Weekend in Austin



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You've got 48 hours in Austin--don't waste a minute of it. Visit these tourist hotspots and local favorites for a realistic taste of what this capital city has to offer.

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Day 1 - Austin


Wake up in casual luxury at the Hotel San Jose in the hip South Congress neighborhood of Austin, otherwise referred to as SoCo. Meander up and down the boulevard, browsing the locally owned boutiques for the perfect souvenir. When lunchtime rolls around, head to Guero's, a low-key Mexican joint on the corner of South Congress and Elizabeth St. that's popular with tourists and locals alike. Everything here is good, though the fish tacos and fajitas stand out, plus you can surprise your tablemate with a serenade performed by the roaming mariachi band. After lunch, make a date with Austin Duck Adventures, a unique sightseeing experience that drives tourists around in an amphibious vehicle, visiting both the land and lake. Once you've seen the sights, head over to Stubb's Bar-B-Q for a flavorful meal of smoked meats and homemade sides, including a creamy mac and cheese. An authentic evening in Austin must include a little live music, so be sure to stop by Continental Club before hitting the sack. Located just across the street from the Hotel San Jose, Continental makes for a convenient nightcap, coupled with a little two-stepping.


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Hotel San Jose Lounge

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Location:

1316 S Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

fax: 512 444 7362


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South Congress Avenue

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South Congress Ave
(between Riverside and Oltorf)
Austin, TX 78704


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Guero's Taco Bar

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Location:

1412 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: 512-447-7688
fax: 512-447-6255


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Austin Duck Adventures

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Location:

1605 West Fifth St
Boarding in front of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Austin, TX 78703

Contact:

tel: +1 512 477 5274
fax: +1 512 345 5323


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Stubb's Barbecue

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801 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:

tel: +512 480 8341


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Continental Club

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Location:

1315 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: 512-441-2444
fax: 512-443-5478


Day 2 - Austin


Now that you're a seasoned Austin tourist, ring in your second day in the capital city at Cisco's, an eastside greasy spoon with a lot of character and some well-known migas. The Tex-Mex breakfast staple--a mix of eggs, tortilla chips, cheese, spices and veggies--is one of the restaurant's specialties. Once you're energized, head downtown for a quick visit to the Texas State Capitol. The green grounds are beautiful this time of year. Continue your Texas education at the nearby Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, just south of the University of Texas campus. The interactive exhibits are fun for all ages, and surprisingly educational to boot. Lunchtime calls for comfort food Austin-style at Shady Grove. Grab a table on the patio and consider trying the chili cheese fries and a Hippie Chick sandwich--both favorites at this local haunt. If you feel so compelled, walk from Shady Grove to Zilker Park, the city's biggest public green space. Lounge around on the hillside of Barton Springs Pool, or, if you're brave, take a dip in the natural pool, but be prepared for the chilly water. After all the daytime activity, a laid-back movie sounds perfect, so take in one of the latest releases at Alamo Drafthouse, while enjoying a bucket of beers and a signature pizza.


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Cisco's Restaurant Bakery & Bar

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Location:

1511 East Sixth Street
Austin, TX 78702

Contact:

tel: +1 512 478 2420


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Texas State Capitol

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Location:

1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:

tel: 512-463-0063


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Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Location:

1800 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Contact:

tel: 512-936-8746


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Shady Grove

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Location:

1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: +512 474 9991


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Zilker Park

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Location:

2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78746

Contact:

tel: 512-974-6700


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Barton Springs Pool

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Location:

2101 Barton Springs Road
Zilker Park
Austin, TX 78704

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tel: 512-867-3080


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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - South Lamar

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Location:

1120 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Contact:

tel: 512 476 1320


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