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:
7. Mount Bonnell
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, ak. the Colorado River), the downtown skyline, and an eyeful of beautiful Texas hill country.
3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd. 512-477-1566. Website.
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Editor’s note: HOPE Outdoor Gallery is currently in the process of moving to a new location near the airport. Be sure to visit their website for updates.
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.
3. University of Texas — Tower
Just as the Capitol Building is Austin’s governmental seat, University of Texas is Austin’s educational figurehead, and on campus its 307-foot observation tower is king. You can certainly schedule a tour to the top floor of UT Tower for panoramic views of the city, but if you want to feature the tower in your shot, we recommend snapping a selfie somewhere near its base, with the giant looming behind you.
305 E 23rd St. 512-475-6633. Website.
2. South Congress — Capitol Building
You’ll find a number of great self portrait opportunities down South Congress Avenue, but for a real bang-up selfie in Austin, try featuring the Capitol Building in your shot. You can see the Capitol in the distance from basically any perspective on South Congress, but if you’d rather have the Capitol right up in your business, simply abandon SoCo and explore the Capitol’s well-manicured grounds to find the perfect angle.
1100 Congress Ave. 512-463-0063. Website.
1. Congress Bridge
The Congress bridge is a must-shoot during any selfie scavenger hunt, especially in the evenings when the bats start a flyin’ and the sun starts a settin’. After dark, the reflections and colors on Lady Bird Lake are absolutely stunning, whether you’re standing on top of the bridge or venture beneath it along the hike and bike trail.
Statesman Bat Observation Center, 305 S Congress Ave. 512-327-9721. Parking $5. Website.
Austin is an incredibly colorful place with plenty of eye-catching and quirky photo opportunities, but these seven big locations provide some of the best views of the heart of the city.
Photos (unless otherwise noted): Rebecca L. Bennett, Brave Bird Photography