AIRLINE: JetBlue Airways
DEAL: Hot Deals
FROM: New York (JFK)
TO: Austin, Texas (AUS)
PRICE: from $114 one-way
BOOK: while available
DEPART: select dates between 10/24/2017 and 12/14/2017. No flights on Friday.
Austin is a city of over 912,000 in the Hill Country of central Texas. It is the state capital and home to a major university as well as an influential center for politics, technology, music, film and (increasingly) a food scene. Austin’s embrace of alternative cultures is commonly emblazoned about town on T-Shirts and bumper stickers that read: “Keep Austin Weird.” Austin is also marketed as the “Live Music Capital of the World” due to the large number of venues and “Silicon Hills” reflecting the many technology companies.
Any visitor to Austin could easily fill their days just visiting restaurants. Along with infamous staples, there are new eateries and food trucks popping up all the time. All districts have local favorites and must-try spots, and something a little different to offer travelers.
Throughout all districts in the city, food trucks are some of the best places to get bold, unpretentious grub. Bar patios, parks and places with ample window shopping are great locations to find and sample food trucks. There are over 2,000 trucks out and about in Austin at any given time and they can frequently be found clustering together in hip “trailer parks”. Several blogs and social media accounts track the appearance of these trailer parks so they’re easy to find.
Java fanatics will feel right at home amongst the hundreds of coffee shops throughout the city. On South Congress independent cafes are packed all day, many of them selling not only homemade pastries but also breakfast tacos and burritos. Naturally, live music comes with every cup and local singer/songwriters are always part of the daily coffee shop scene.
A unique aspect of Austin culture is dining in grocery stores. Far from national chains, the grocery meccas in the city have large dining areas with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s usually live music to go along with shopping and dining. Food offerings are healthy and diverse, and typically inexpensive.
No trip to Austin would be complete without sampling as much barbecue you can stand. There are plenty of great joints throughout the city, but for barbeque memories to last a lifetime a short trip outside the city is worth the car ride. The barbecue capital of Texas is just 30 miles to the south of Austin — the small town of Lockhart has multiple landmark restaurants. To the southwest, Driftwood has world famous barbecue just 25 miles from the city and attracts residents on the weekends who frequently make a day of the trip. (wikitravel)