This summer, my partner and I had the pleasure of embarking on a road trip down the gorgeous Pacific Coast Highway, which I highly recommend. My partner had travelled down this area in the past, and since I had three weeks off, we decided to travel all the way to Austin, Texas from San Francisco.
Quite frankly, I’m surprise we made it with our sanity intact.
The 12 to 16 hour stretches of driving were well worth it though, as Austin is quite possibly the nicest and most fun city in North America.
This city is music central. Walking down 6th Street at night, you’ll find live music at every bar. It is a bit crowded on a weekend night, as most popular bar streets are, but it never felt overwhelming.
Austin’s record stores are great. I suggest checking out one particular shop called End of an Ear. End of an Ear has great staff and great selection, and it’s close to the Boudin Creek Café, which is an amazing vegan café with the best coffee. Be sure to order up my favorite dish, The Renedict, while you’re there!
The city is beautifully forested, situated around a river, and like Edmonton’s river valley near my home, it’s breathtaking. You can enjoy walking trails, take in the greenery – and we can’t forget the Bat Bridge.
What is the Bat Bridge? Well, it’s a bridge in Austin where thousands of bats reside, and at dusk they fly out from under the bridge to catch food. Fun fact: There are more bats living under the bridge than there are human residents of Austin.
To top this all off, the city is incredibly safe and friendly. Every place we entered, we were greeted with a genuine, “Hello Y’all!” Individuals on the street stopped us just for friendly conversation. Clerks at stores were kind. The city made you feel like you were at a home away from home wherever you went.
Unfortunately, it was far too hot for us (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 80% humidity!) so we didn’t get to do as much sightseeing, but I recommend staying there for a music festival in the fall, winter or spring, because you’ll have a great time.