sunset

Hike up to the 360 Bridge Overlook and experience one of the best views of the 360 Bridge and the Austin skyline. Take in the vista during the early morning with a warm coffee or enjoy a picnic while you watch the sun set behind the bridge.

360 Bridge Overlook, 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX, USA

360 Bridge Sunset
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The Texas Capitol at Night

Take an evening to stroll down Congress Avenue and admire The Capitol at night. And while the whole building lights up year-round, it’s especially beautiful during the holidays.

The Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA

Texas Capitol at Night
Texas Capitol at Night | © J Dimas/Flickr

Auditorium Shores

Whether you’re just taking a walk along one of the Auditorium Shores trails or partaking in an event, you’ll find inspiration in the beauty surrounding you. Make sure to attend Food Truck Thursdays or one of the many music performances that take place during South by Southwest.

Auditorium Shores, 900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, USA

Auditorium Shores
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Lady Bird Lake

There are many ways to enjoy Lady Bird Lake, but the best method is by boat. Sail out on a kayak and explore the natural wildlife and unbeatable views of downtown Austin.

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA

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Mount Bonnell

Take in a sunset at the most beautiful overlook in Austin. Located in Covert Park, Mount Bonnell provides never-ending views of the Hill Country.

Covert Park at Mount Bonnell, 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX, USA

The Oasis on Lake Travis

Enjoy a meal and a sunset at The Oasis on Lake Travis. Make sure to arrive before the dinner crowd to secure a perfect viewing spot, although there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the restaurant.

The Oasis, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 266 2442

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Trail of Lights

Although Central Texas isn’t known for its white Christmases, there are still plenty of holiday activities to enjoy. The best is Austin Trail of Lights. It’s a free celebration in Zilker Park that offers live performances and light displays that extend across a section of the park, complete with themes like Candy Land and Santa’s Workshop.

Trail of Lights, 2400 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA

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Views at Stevie Ray Vaughn Memorial

Another stunning view of the Austin skyline is at Stevie Ray Vaughn Memorial, dedicated to a beloved Austin musician.

Stevie Ray Vaughn Memorial, Auditorium Shores, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX, USA

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

At any given time of the year, you can enjoy spectacular wildflowers at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. You’ll leave utterly bewildered at all the natural beauty this place offers.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 232 0100

Alamo Draft House

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Alamo Draft House

Alamo Draft House is local to Austin and quite simply the best theater you’ll ever visit. Head to the Ritz location on 6th Street for themed movie nights, custom pre-show clips, fried pickles, and draft beer.

Alamo Draft House (Ritz), 320 E 6th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 861 7020

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Congress Bridge

You can do many things on Congress Bridge, such as snap some classic downtown photos, but it’s actually more popular for the bats that hang just beneath it. Almost every night, the United States’ largest urban bat population heads out at dusk to grab a bite to eat, bringing in a crowd of people atop Congress Bridge to witness the event.

Congress Bridge, Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA

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The University of Texas at Austin

Whether you’re attending the university or not, it’s hard not to admire The University of Texas at Austin’s impressive campus. The central location also makes it ideal for students and faculty who want to quickly attain city access.

UT Austin Main Campus, 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX, USA

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‘Greetings From Austin’ Mural

Take the obligatory ‘I visited Austin’ Instagram photo in front of the city’s most welcoming outdoor mural.

Greetings From Austin Mural, 1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX, USA

Barton Springs

Enjoy this natural spring-fed pool during the incredibly hot summer days. It’s smack dab in the middle of the city, and the surrounding scenery is gorgeous.

Barton Springs, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA

Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool | © Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Bull Creek

Just north of downtown Austin is a small Texas oasis. Bull Creek features limestone canyons, springs, and waterfalls. It’s a perfect place to hike and then cool off in the water.

Bull Creek District Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin, TX, USA

East Side King

Austin is all about their really good food. Thankfully, East Side King delivers. One of Austin’s most loved food trucks, East Side King provides customers with a truly unique eating experience. They serve everything from kewpies to curry buns, and it’s all delicious.

Austin is all about their really good food
Austin is all about their really good food | © Courtesy of East Side King