WHICH ARE THE BEST MUSEUMS IN WASHINGTON D.C.?
Author: Lauren Feldkamp
Lauren writes amazing content about her travels. You can find out more about her at www.lyricallauren.com
Washington DC is a place that is known for having an abundance of things to see and do. From visiting the Capitol Building and the White House to strolling around the National Mall, there is so much to experience that you must certainly allow yourself a few days to fully experience it all.
Aside from historical buildings and breathtaking monuments, Washington DC is home to some of the finest museums in the country!
âThe best part about these museums? Admission is totally free of charge! Below, we will explore some of the best museums Washington DC has to offer.
1. The National Air and Space Museum
Like all of its fellow Smithsonian counterparts, the National Air and Space Museum is widely renowned for its fabulous exhibits. Here, you will find the worldâs largest collection of things that fly, which encompasses everything from airplanes to spaceships!
Many people often forget that what is now America was inhabited long before Europeans ever established themselves.
The story of the American Indian tribes was largely swept under the rug for hundreds of years, yet this museum is pivotal in showcasing the glory and history of the indigenous people who remain a viable presence to this day.
âIncorporating artifacts from all tribes from the tip of Southern America to the farthest expanses of the Arctic, this place showcases various native cultures and languages while illustrating how various tribes have evolved into the technological age.
If you visit no other museum while in Washington DC, be sure to make time to visit this one!
Marked by its gorgeous elephant which presides over everything in the lobby, this is a wonderful way to spend the day exploring everything this museum has to offer!
There is everything from dinosaur bones to an ocean exhibit which allows you to explore the mysteries that lie beneath the waves!
âThe Hope Diamond is kept here, as are meteorites and the legendary Star of India! With halls that showcase everything from mammals to birds to various human cultures, including real Egyptian mummies, there is so much to do and see here that you will want to schedule an entire day to roam the hallways!
Without a doubt, this is one of the most sobering, chilling museums you will ever set foot in.
This place is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, which was one of the greatest tragedies to have ever occurred.
The Holocaust involved the systematic extermination of European Jews, gypsies and other targeted groups by the Nazi regime during the 1930âs and 40âs. These doomed souls were rounded up and transported to concentration camps, where they were either immediately executed or subsequently starved, overworked and subjected to disease, torture and many other forms of mistreatment.
The loss of life was absolutely tremendous, with as many as two out of three European Jews losing their lives by the time the last concentration camp was liberated in 1945.
This museum is critically important, as it reminds us of the faces and people that were a part of this tragedy, ensuring that their stories are heard and that we never forget the evil that humankind is capable of. Not only can you read accounts from survivors and victims alike, you will view exhibits which showcase the belongings of the victims which were taken away from them as they entered the concentration camps.
âThe piles of shoes, wedding rings, etc are like a shot to the heart, as you truly begin to grasp how horrifying this period in time truly was.
THE BEST FOODS TO EAT IN MIAMI
Written by: Lauren Feldkamp
Lauren is an awesome content writer and fellow traveller! Check her out at: www.lyricallauren.com
1. Chicken, Waffles and Watermelon
âYes, this sounds like an odd combination, but you simply must give it a try. The savory, salty flavor of the freshly fried chicken coupled with the sweet tartness from the watermelon all coupled with the delicious waffle creates a flavor profile that works even though you think it will not!
âThis is a classic dish around the Miami area, yet for true perfection, be sure to visit Yardbird Southern Table and Bar at 1600 Lennox Avenue.
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WHAT TO DO IN TELLICO, TENNESSEE
I was longing for the mountains and needed to get out of the city. Smoky Mountains kept coming up. We had planned on heading there, but decided to stay in the Tellico Plains area instead, because our amazing AirBnB super host told us it's pretty much the same thing.
While we were there, we visited a few different places and got to know the area a little bit. Here is a little breakdown of our trip:
1. Affordable and Clean AirBnB Cabins in Tellico, Plains
We found a wonderful and cute cabin to stay in while we were on our Tennessee adventure. I highly recommend you book your stay at this location if you are going to be visiting the Tellico area in Tennessee. What's extra special it is pet-friendly!
