First and foremost, thanks so much to Toyota for being an amazing host in Austin, Texas! I had such an amazing time, and cruising around in the Toyota C-HR was an absolute blast.
Hey friends! So better late than never, but back in November I visited Austin, Texas for the first time and let me just say… the city is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, I need to go back ASAP.
There’s so much to do, so many cool places to explore, and since I spent a couple days there, I thought I’d put together a quick little Austin, Texas travel guide in case you’re planning a visit soon and need a few suggestions.
Where To Stay
Okay, so I stayed at The Line hotel in Downtown Austin, and from the second I stepped foot in there, I was in love.
The rooms were so sleek but also super cozy and yes, everything was nice and clean because that’s definitely at the top of my priority list when it comes to hotels, am I right? (Here’s a hotel tour, btw.)
And their restaurant downstairs (Arlo Grey) was also serious goals, btw. I mean, just look at this dining room. Perfect location for a quick little photoshoot but also, the food was delicious.
What To Do
So the city is pretty chill and down to Earth – I mean, it’s a college town after all, (home to the University of Texas campus), so you’re bound to see a lot of college students walking + biking around.
That being said, there’s plenty to do, so I’ll list a few favorites down below.
1. Drive around + explore the artwork
I had no idea that Austin had a ton of murals and paintings all over the city, but they do, and they’re all pretty awesome.
We spent an entire morning cruising around in our Toyota C-HRs and that’s exactly what we did – we basically went on a scavenger hunt all over town trying to spot as many of these murals as we could find.
See that “I love you so much” on the wall on the right? It’s all over Instagram. People were lining up there to snap a photo.
But that’s just one of them. Here’s a great blog post that rounds up a bunch of the most Insta-famous spots in town – and their addresses.
2. Create artwork yourself
So here’s something else I had no idea you could do. You can actually graffiti – legally – at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. It’s a community paint park where you can display your work and I think it’s such a genius concept!
I actually got to give this whole graffiti thing a shot during my visit, and I’ll admit, I kind of liked it LOL
We got to work with the amazingly talented Color Cartel – and they showed us how to paint? Is that how you say it? Tag? Graffiti? IDK the exact term but see that “Kayla <3’s Joe on the bottom left wall in neon green? Apparently I’m sill 15 years old but yea, I did that.
We also got to practice on a car. Toyota was nice enough to let us unleash our inner-rebel selves and graffiti their Toyota C-HR. Now tell me that’s not a sexy looking car right there?! It’s one of a kind, for sure.
3. Hang with a band
AKA, go listen to some bomb-ass music because ICYMI, Austin is a very music-centric city and there are a bunch of great places to experience it.
We had the opportunity to hang out at 3Ten – such a cool venue, btw, and Annabelle Chairlegs performed. You guys, they were – what’s a good adjective? – insane. Insanely talented and such great performers.
Just go listen to Candy Apple Red. That was my favorite. I’ve never talked too much about my love for discovering new artists and listening to underground indie music, but it’s seriously one of my all-time favorite things to do (and Austin, Texas is the perfect place to do that.)
BTW, I think it goes without saying, but obviously, experiences like this are so much better with friends, and I had the best time meeting other bloggers from around the country – who breaking news: were actually super super nice. Shoutout to my girl Annie, The Fashion Poet.
4. Take A Music History Lesson
If you really wanna take things to the next level music-wise, you can also take a full-blown music tour. Austin Detours has a bunch of different music tours you can choose from and although I didn’t take one of those specific tours, I loved learning more about the music scene at the Gibson Guitars Showroom.
Now let’s be clear… IDK anything about guitars except that they sound nice and some of them are really pretty, but we got to hang out with Drew Womak while he played some of his songs for us, and that was such an awesome experience.
I also joined a pretend band, so that was cool, too.
Now sure, there are definitely a bunch of touristy things to do in Austin – here are 25 – but in my opinion, there’s nothing better than driving around in a new city and experiencing it like a local.
On that note, I have nothing but great things to say about the Toyota C-HR. I’m one of those people who usually only likes to drive her OWN car, but this one was super easy to maneuver and it just drove great. Plus, I loved the color.
What To Eat
My only regret from this trip was that I didn’t go to Voodoo Doughnut. Some of the other girls from our group went, and I’m not gunna lie, I was so freaking jealous. Oh well, another excuse to go back.
But anyway, for me, one of the highlights of any trip is definitely the food, and Austin didn’t disappoint.
There are a ton of food trucks all over the city so you’ll want to check out a few before you leave town.
Give me a bunch of different food options, and I’m a happy camper. Seriously, it’s the way to my heart – just saying.
These mahi tacos from Dock N Roll were bomb, though. Some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever had in my life.
Oh and as far as food goes, our trip got even better.
We got to spend one of the nights cooking with Silver Whisk and it was honestly an amazing experience I’ll never forget.
If you’ve never heard of Silver Whisk and you’re in the Austin, Texas area, call them right now and set something up. They teach cooking classes and do private events and stuff like that, so they taught us how to make our own gnocchi from scratch and dudeee turns out, our team has mad skills. It freaking was delicious.
But on top of the food we made ourselves, we also spent the evening eating stuff like this…
See what I mean? I was in heaven.
Sooo yea, if you’re a foodie, these are Eater’s 10 Hottest Restaurants in Austin, Texas, and if you’re up to it, you can even make Austin-inspired dishes yourself by picking up a cookbook like this one.
And that’s pretty much it, guys! That’s a nice little recap of my trip to Austin! Like I said, I had the best time, and I’ll definitely be back soon.
Again, a huuuuge thank you to Toyota for putting this trip together and showing us around Austin. Hope to do more exploring soon!