The holidays are almost here and if you’re hosting out-of-town guests in Austin, but aren’t sure where to take them or what sights to see, we’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors.
If your visitors are not staying with you, but looking for hotel recommendations, here are some ATXtoday-approved spots.
Austin Motel, 1220 S. Congress Ave. | $149+/night
You’ve seen the iconic neon sign for this motel on South Congress, but have you stayed in its eclectic rooms or swam in its charming pool area?
Heywood Hotel, 1609 E. Cesar Chavez St. | $179+/night
This award-winning modern boutique hotel contains seven guest rooms and is walkable to East Austin and Downtown.
Hotel Saint Cecilia, 112 Academy Dr. | $400+/night
This luxury hotel is inspired by 1960s and 70s rock and roll, complete with stylish pool area, poolside bungalows, and funky suites.
Is it even a trip to Austin without walking down South Congress? While you’re there, take your visitors to the famous ‘I love you so much’ mural at Jo’s Coffee for the perfect family photo. If you’ve got any history buffs in the group, head to the Driskill Hotel for a tour — the 140-year-old building is considered one of the most haunted hotels in the US.
Food + Bev
We also recommend satisfying your sweet tooth at Tiny Pies — order the pumpkin chai flavor.
For the whole family
If your visitors are ready for some outdoor fun, we have a variety of parks to explore. Grab some tacos from Torchy’s + head to Zilker Park for a picnic. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is the perfect way to get some fresh air while taking in all of the beauty Austin’s skyline has to offer.
Bonus: take a dusk stroll over to the Congress Avenue Bridge and watch the famous display of bats flying out from under the bridge — Austin is home to the country’s largest urban bat population.
If you’ve got any football fans in the group, check the Longhorns’ winter home game schedule.
And if you’re looking for season-specific activities, be sure to check out our November events calendar in advance to get a feel for what kinds of things they’ll want to see + do while in town.