Here are some of the things about our host and place we stayed at: (quote taken from AirBnB Super host reviews)
"James definitely went above and beyond! I feel like part of his family. I am so glad that I finally got to meet him, after having to change my travel plans. He is the kind of host that makes sure that every tiny detail is taken care of and thought of ahead of time. Here are a few reasons I loved staying at James' AirBnB:
2. Visit Bald River Falls
3. Check out Conasauga Falls
Conasauga Falls is also located in Monroe Count, Tennessee. We visited this waterfall the day following our Bald river falls adventure. It had rained heavily all through the night. The waters as a result of the heavy rains, were quite muddied.
Nevertheless, this powerful waterfall took our breath away -- and that is saying a lot, after we traveled a steep hike down the mountain to get to it. Someone did tell us before we began our descent, that the hike down was not as difficult as the hike back to our parking.
The hike is about 1.3 miles with not much traffic. There were different ages ranging from families with young kids to older couples in their 70's. Once we got to the falls, there was an immediate sense of awe. I made my way by climbing over a dead tree and some rocks, to the spot in the picture below:
There are no words to express the wonder of being in the flow of this amazing body of water. I took some moments to reflect and meditate.
The long, tiring hike was well worth the visit -- body aches after the fact, and all!
5. Visit Yellow Creek, Tennessee
This is also called Yellow Creek and Bullet Creek Falls. We missed this one on the way up the mountain. It was a bit of a scary drive up on the very narrow, and winding roads. After going way past the creek trail, we thought we found a trail further up the mountain.
We hiked for about an hour with our walking sticks, backpack (filled with snacks and water), our dog and armed with bear spray (LOL). Yeah, we weren't taking any chances hiking up in some area where there absolutely no cellphone reception.
When we realized that we weren't getting any closer to a creek, we hiked ALL THE WAY BACK and got into the car to drive further up the mountain until we reached a fallen tree blocking the road. With no other choice than to turn around, we headed back down. Thankfully, on the way down we met a kind gentleman driving up with his horse trailer. He stopped to give us directions.
The camping area for Yellow Creek is in plain site, but not marked -- except for two plastic lounge chairs near a fire pit. So, we parked the car and proceeded to take our shoes off and followed the creek into a succession of waterfalls.
This was the most glorious visit, at this point because there was nobody else in sight so we had the creek all to ourselves as we explored. Check out the short video below:
6. Citico Creek
We visited Citico Creek later in the day. Citico Creek Wilderness is part of the Cherokee National Forest in Tennesse.
Thankfully, you don't have to hike to get to the actual creek. However, if you do want to hike the trail, it is about 2.4 miles long.
We were the only ones there, so thankfully no bears came to visit us while we played in the the shallow parts of the river and picked some of the most beautiful stones and small rocks.
Sadly, we didn't take any pictures as we were so into the rocks and just taking in the beauty of the rushing river. If you're looking for a quiet, with very minimal traffic picnic area, this is the place to go.
It was so peaceful and being surrounded by the forest trees is definitely grounding. There are places within that area that you can camp, fish, swim, hike and just simply enjoy nature!
7. Swim in the Indian Boundary lake
After our little exploration adventure at Citico Creek, we decided to take a quick detour to Indian Boundary Lake, since it was very close to Citico Creek.
We're super happy we did, because this was an experience that had to be lived out. Since it was past seven p.m., most visitors had left the park area. We parked very close to where the boat ramp is and proceeded to have the best fun!
First thing, the lake was surprisingly warm (probably about 78 degrees F) compared to the chilly creek water. Nestled on top of Mount Cherokee, one would think that the lake was really cold, but quite the contrary! Once you get in, you don't want to get out because the air is actually cooler.
Indian Boundary lake has a camping area, you can go fishing and swimming and of course, launch your boat. They only allow trolling motors, however.
We're definitely going back to camp here at some point in the near future. Being out in this type of nature is necessary and healing for the soul! Connecting with nature definitely raises your vibration.
SIX MUST-SEE PLACES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES
Blog content by Lauren Feldkamp
1. BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY, MONTANA
2. Denver, Colorado
To truly get a grasp on what Denver is all about, spend an afternoon or evening at the 16th Street Mall, which is an open-air pedestrian mall offering everything from wonderful restaurants to unique boutiques.
3. Estes Park, Colorado
An absolutely gorgeous mountain town, you will want to make time to explore the small lake via kayak, or for a spectacular view of the area, take a ride on the aerial tramway early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
âAfter a day of exploring, be sure to pay a visit to the iconic Wapiti Pub, where you can choose from an impressive array of craft beer as well as simple yet delicious food selections.
