Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Roaming Traveler: Gone Country in Austin

I just got back from a four day work trip to Austin, Texas, and let me just tell you, the people there were some of the friendliest people I have ever met! Hotel staff, taxi drivers, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, museum workers.. EVERYONE! It made my trip 100 times more enjoyable!

I stayed at the Hilton in Downtown Austin which was magnificent. My room was extremely nice and updated. The staff was phenomenal and would help you in anyway possible. And I loved my view of the city. I would definitely stay here again if I ever make a trip back to Austin.

I went to Austin for a convention, so I wasn't inside all day. I actually had a good bit of down time and was able to go explore the city. I did find Austin to be a bit small compared to the other major cities in Texas, especially since it is the State Capitol. But I still enjoyed every bit of it!

The blisters currently on feet tell me that I did a lot of walking this trip, but I feel like that is how you can really see the city!

My first walking adventure was to Congress Avenue then to walk across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, more commonly known as The Bat Bridge. There are more than 750,000 bats that live under the bridge, and they fly out around sunset every night. I didn't get to see them, but I could hear them! It's the largest urban bat colony in North America!

My next adventure was the Texas State Capitol. The Capitol was massive and very pretty. There is a park on the back side of the Capitol that was huge and relaxing.

Three blocks away from the Texas State Capitol was The Bullock Texas State History Museum which was pretty cool. To be honest, I got tired of reading and just started looking at the artifacts and descriptions. I did go see D-Day IMAX film, and I highly recommend everyone to see it. It personally helped me understand a little bit more about D-Day and the events during that time.

I would definitely recommend going to Austin, Texas for a visit.!

All opinions shared are my own - straight out of my roaming brain.

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