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Travel Blogs from Austin
... Deanne and I took a stroll down to S Congress Street Bridge where the bats hang out...or under. Just before sunset we parked ourselves on the grassy knoll beside the river and took note of any possible bat snipers. The crowds were beginning to swell, entrepreneurs selling ice cream, water and bat cowls, children playing ball games without a bat, people singing bat songs:
"Bats the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it...."
"...and the bats in the cradle ...
A big claim but one that seemed true, from the live singer in the airport departure cafe, to the dozens of live music bars on 6th street. A brief 2 1/2 hour flight got us to Austin in time for lunch and as we are now firmly in Tex-Mex country, tacos and queso seemed appropriate. We stayed in the first night - still recovering from all the walking in SF but were ...
... the visitors centre we set off to Lubbock Texas were we agreed that we would go see the new superman film "man of steel" at a local drive in, we all got food from the restaurant and eat in the minivan, for the film we sat in front of the van and watched what was a mediocre film but was a good experience nevertheless ...
... is GORGEOUS. Absolutely beautiful scenery and winding roads make up the trip, and it's breathtaking. On my last trip someone had suggested we do this, but since we didn't have a car that wasn't an option for us. I would highly recommend renting a car if you are visiting and making the drive out there.
We arrived at Lake Travis Zip line Adventures around 2:30 for our tour. JD and Michelle were our guides, and they ...
... 8 miles in the end!
After breakfast, Marina and I went back to the airport to drop off our rental car and caught a cab back to the hotel. Our cabbie was a woman - one of 20 among 900 taxi drivers in Austin. She said she got bored sitting at home after retirement, so she started driving. I imagined she had a few crazy stories worth telling, so I asked her to share one with us. She went on to recall an occasion where a young couple got into her cab ...
Other places to stay in Austin
Bouldin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $182
- Nice but needs room makeover
- Not too good
- Terrific staff! Great location.
University of Texas - Austin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $179
South River City, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $377
- Terrific Hotel
- Just okay....
- Consistent top rated hotel in town
Bouldin, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $180
- Embassy Suites...Average Hotel, Ideal location
- Free beer!!
- Good hotel, careless housekeeping
Bouldin, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $179
- Radisson Austin Great
- Great Location and price
- Fine and dandy
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $187
- It's a decent hotel for a decent price--staff great!
- Dreamy beds, gracious staff
- Nice Hotel, but a terrible stay
St. Johns, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $134
South River City, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $152
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $232
- Great Hotel
- Great Stay, Very Comfortable
- Hilton Austin Convention Center
St. Johns, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $136
Southeast Austin, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $130
- Some quirks, great food
- Uncomfortable Stay
- Nice stay - see our photos !
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $191
- Great downtown location
- A Fabulous Hotel in my opinion
- Convenient downtown location
St. Johns, Austin | 2 star hotelfrom $61
University Hills and Windsor Park, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $146
9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $202
- Beautiful place, fantastic location
- Perfect weekend getaway
9515 Hotel Drive, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $102
East Cesar Chavez, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $164
- Ok room, but Crowne needs to work on Cleanliness
- Great Place at a Great Price
- Loved the Crown!
Downtown, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $226
St. Johns, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $125
East Riverside - Oltorf, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $120
North Crossing, Austin | 3 star hotelfrom $114
Downtown, Austin | 2 star hotelfrom $202
- Gliding Revolution-Downtown Segway Glide
- Excellent choice for downtown Austin!
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $197
- Great if you get a deal..
- Cozy and classy
- The lowdown
7800 N Interstate Highway 35, Austin | Hotelfrom $65
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $202
- Overrated - This is really a bad choice
- The Beautiful Driskill
- Beautiful, historic, fantastic service
Downtown, Austin | 4 star hotelfrom $211
- My favorite Austin hotel
- Rooms are fine, but service is lacking
- Nice rooms -- shame about the road noise!