4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
5. Glacier National Park, Montana
An absolutely gorgeous destination, this is an ideal spot for those looking to be close with nature.
There is a vast amount of hiking options available as well as plentiful campgrounds, though the presence of bears in the area means that anything with a soft side, such as a canvas tent is prohibited.
The most famous activity here is driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, an approximate fifty-mile drive that takes you over Loganâs Pass while affording magnificent scenery the entire time.
Although there are areas to stop and use the restroom or grab a bite to eat, there is no fuel available along the road, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Other highlights of the park include the Lake McDonald Valley and North Fork, which is relatively free of other visitors thus will provide you with the most isolated experience.
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 3
Guest post by Lauren Feldkamp
The Southeast Highlights
1. Visit Charleston, South Carolina
âA gorgeous southern port city famous for its cobblestone streets, you can pay a visit to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
The charming city market is truly a sight to behold, as it takes up over four blocks on the sight of what was once a slave market.
People of all ages will enjoy strolling through the historical Waterfront Park, which offers spectacular views of the Cooper River along with two beautiful fountains.
Be sure to set aside time to visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which boasts train tours and even an on-site petting zoo for the kids!
âOf course, no visit to Charleston is complete without a stop at Magnolias, one of the best restaurants in the city. Here, you will find a sophisticated twist on southern classics such as shrimp and grits and blue crab bisque paired with an impressive wine selection!
2. Visit New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is hands down one of the most charmingly unique cities in the entire United States, if not the world itself. There is a definite energy emanating from the city that you just donât find anywhere else.
If you are a first-time visitor, you must pay a token visit to the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street as well as the beautiful, historic French Quarter, yet there is so much more to experience here aside from the typical tourist attractions.
3. Visit to Savannah, Georgia
One of the most visually appealing cities in the South, Savannah is famous for its historical district which was all but leveled completely during the Civil War.
Forsyth Park is a gorgeous spot to spend a few hours strolling along the pristinely maintained walkways complete with a confederate memorial or pack a good book and spend the afternoon wandering through Bonaventure Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in the city.
âThere are a number of wonderful museums to choose from as well, including the Owen-Thomas House, where you can walk through the original slave quarters or the Wormsloe Historic Site, which features the ruins of a once proud Colonial estate!
4. Visit San Antonio, Texas
This city is famous both for its historical value as well as for its incredible food.
The San Antonio River Walk is an experience unto itself, with a number of wonderful restaurants and quirky shops all set against a gorgeous backdrop.
âFor the true adventurer, pay a visit to the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest system of underground caves in all of Texas!
âHere you can wander through caverns and experience the thrill of crossing a sixty foot long natural limestone bridge!
WHAT TO DO WHEN VISITING MIAMI
Blog post by Guest Writer Lauren Feldkamp
Miami International Airport is the major airport serving the Miami metropolitan area. This airport offers a wide variety of options for your transportation needs.
One of the best options is to look into the Airport Parking reservations available. By making a reservation, you are able to quickly park your car and head to your flight without having the hassle of waiting in line.
These options are available both for short term and long-term parking. Miami Airport Parking reservations make traveling as simple as possible by providing you with a safe and secure place to keep your vehicle.
In many cases, there is also a shuttle available to quickly transport you right to your terminal!
Miami itself offers a plethora of activities and places to visit suitable for every age group. There is literally something for everyone in this city.
Whether you are looking for family friendly activities, wishing to spend time a museum or other educational setting or are planning to let loose with friends in the nightclubs and bars, you will find no shortage of places to visit.
Below is a listing of some of the most popular places to see in the Miami.
1. Visit Miami Seaquarium
An awesome experience for children and adults alike, the Miami Seaquarium is by far the best aquarium in all of South Florida, boasting exhibits showcasing everything from manatees to sea lions and everything in between!
Visit the conservation corner to learn how the aquarium is playing an instrumental role in preserving the marine life native to Miami Beach, or for a true treat, make a reservation at the Dolphin Hotel, where you will get the chance to swim alongside these magnificent creatures!
âYou will also have the opportunity to participate in a seal encounter, where you can actually get in the water and experience everything from handshakes to other tricks, or elect for the penguin encounter, where you can touch and interact with a penguin on a one-on-one basis!
2. Visit Fun Dimension
If your looking for a spot to keep the kids happily occupied for a day, head to fun dimension which is so much more than an arcade!
