If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Austin has a lot to say. The city is full of “insta-worthy” views that would make anyone with a camera phone and a social media account go crazy. Feel free to snap and share any of the great moments you have in Austin, but here is a list of essential pictures to capture during your time in town:
Hope Outdoor Gallery 1101 Baylor St.
This graffiti park, located in central Austin on Castle Hill, is a spectacle worth pulling over for. The vacated lot-turned-outdoor art gallery encourages local artists to contribute their talents, creating an ever-changing wall of large scale art. While permission is needed to leave a mark on the wall, everyone can participate by taking pictures of the colorful and inspirational work by local artists.
“I love you so much” Mural 1300 S. Congress Ave.
Located on the side of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, this sweet mural is a local landmark for couples and friends alike. The simple declaration of adoration quickly went viral in 2010 when a local musician spray painted a love letter to her partner, the manager of Jo’s Coffee. Don’t miss the chance to get a picture in front the iconic mural - whether solo or with your soul mate.
Mount Bonnell 3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd.
Mount Bonnell is not only a designated Texas Historic Landmark, but is also a popular destination for both tourists and locals. A small hike up the hill will bring you to some of the greatest views of the city, Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. Snap a picture of the scenery or Austin’s “violet crown” sunsets for a breathtaking photo to share with friends.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial 800 W. Riverside Dr.
Take a walk around the Lady Bird Hike-and-Bike Trail and stop to pose with Austin’s local blues hero, Stevie Ray Vaughan. The continued adoration of the late guitarist is made apparent by flowers and notes at the foot of the statue. The statue pays tribute to the number of concerts that Vaughan performed in Austin, as well as the city’s booming live music scene.
Zilker Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
The stomping grounds for numerous events during the year like Kite Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker offers one of the best views of downtown. So, while you’re there, whether it’s at a festival or simply hanging out with friends, a picture with Austin’s iconic skyline in the background will make the memory last a lifetime and really capture the spirit of Austin.
What better way to show off how much you’re enjoying Austin than to share what’s on your plate. Austin’s restaurant scene has been growing and is becoming one of the top foodie destinations in the country. Whether it’s a big heaping tray of Central Texas barbecue or carefully-crafted plate of New American fine dining, Austin’s food scene is as photogenic as it is delicious.
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Contributed by Maggie Rosenbohm, ACVB Marketing Intern.