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.

Hill Country Day Trip: Dripping Springs

If you’ve had your fill of walking around downtown Austin and are looking for other hot spots to visit, don’t fret: there are tons of lovely towns just outside of the Austin city limits that are perfect for spending a day in. One of the most popular towns for visitors (and locals!) is Dripping…

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Iconic Film Locations to Visit Near Austin

From box office major hits to independent cinematic brilliance, Austin and the surrounding Hill Country has provided the landscape for filmmakers to bring their vision to life on the big screen. Of course, "Dazed and Confused" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" are some of the most talked about titles…

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When it’s Cold in Austin, Head to One of These Local Spots

Most of Austin’s winter is temperate, but there are few weeks of cold weather. Our staff recommends these restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops when you're looking to get extra cozy. The Backspace. Credit Carrie Ryan. “Head to The Backspace for a cozy date night or to catch up with your…

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A Beginner's Guide to Austin Craft Breweries

Austin's craft brewing scene has been booming for the past few years, so you'd be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by all of our fermented offerings. Whether you're in the mood for a Mexican-style lager to compliment your tour of Austin tacos and queso, looking to expand your palate with a…

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The No. 3 Bus Pub Crawl

You don't have to look hard in Austin for an area to bar hop, including Sixth Street, Rainey, East Austin and the Warehouse District, but a lot of excellent local establishments get left off the list…

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How to (truly) experience Austin during SXSW

With tens of thousands of out-of-towners headed to Austin over the next two weeks for SXSW, many first-time visitors ask the question, what makes Austin the place to be? While huge festivals and quirky events help make the city special, its truly the unique venues, local atmosphere and Texas flair…

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