Not only does this former warehouse have plethora of video games, they can also participate in everything from laser tag to taking in a spectacular 7-D movie!
Traveling with smaller children? There is an absolutely mind-blowing playground here complete with bridges and a giant ball pit that is specifically geared towards toddlers and kids under seven years old.
3. Visit the Venetian Pool
It is no secret that Miami gets very warm, particularly in the summer months. What better way to beat the heat than to escape to one of the most beautiful public pools in the entire country?
While not the ideal choice for parents with infants (children under the age of three are not permitted), the coral rock boarder and lush vegetation are just the beginning of the beautiful scene.
You can frolic in waterfalls, relax in grottos and take in the Italian architecture all while being treated to a spectacular view of the city skyline!
âThe perfect place to spend the afternoon relaxing, there are many places to grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage as well as numerous public showers and clean restrooms.
4. Visit Calle Ocho
As mentioned before, Miami is very strongly influenced by Cuban culture. No trip to the city is complete without visiting Calle Ocho, the hub of activity in Miamiâs famous Little Havana.
Boasting everything from authentic cigar shops to stands selling some of the freshest produce available, you can visit Maximo Gomez Park to watch a game of dominos, or visit the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, which acts as a memorial to Cuban soldiers who perished in the Cuban War of Independence.
No trip to Calle Ocho is complete without sampling some authentic Cuban food, so a stop for lunch at El Cristo Restaurant is an absolute must!
Here, you can sample the best of what the city has to offer, including fried yuca, tamal, and the classic Cuban sandwich!
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 2
Blog post by Lauren Feldkamp
1. Visit Baltimore, Maryland:
This is a city that is rich in history. If you do nothing else here, be sure to explore the Inner Harbor.
Back in the Revolutionary War Days, the highlight of the harbor was Fort McHenry, which will forever be famous as the birthplace of our national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, yet in modern day, there is also a wide array of places to shop and eat while you take a walk through history!
You can explore the Civil War era warship USS Constellation, or for a treat that is sure to please visitors of all ages, take a stroll through the National Aquarium to get up close and personal with everything from sharks and dolphins to seal, puffins and jellyfish! Looking for something a little more eccentric?
The original master of macabre, Edgar Allen Poe is buried here, and you can take a moment to pay your respects at his gravesite as well as visiting his former home!
âLocal legend states that the writerâs phantom footsteps can be heard walking up and down the street late at night, so be sure to keep a look-out!
2. Visit Charlottesville, Virginia
While the town itself is absolutely gorgeous, stocked with multiple places to shop and eat, the true gem of the area is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, located just a short distance outside of the city limits.
Here, you have the chance to walk in the former president's footsteps, touring not only his home but the very grounds that he lived and worked upon.
At the end of your journey, be sure to pay your respects to Jefferson by stopping at his grave.
While you are in the area, be sure to stop for lunch at Michie Tavern, which offers a delicious dining experience set up to make you feel as though you have been transported back into the 18th century!
3. Visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Of course, while you are here, you simply must indulge in a Philly Cheesesteak, a simple concoction of shaved steak, grilled onions and cheese all piled high onto a toasted hoagie roll.
4. Visit Washington D.C.
Located in the District of Colombia, the capital of the United States has a huge variety of places to visit and things to see!
Of course, you will want to walk past the iconic White House and explore Capitol Hill, but keep in mind that there are also a number of absolutely astounding museums to explore as well!
Unless you are spending a few days here, you will not be able to see them all, so if you must pick and choose, be sure to make time to fully explore the National Museum of Natural History as well as the National Museum of American History.
Washington, D.C. has a number of incredible monuments as well, including the impressive Lincoln Memorial as well as the sobering Vietnam Veteran's Wall.
5. Visit Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
For an absolutely unforgettable experience, hop in the car and set out to conquer the Skyline Drive, which affords over one hundred miles of absolutely spectacular scenery showcasing the Blueridge Mountains.
There are a number of lookouts that afford gorgeous views along the way, as well as plentiful visitor stations that will provide you with information regarding the area's history.
âWhile this drive is all but guaranteed to take you past some of the local wildlife, such as black bear and deer, be sure to view these animals from your car only.
6. Visit Williamsburg, Virginia
The best way to explain this place is to liken it to an intellectual amusement park.
