Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

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Katie Cook

Katie is the director of digital marketing at Visit Austin. Katie is known to use hashtags in conversation and never separates from her iPhone. Katie grew up in Austin and enjoys exploring the area with her two kiddos. When she isn’t at work or with her kids, you can find her sipping wine, reading a novel and trying new restaurants.

The Top 12 Places for Queso in Austin

I grew up in Austin, so queso has been a favorite food of mine for as long as I can remember. When I return to Austin after a vacation or business trip, it is the food that I must eat as soon as possible. Visitors often ask us which restaurants serve our favorite chips and queso, so here is a quick…

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Day Trip Destination: Johnson City

Just an hour west of Austin, Johnson City is a perfect day trip destination. Whether you are interested in the story of LBJ, outdoor adventures, wineries, art, or science, this area of the Texas Hill Country has a lot of offer. The Texas White House at LBJ National Historic Park. Credit NPS…

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Day Trip Destination: Round Rock

Just 20 minutes north of Austin, Round Rock is known for historic sites, a walk-able downtown, great shopping, and professional and amateur sports offerings. Get to know this destination and plan your day trip from Austin with our guide to the top things to do, see and eat in Round Rock. Downtown &…

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Austin’s Most Instagram-Worthy Restaurants

Have you been known to choose a restaurant or dish based on how it would look in photos? Do you sit near restaurant windows so the lighting is better? Are your friends used to waiting to eat so you can document the experience? This blog post is for you. We asked some of our favorite local food…

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