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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Mountain
“Sweeping views of Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Short hike to the top.”
  • 377 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Nice view. Even great coffee. Some nights there is live music on the patio.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Part of the Chuy's family. Have some Creamy Jalapeño while enjoying some views. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
Park
“The Mayfield–Gutsch Estate, now named Mayfield Park, is a historic cottage, gardens and nature preserve in west Austin. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Premise
“This overlook is in most "must see" lists for Austin, but don't expect any amenities since this isn't a park or anything like that. The climb is easy enough ( I've seen all shapes and sizes up there) and the view of the bridge is great! Also, the only place to park is a "tow away" zone next to the road!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Establishment
“Take a hike up "mount" Bonell to enjoy the views over Austin, and Lake Austin.”
  • 72 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“The County Line was formed by some Texans who loved Austin, loved its heritage and historical buildings, loved BBQ, and were committed to running a restaurant based on four principles: First: Offer the highest quality smoked barbecue – ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken – with traditional sides of cole slaw, potato salad and beans. Second: Provide these BBQ specialties in generous portions at reasonable prices. Next: Offer friendly table service with linens and bar service. Finally: Feature an authentic location that celebrates the heritage of Texas. In 1975 they put all these principles into effect at The County Line’s original location in an old speakeasy now known throughout Austin as The County Line on the Hill…and the rest as they say is history. With locations all over the South-west the County Line continues to serve up award winning barbeque in a relaxed setting, that’s so good you'll want to "Get It All Over Ya!" In 1990, The County Line Restaurants began shipping its legendary barbeque to all parts of the United States by Air Ribs. The same quality products that you've come to enjoy in the restaurants can be shipped right to your door. What better gift could you give your family or friends than to have The County Line cook for dinner.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“A fine steak house that's a favorite of ours for special occasion. A 30 minute drive and close to the Oasis Restaurant. Beautiful view that over looks Lake Travis. 4.5 Star- 486 reviews American, Steakhouse $$$$ Reviews “Lake Travis view and great prime rib.” “The lobster mac and cheese is the "BEST" in Texas.””
  • 40 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“One of the loveliest drives any time of year in Austin happens on the Capital of Texas/360 Highway as you cross over Lake Austin (really the Colorado River).The rust-colored curved steel bridge — named officially for the architect, Percy V. Pennyback — is an architectural wonder in itself, stretching 1,150 feet across the lake without ever touching it. This keeps the lake clear for boaters and water skiers who love this hill-covered stretch of West Austin as much as the commuters who travel across it everyday on their way to work. The bridge is four lanes wide in addition to a six foot wide pedestrian and biking lane, and a southbound turnaround that allows for parking below the bridge. Sunsets are especially phenomenal as you cross over the bridge because you can take in the huge expanse of sky in all directions.”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great restaurant and food on the lake - great spot to really experience Austin.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“The Grove is a great little restaurant with a beautiful deck, a nice wine list & delicious food! The crab cakes are so good!! ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Park Office Hours (all camping reservations must be made online) 8 am – 4 pm year Monday through Sunday* May through the 1st week of September, office hours are extended Friday through Sunday 8 am – 7 pm, dependent on the availability of staffing. Park Entry Fees: A vehicle entrance fee is charged per day per vehicle at the pay station. $1 per day - walk in or bike in (cash only) $5 per day, Monday through Thursday. $10 per day Friday through Sunday, and Holidays. Multi-entry pass per car (20 entries) Regular $75; Seniors age 62 and older $40 Pay stations should be used for all Day Use Entry and by campers for entry when cashier is unavailable or after hours. Payment method: Credit cards or coins are accepted at the automated pay stations. CASH is NOT accepted for park entry fees. Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Trail
“Austinites flock to the greenbelt on a hot day. There's abundant creeks which are great for swimming. Have a picnic here or hike on the Bull Creek Greenbelt trails.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“This place is great! Its a beautifull villa/artschool. Would be nice to combine with a trip to peacock park and mount Bonnel. You can walk around on their premises for free and stroll thru their sculture garden with work of amongst others AiWeiWei. Sometimes they also have one day courses in for example natural dying or wheelthrowing.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lake Austin, formerly Lake McDonald, is a water reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. The reservoir was formed in 1939 by the construction of Tom Miller Dam ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve consists of 227 acres of native Texas Hill Country habitat west of Austin, Texas in Westlake Hills. The preserve was founded in 1974. The preserve maintains 2.5 miles of hiking trails.”
  • 14 locals recommend