Let’s be honest: even if you aren’t a famous blogger, influencer, and/or photographer or you don’t have a “significant” following on social media, we all like to take the best pictures for Instagram. And when you visit places as aesthetic as Austin, Texas, how could you not want to? But if you’re just visiting for the first time, how are you supposed to know where the most Instagrammable places in Austin are?
To visit Austin means plenty of live music, amazing street art, and great food just around every corner in the city. Instagram spots aren’t hard to find, but a list of them will surely help you find the places where you want to take your favorite pictures, even if you’re doing it just for your own memories. Here are our favorite 20 spots in Austin to take the best pics for all your Instagram needs.
20 Most Instagrammable Places in Austin
1. Austin Motel
Address: 1220 S Congress Ave.
Located on the Colorado River, this eccentric motel historically dates back to 1938. Known for its landmark neon sign that shines ever so brightly over South Congress, this is a place you’ll want to stay at while visiting Austin.
2. Jo’s Coffee
Address: 1300 S Congress Ave.
Aside from grabbing one of their amazing coffees, you’ll want to hit this coffee shop for their popular “I Love You So Much Mural.” And hilariously, there’s also an “I Hate You So Much Mural” in town located on Rainey Street for all the cynics out there.
3. Tau Ceti
Address: E 2nd St. & Brazos St.
In the Austin Convention Center Second Street Parking Garage in the heart of downtown Austin, you’ll find the tallest public work mural in the city. Done by Josef Krisfoletti, this colorful beauty is a work of art you’ll want to snap pics of while exploring around.
4. Blanton Museum of Art
Address: 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
As one of the largest university art museums in the U.S., you’ll have 189,340 square feet of art to behold and observe. Get creative with your pictures by capturing different angles in the many exhibitions and galleries throughout the place.
5. Love From Austin Mural
Address: 1912 S Congress Ave.
Another one of the many great murals to check out, the Love From Austin Mural by artist Charley Copp is a simple, but inviting message to take pictures by. Especially if you’re coming from out of state, you can commemorate your trip with the mural’s Texas outline.
6. Taquero Mucho
Address: 508 W Ave.
Already known for its tacos and the retro, bold neon lettering, Taquero Mucho is a hot spot for bloggers and influencers who are looking to take cute-with-a-hint-of-sass kinds of pictures. You’ll have several prop and background options to choose from.
7. South Congress Cafe
Address: 1600 S Congress Ave.
Known for its Bloody Marys and carrot-cake French toast, the SOCO Cafe should be on every food/drink blogger’s list of places to hit in Austin. Memorialize the experience by taking a picture in front of their iconic door or in front of the neon letter sign that reads, “Ride ’em Cowboy.”
8. Barton Springs Pool
Address: ?2201 William Barton Dr.
This popular recreational outdoor swimming pool is known for being filled by Barton Springs, the fourth largest natural springs in Texas. Commemorate the historical popularity of the place by recreating iconic pictures taken here decades ago.
9. Greetings From Austin Mural
Address: 1720 S 1st St.
Say hello from the city of Austin with this picture-perfect postcard you’ll want to send home to your loved ones. Another famous mural to visit in the city, it’ll be one of many you’ll want to check out during your trip.
10. Lamar Beach Metro Park
Address: 1200 W. Cesar Chavez St
If you’re wanting to take more landscape pictures, then check out the Lamar Beach section of the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Lake. Whether you’re walking along the boardwalk or paddle boarding on the lake, you’ll want to make sure to get the gorgeous views of the Austin skyline in your pictures.
11. Texas State Capitol Building
Address: 1100 Congress Ave
The Capitol Building is not just historically significant, but also architecturally aesthetic. In a city where live music, art, and history collide, a picture next to this government building is worthy enough to remember your trip to Texas.
12. Mount Bonnell
Address: 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd.
Also known as Covert Park, make this easy hike up to the top of this prominent point that juts out over the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River. Catch the gorgeous sunrise or sunset over the lake to get the best pictures of the area, while witnessing the most breath-taking views.
13. University of Texas Tower
Address: 110 Inner Campus Dr.
An iconic structure of the university, this 307-foot tower is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. If you aren’t a graduating college student wanting to immortalize your time in Austin, you can still take a significant picture in memory of the lives lost during during the 1966 UT tower shooting.
14. Zilker Park
Address: 2207 Lou Neff Rd.
This vast park is not only a great place for Austinites to hang out at, but also where the city holds the famous festival, Austin City Limits (ACL). You can expect more bloggers and influencers to take their pictures during the event, next to the big “ACLFEST” sign or near the flags in the middle of the park.
15. 360 Bridge at Lake Austin
Address: N Capital of Texas Hwy
Also known as the Pennybacker Bridge Overlook, you’ll take an easy hike to get to this popular Instagrammable spot. With an incredible view of the 360 bridge and Lake Austin, this is a great spot for Instagram-worthy pics.
16. The Oasis on Lake Travis
Address: 6550 Comanche Tr.
An incredibly dreamy and romantic spot, compliment the pictures you take by indulging in the nachos, salads, and margaritas that the restaurant has to offer. The Oasis sits on the edge of Lake Travis, offering the most incredible views over the lake.
17. Austin Central Library
Address: 710 W Cesar Chavez St.
Only in Austin will you find a library that is so artsy and picturesque as the Austin Central Library. With its modern structures and colorful windows, this place is more than just an area to study and find books.
18. You’re My Butter Half Mural
Address: 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
If you haven’t realized by now that this city is full of amazing murals to take pictures by, then consider this as our last shot at convincing you. This comically cute mural is great for couples pictures. Screw the anxiety of feeling too cheesy and kiss your partner in front of this mural for the ‘gram.
19. Home Slice Pizza
Address: 1415 S Congress Ave.
For all the foodie influencers out there, this restaurant is for you. As one of the more popular pizza places in town, you’ll want to take pictures next to these delicious, face-sized pizzas. There’s also the famed Willie Nelson mural that everyone recognizes in pictures, so take your pizza slice with you outside to snap the shot.
20. ATX Sign at Whole Foods
Address: 525 N Lamar Blvd.
And again, only in Austin will you go to a grocery store to get the best pictures. Stop by the Whole Foods on Lamar Blvd. to get a picture by the popular, colorful “atx” sign for that fun Instagram shot you were looking for. But the structure has a greater story behind it, which you can learn more about here.
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