Sometimes selfies are just too tempting to resist! Like the time you prepared to dive into Barton Springs Pool to christen the summer, or rocked out to your favorite band at ACL. Before you know it, you’re grinning into that little black lens on the back of your phone, hoping you’re getting the angle right so that your arm doesn’t look like it’s twenty feet long as you click the shutter.
We understand, and so we want to provide you with a bit of advice. As you explore Texas’ great capital city, you’re going to find a huge number of selfie-snapping opportunities, but none so perfectly Austin-esque and Instagram-worthy as these seven locations:
There’s no place like the highest hill in Austin for city skyline-viewing. Just before sunset or sunrise, climb up Mt. Bonnell’s 0.3-mile, stair-stepped trail for the best view of Lady Bird Lake (aka. Town Lake, aka. the Colorado River), the downtown skyline, and an eyeful of beautiful Texas hill country.
3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd. 512-477-1566. Website.
Auditorium Shores — Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Stevie Ray Vaughan is a legend in the Live Music Capital of the World. The memorial statue erected of him at Auditorium Shores marks a great place to view the downtown cityscape and Lady Bird Lake. Nighttime lake reflections are usually stunning!
920 W Riverside Dr. 512-477-1566. Website.
Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
Walking across the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge will present you with some unique selfie opportunities in front of Austin’s beloved Lamar train bridge graffiti, Lady Bird Lake, and the city skyline. Currently, the Lamar train bridge reads: “NINJA STYLE KUNG FU GRIP” and “NEVER GIVE UP,” thanks to some brave graffiti artist who continues to defy (and confound) railroad officials year after year.
901 W Cesar Chavez St. 512-477-1566. Website.
HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Speaking of street art that is dear to the hearts of Austinites everywhere, another amazing selfie-taking location is HOPE Outdoor Gallery on 11th and Baylor St. This publicly-sanctioned graffiti gallery is three stories of artistic wonderfulness that provides an excellent view of some of the most prominent buildings in Austin from its third level.
1101 Baylor St. Website.