Austin Travel Guide

Bert takes a music-and-food-loving couple on a 3-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Austin. Their adventure includes a game of chicken bingo, laying down tracks and drinking tequila with bluegrass stars.


Activities
Natural Bridge Caverns
This extensive network of underground caves is the largest of its kind in Texas. Located about an hour’s drive from Austin, the caverns were discovered in 1960 underneath a 60-foot bridge of limestone.
  • 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road
  • Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266 US

Natural Bridge Caverns

This extensive network of underground caves is the largest of its kind in Texas. Located about an hour’s drive from Austin, the caverns were discovered in 1960 underneath a 60-foot bridge of limestone.
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road Natural Bridge Caverns, TX, US
Phone: +1 210-651-6101
Allens Boots
Known for its large selection of western wear, this Austin shop showcases wall-to-wall, stylish boots and apparel, and has been frequented by celebrities looking for a unique western style while in town.
  • 1522 South Congress Avenue
  • Austin, TX 78704 US

Allens Boots

Known for its large selection of western wear, this Austin shop showcases wall-to-wall, stylish boots and apparel, and has been frequented by celebrities looking for a unique western style while in town.
1522 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX, US
Ginny’s Little Long Horn Saloon
This quirky saloon is home to a very unique Austin pastime: chicken bingo. Every Sunday, participants buy a numbered card and wait for the chicken to pick the winner based on -- drumroll -- where the chicken decides to poop.
  • 5434 Burnet Road
  • Austin, TX 78756 US

Ginny’s Little Long Horn Saloon

This quirky saloon is home to a very unique Austin pastime: chicken bingo. Every Sunday, participants buy a numbered card and wait for the chicken to pick the winner based on -- drumroll -- where the chicken decides to poop.
5434 Burnet Road Austin, TX, US
Phone: +1 512-524-1291
Texas Rowing Center
Enjoy urban kayaking courtesy of this rowing and kayaking concession, located on Lady Bird Lake. Rent a kayak, then explore the expansive reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin that offers a clear view of the city’s skyline.
  • 1541 West Cesar Chavez Street
  • Austin, TX 78703 US

Texas Rowing Center

Enjoy urban kayaking courtesy of this rowing and kayaking concession, located on Lady Bird Lake. Rent a kayak, then explore the expansive reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin that offers a clear view of the city’s skyline.
1541 West Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX, US
Phone: +1 512-467-7799
Court Yard Hounds
This country music duo is made up of Austin residents and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, formerly of The Dixie Chicks. The release of their self-titled album in May 2010 came on the heels of their debut appearance at SXSW.

Court Yard Hounds

This country music duo is made up of Austin residents and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, formerly of The Dixie Chicks. The release of their self-titled album in May 2010 came on the heels of their debut appearance at SXSW.
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Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris
This 3-time bull-riding champ brushes up on the sport at his private ranch near Austin, TX. In his nearly 20 years of riding, Harris has won more than $1.5 million in prize money and is considered one of the best in the business.

Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris

This 3-time bull-riding champ brushes up on the sport at his private ranch near Austin, TX. In his nearly 20 years of riding, Harris has won more than $1.5 million in prize money and is considered one of the best in the business.
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Hotels
The Driskill Hotel
Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, this historic hotel in downtown Austin showcases luxury accommodations, including a massage and fitness center, live music at the Driskill Bar and 189 uniquely designed rooms.
  • 604 Brazos Street
  • Austin, TX 78701 US

The Driskill Hotel

Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, this historic hotel in downtown Austin showcases luxury accommodations, including a massage and fitness center, live music at the Driskill Bar and 189 uniquely designed rooms.
604 Brazos Street Austin, TX, US
Phone: +1 512-391-7039

Restaurants & Bars
La Condesa
Head to this James Beard Award-nominated, modern Mexican restaurant for the largest selection of tequila in all of Austin. The restaurant occupies a prime spot in the 2nd Street District, across from Austin City Limits and the W Hotel Austin.
  • 400 West 2nd Street
  • Austin, TX 78701 US

La Condesa

Head to this James Beard Award-nominated, modern Mexican restaurant for the largest selection of tequila in all of Austin. The restaurant occupies a prime spot in the 2nd Street District, across from Austin City Limits and the W Hotel Austin.
400 West 2nd Street Austin, TX, US
Phone: +1 512-499-0300
The Salt Lick
Located in the hills of Driftwood just outside of Austin, this barbecue restaurant has been cooking up its legendary brisket, sausage and pork ribs over a giant indoor open pit since 1967. Enjoy the patio at night, along with live music. Cash-only.
  • 18300 Farm to Market 1826
  • Driftwood, TX 78619 US

The Salt Lick

Located in the hills of Driftwood just outside of Austin, this barbecue restaurant has been cooking up its legendary brisket, sausage and pork ribs over a giant indoor open pit since 1967. Enjoy the patio at night, along with live music. Cash-only.
18300 Farm to Market 1826 Driftwood, TX, US

Transportation
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Known for its character and hospitality, the airport also upholds high sustainability standards, such as 100% recycled steel used in the terminal structure and much of the airport’s energy supplied by huge wind turbines in West Texas.
  • 3600 Presidential Blvd
  • Austin, TX 78719 US

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Known for its character and hospitality, the airport also upholds high sustainability standards, such as 100% recycled steel used in the terminal structure and much of the airport’s energy supplied by huge wind turbines in West Texas.
3600 Presidential Blvd Austin, TX, US
Phone: +1 512-530-2242

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