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A Solo Traveler's Guide To Austin

Lady Bird Lake | © Justin Jensen/Flickr
Lady Bird Lake | © Justin Jensen/Flickr
Austin is quickly becoming the city where everyone wants to be. You’ve heard about the bats, the weird, and you can’t wait to take it all in. No one blames you. Austin is growing every day and still has the perfect mix of innovation and old-school culture. It is known for the live music, but you’ll find so much more than that if you’re open to it.

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In need of a morning coffee to get you ready for your day? Austin has some of the coolest cafés in the country. In fact going to a café here isn’t just for your morning cup. Cafés are rocking late into the night, and some have live music and others have full bars. Austin has its own spin on what a café atmosphere should be. Take Café Java as an example. This café in North Austin has the coolest interior design you’ll find. The crazy art on the wall? You can take one home for a price.
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Catch A Show, Of Course

Here in Austin, there are so many venues so you’ll never have to stand in a crowded room just to hear great music. Some of the best shows are held in nightly jam sessions at old Austin hotspots. No lines, no flashing lights, just good music. Austin is a prime location for mainstream artists all the way down to homegrown acts. You don’t need a ticket for ACL because you might be able to catch your favorite singer in a small venue off the beaten path.

The Spits at Emo's © Incase/Flickr

See The City

Just walking down the street can be an adventure here. Hit up South Congress to see Austin at its finest with quirky shops and restaurants. Just because you came alone doesn’t mean you have to see it alone. Take a tour with a guide to get the most out of your trip. Austin is a beautiful city, and no matter what, you are always moments away from more excitement around the next corner.

Austin Bats at Congress Bridge © Steve/Flickr

Grab A Bite, Or Two

Austin didn’t miss out on the food truck explosion that has been happening for the past years. Great food isn’t hard to come by here, and once you’ve had the perfect mix of Tex-Mex from a local Austin food truck, you’ll never want to eat anywhere else again. Keep your eyes open for trucks around the city or just follow the rest of the people looking to get their grub on. If you don’t come across a few random trailers while walking around the city, you can always visit a food truck park.

Ms P's Electric Cock © Alaina McDavid/Flickr

Enjoy The Weird

This is when the fun starts. Being weird in Austin is the only way to truly be accepted by the locals. Embrace your inner weirdo, and you will find some very interesting spots. There are many museums dedicated to the supernatural, thousands of bats flying from the South Congress bridge, and a never-ending list of spots where the strange and unusual go to spend their time. Embracing the fun of it all is what keeps this city alive.

Graffiti Park © A Yee/Flickr