As finals draw to a close, graduates are looking for final photoshoots and summer visitors are looking for the most memorable locations to commemorate their time in Austin. Austin is mostly know for its live music, festivals, and burnt orange game days, but there is a lot more to the city than dog-friendly eateries and go-green transportation. Not only does Austin have some of the best musicians in the country, it also has some of the best artists, and there’s street art to suit every occasion! Street art not your thing? Check out these other picture-prefect locales!
This postcard-based mural first adorned the Roadhouse Relics in 1998. In August 2013, a restoration project was launched for the well-loved wall by owner Todd Sanders with help from Rory Skagen and Creative Action Color Squad. A word of caution for visitors: if you’re the photographer, watch out for traffic!
Location: Annie St. and South First, on the side of the Roadhouse Relics building
Cute for engagement sessions, anniversaries, friendiversaries, you name it. Local designer John Rockwell of Creative Suitcase was the inspiration behind this fun-loving mural. He teamed up with the entire Creative Suitcase team, who volunteered two days of their time to complete the smart, new street art in the neighborhood.
Location: United Way for Greater Austin building- 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd
You can’t call your visit to Austin complete without a trip to Sixth Street — just pick your day and time carefully! Thursday nights the east strip is overrun with college-age frat-daddies, short skirts — like, really short — and drink specials, but there are some great places for Saturday brunch too!
Location: IH-35 & E. Sixth St.
In 2010, local musician Amy Cook took a can of red spray paint to write a beautiful and simply scripted love letter. Since then mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, couples, and even the occasional dog and owner have taken pictures here. Be prepared to wait your turn when the weather’s nice!
Location: South Congress and James Street on the side wall of Jo’s Coffee
A sunset worth the hike! The view from the cliffs of the Pennybacker bridge is a popular spot for senior portraits and definitely taken for granted by the Westlake locals. There are trails along both sides of either cliff. Watch your step and go armed with a flashlight if you’ll be stumbling back down after dark.
Location: Overlook at the Pennybacker Bridge
We’ll be adding more to this list, so check back when you’ve crossed these off!