Local Landmarks


Big And Tall

The Texas Capitol is a must-see landmark that’s open to the public. Before your tour, there are coffee shops close by like The Hideout (also an improv theater at night) or Houndstooth.

Fun Fact: The Texas Capitol building is nearly 15 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. Yes, everything IS bigger in Texas!


Hook ‘Em

If the weather is great, head down to 40 Acres at UT to get a panoramic view of the town with the University of Texas Tower tour. You’ll take an elevator ride all the way to the top and learn the history. Don’t look down!

Fun Fact: The tower lights up when the Longhorns win games, or when resident actor Matthew McConaughey wins awards, too!


Get Flashy

Turn up your likes on Instagram with a photo at the Greetings from Austin postcard mural at South First and Annie St. For a bite nearby, drop by Guero’s for lunch, where the dining room dates back to the 1800s.

    Fun Facts:
  • Watch out for celebs (but act cool, that’s the Austin way).
  • The fish tacos are awesome
  • It’s always a party on the patio every night!

Lookout Below

For a deeper look and tighter glutes, drive out to Mt. Bonnell, a scenic lookout of Lake Austin and the hill country. It feels like 100 steps on the way up, so watch your step (and lose the heels). Another daytime landmark is the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue on Lady Bird Lake.


Historical Stays

Lets say you want you want a hotel with some history. Check out The Driskill. Don’t get spooked by the 13th floor and ghostly rumors, it’s one of downtown’s finest hotels. For the full haunted history of downtown, take one of the Austin Ghost Tours.

TIP: Grab a drink at the Driskill Bar or the Firehouse Lounge, the oldest standing fire station in Austin.


Secret Spots

Enjoy a dinner downtown at Lambert’s or Chez Nous. Then, book an hour at Midnight Cowboy, a hidden speakeasy on 6th St. It was originally a brothel back in the day, but it’s now an exclusive, secret cocktail spot. Book ahead and be sure to keep it a secret. Salud!