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There are direct routes that will take you from Los Angeles to Atlanta: the shortest, northern road that goes through Oklahoma and Arkansas; the southern route along the I-10 East, which Josh and I followed for a portion of our trip; and then there’s the road we veered onto, which takes you to the best stops–Austin, for instance. I had heard some great things about Austin, and it did not disappoint. Yes, it’s hot, and as much as I hate 90°+ temperatures, somehow the sweltering weather works for Austin–even adds to its charm. With only one full day in the city, we managed to hit a few of my must-visit places (South Congress, La Condesa, Spartan) but missed out on plenty (Ladybird Lake, actually going inside Roadhouse Relics), so I guarantee I will be back first chance I get, even if there’s a heatwave!
If you are a fan of signage, you need to know about Todd Sanders’ gallery Roadhouse Relics. The gallery was closed when we were in town, but I definitely will be making plans to return for a chance to see Todd’s colorful neon signs!
Generally I only like the water in swimming pools, so I was skeptical about Barton Springs and went “just to see,” no bathing suit packed. As much as I hate the idea of fish touching me, I will be wearing a bathing suit next time: this place looks so fun, plus it’s dog stalking heaven!
South Congress is Austin’s main, hip shopping area. Plenty of cool boutiques and restaurants, and vintage shopping–check out By George and Uncommon Objects, or just stroll up and down appreciating the funky storefronts. If you love shopping like I do, also hit up JM Drygoods and Spartan on South Lamar–I walked away with a gorgeous hammock, because obviously that’s the sort of thing you buy on impulse right?
Food trucks (common all over Austin, though I’m ashamed we didn’t grab anything from one) and dog adoptions…Josh was lucky they were closed or we wouldn’t have made it out of this place dog-free.
If you’re in Austin, please consider overnight shipping me a morning bun from Jo’s. Grab a Belgian Bomber (coffee, espresso, hazelnut, chocolate, and milk) while you’re at it.
Popsicle carts on the street give you an idea of how uncomfortable the weather can get. Luckily the Good Pops truck can be found right outside Allen’s Boots in the middle of South Congress, and has awesome flavors like Hibiscus Mint and Watermelon Agave.
Also, big thank you to my awesome Designer Vaca roomie Becky Murphy for providing a long list of Austin recommendations!
Our next stop was Austin, Texas…which you can look forward to seeing next week! If you haven’t gotten your road trip fix yet, just check out the rest of the SCS Went Down to Georgia series!