While there are no rides to partake in, you have the opportunity to experience colonial life first hand as you wander through a historic village complete with guided tours of the church, jail, town meeting hall and other infamous places!
Colonial Williamsburg is a treat for people of all ages, as you can visit with all sorts of characters, including real-life cobblers repairing shoes as well as weavers, candlemakers and plenty more!
âBe sure to plan a full day here, as you will want to thoroughly explore everything the town has to offer!
TRAVELING THE UNITED STATES - PART 1
VISITING NEW ENGLAND AND WHERE TO GO
1. Acadia National Park: While the state of Maine is absolutely gorgeous unto itself, Acadia is located right next to the popular tourist town Bar Harbor.
This provides you with the chance to stroll along the beach and take in some of the more touristy areas before escaping into natural scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking.
Be sure to get up early and drive up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to witness one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see in your life!
âThe operative word here is to arrive early, as space at the summit fills up quickly, especially in the summertime!
What To Do in Massachusetts
2. Visit Boston: The capital city of Massachusetts, this is a place that is rich in history.
If you do nothing else in Boston, be sure to make time to walk at least the majority of the Freedom Trail, a nearly 8 mile, very easy trek that leads to right past some of the most historical places in all of New England!
Follow the yellow line embedded into the side walk to stand on the very same spot where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, visit the iconic Faneuil Hall, or take a stroll to the harbor where the Boston Tea Party unfolded so many years ago.
âFor sports fans, you simply cannot do better than to take in a Boston Red Socks game at Fenway Park!
Experience Cape Cod
3. Cape Cod: Also located in Massachusetts, this is perhaps the most famous beach town in all of New England!
âWith a plethora of beaches, gorgeous boardwalks and some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere, this is a great spot for families and couples alike!
What To Do in Vermont
4. Burlington: A relatively small city nestled against the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont, Burlington is an awesome spot to visit to truly get a taste of Vermont culture.
Be sure to take an afternoon to wander up and down Church Street, an open-air pedestrian market that boasts a number of excellent selections for dining before headed down to the lake front to sample a frozen concoction at the historic Shanty by the Shore!
Just a short drive away, you will find the incredible Shelburne Museum, along with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and of course, the Ben and Jerry's Factory!
Places To Visit in Connecticut
5. Mystic: A beautiful seaside town located in Connecticut, you can visit the Mystic Seaport to be transported back into time as you wander through a living museum that allows you to experience the day to day life of sailors back more than a hundred years ago!
âThere is also an absolutely phenomenon aquarium here, complete with penguins and even a rather friendly Beluga whale!
Visit New Hampshire
6. The Kancamagus Highway: Be sure to fuel up before embarking on this nearly 35-mile long drive through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as there is literally nothing between the starting point in Conway and the end in Lincoln.
This means no gas stations, no restaurants, no bathrooms, and no cell service. What you will find, however, is turn after turn off paved road that affords you with spectacular views of the White Mountains.
âThere are plentiful opportunities to leave your vehicle and explore various lookout points, or if you are feeling very adventurous, take one of the many day hikes located in this area!
FIVE TOP U.S. NATIONAL PARKS
Acadia National Park: Located on the middle southern coast of Maine near the popular tourist town of Bar Harbor, this is an ideal spot to experience the wild beauty of the state while having some of the best restaurants, hotels and shops available nearby.
Make a point of getting up very early at least once during your visit here, so you can experience the sunrise from the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Most people prefer to drive to the summit, but if you are feeling particularly ambitious, there are walking trails as well.
Be sure to get here early, especially during the summer and early fall, as it is a popular tourist spot and it can become crowded.
Badlands National Park: Located in South Dakota, this gorgeous park incorporates over 240,000 acres of prairies and impressive buttes and pinnacles rising towards the skies.
This place overlaps with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and is subsequently held sacred to the Lakota tribe. It is the home of a number of caves as well as multiple species of wildlife, from the majestic bison to badgers, bighorn sheep and even bobcat and coyotes!
Life is ancient here, as is evidenced by the many prehistoric fossils which have been discovered in the area.
Everglades National Park: Otherwise known as the River of Grass, this natural wonder located in Florida encompasses and protects the largest tropical wilderness in all of the United States!
Encompassing a huge area of wetland flowing out from Lake Okeechobee, this is the home to many endangered species of birds, along with marine life, including manatees. The mangrove and cypress swamps here are a sight to behold as well, as many of them are well over a hundred years old!
