We decided to take the short drive to Austin from Dallas last weekend. We didn’t quite know what to expect from our capital city, being new to Texas and all. We had a really fun time exploring.
Here is a list of our favorite things in Austin:
3. My favorite attraction was the LBJ Presidential Library, located on the UT (University of Texas) campus. This is the third presidential library we have visited and it is by far my favorite. It takes you through all sorts of 20th century history , and has a fun replica of the Oval Office. But the best thing, in my humble opinion, was listening to the tapes of some of Lyndon B Johnson’s phone calls while in office. You sit at a phone and you have a menu from which to select what you want to hear. We heard him speak with Jackie Kennedy about a month after the assassination of her husband. We heard a few calls made from Air Force 1 immediately following JFK’s killing. We heard LBJ not take no for an answer from all sorts of people. We also heard him speaking with Martin Luther King and J Edgar Hoover. The list goes on and on. It was fascinating!
4. The State Capitol building was fun to see. We took the tour, which lasted maybe a half hour. My husband is a bigger fan of capital buildings than I am, but it was cool to see and didn’t take very long.
5. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was fantastic. It is a bit of a drive to get there from the city, but well worth the time. We went in January, so there wasn’t a lot of color, but it was still beautiful. It has a lot of great walking trails. I would love to come back and visit when the wildflowers are in bloom!
6. We had Sunday brunch at Eastside Cafe , near the University of Texas campus. It was spectacular! I had the Eggs Benedict, and Mark had enchiladas. Both were great. I would have photographed the food, but it looked so delicious we couldn’t take the time out before eating!
The sight of the French delegation where we learned a lot about The history of France in Texas. This takes about a half hour to visit and is interesting.
The historic Driskill hotel is located right off of sixth street and is fun to walk through. They have a lively restaurant, which I hear is very good.
We did not get out to see LBJ’s ranch, but our local friends say it is a great place to tour. Next time we will have to check that out too!
If you happen to be in Texas, Austin is worth a visit. Enjoy!