While there is no shortage of wildlife tours to partake in, be sure to make time to visit Shark Valley, which offers guided tram tours around an area that allows a safe way to experience up close encounters with gators, great blue herons and many other protected species!
If you work up an appetite while you are in the area, be sure to stop in Everglades City at the Camellia Street Grill for some of the best stone crab dishes in the state, as well as simpler selections like a fresh, flaky grouper sandwich!
Glacier National Park: This picturesque park is spread out over 1,500 square miles of Montana’s breathtaking Rocky Mountain range.
Running parallel to the Canadian border, this spectacular area park has a stark contrast between soaring glacial peaks and pristine valleys, along with a plethora of wildlife, including grizzly bears and mountain goats!
If you are into outdoor activities, there is plenty of hiking trails to cover here rated for everything from novice to expert. If you prefer to take in the sights in a more leisurely manner, make a point of traveling the Going to the Sun Road.
This fifty-mile expanse has portions that are open year- round, yet a great deal of it closes during the winter, so be sure to plan ahead. Here you can access Logan’s Pass, which is the highest point of elevation on the road as well as many other picturesque scenic outlooks.
Grand Canyon National Park: There is truly nowhere else in the world like this ancient and massive geological formation located in Arizona.
One of the most visited National Parks in the entire country, the steep, massive canyon spanning the Colorado River is largely considered to be one of the modern wonders of the natural world.
The more popular south rim is open year-round, complete with guided tours that are well-worth the money and time. While the north and west rims are also worth exploring, if you only have a day or two, the south rim is definitely the place to be.
Book a hotel in either Flagstaff, New Mexico or Sedona, Arizona for a clean place to stay and numerous dining options before embarking on a tour in the morning.
Seven Awesome Places to Eat in Austin
1. La Barbecue: (2027 E Cesar Chavez Street) In a town that is synonymous with delicious barbecue on every street, this place remains an understated yet unquestionably satisfying staple.
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 6:00, this is not the place for late night fare, but if you are seeking a late lunch, there is nowhere better to grab a taste of some of the best barbecue in the entire city.
You can order everything from turkey, brisket and pulled pork platters that are priced by the pound to a jalapeno sausage or chopped beef sandwich.
Be sure to get a side of their house made pickles as a perfect accompaniment to nearly any dish on the menu.
2. Clark's Oyster Bar (1200 W 6th Street) This upscale eatery offers spectacularly fresh seafood selections amongst a beautiful setting, offering seating both indoors and out.
Obviously, this is the place to go if you are a fan of raw oysters, but even if you are just into delicious seafood, you can't go wrong with stopping here for lunch or dinner.
There is even an impressive selection of caviar available, as well as fresh salads and inventive cocktails.
3. Franklin Barbecue: (900 E 11th Street) This restaurant is owned by its chief Firestarter and pit master, Aaron Franklin.
âHis name has become synonymous with exceptional barbecue, to the point where you can almost count on having to wait in line for food here.
If you try nothing else here, it has to be the melt-in-your-mouth brisket, though the sweet and spicy pulled pork or simple chopped beef sandwich are well wort a visit as well!
4. Matt's El Rancho: (2613 Lamar Boulevard)
If you want to experience classic Tex-Mex food, this is one of the tastiest options in the city, and perhaps the entire state.
Start with the classic guacamole or queso paired with a cup of tortilla soup before moving onto one of their delicious main courses.
Matt's Special provides you with a little of everything, while the extensive taco menu is mind blowing as well.
This is a place that warrants more than one visit, as you will want to thoroughly explore the entire menu.
Mom's Toast is one of their most popular dishes for anytime of the day, consisting of chopped shrimp and pork combined with chili paste while vegetarians can delight in a cauliflower bowl or tofu buns served with cucumbers and green onions.
FUN PLACES TO EAT IN AUSTIN
6. Salty Sow: (1917 Manor Road)
This gastropub prides itself on its farm to table, locally sourced cuisine.
Start the evening with one of their signature cocktails or a selection from their impressive wine list coupled with one of their savory appetizers, such as a warm olive plate or oyster boudin fritters.
BEST BURGERS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
The number two is a simple yet unreal cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, while the number seven is topped with a simple mix of grilled onions and hickory sauce.
There is a delicious veggie burger option available as well as a grilled cheese or fresh fish sandwich available for those with various dietary restrictions.
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