- September 12, 2017

These Five Drives Perfectly Capture The Essence of Austin

When you picture yourself driving around Austin just for the fun of it, where do you go? How you answer that question depends on what you like to do and see. Austin is a multi-faceted town that comfortably accommodates two-steppers gliding across the dance floor at an old country dance hall, hipsters sipping their craft beers through elaborate, well-groomed beards in dive bars, and health nuts shopping for organic groceries after a jog along Lady Bird Lake.

Whether you are hosting out-of-towners or just want to experience your favorite aspects of Austin, try traveling one of these Austin roads to find what you want.

5. Lamar Boulevard

Photo: Flickr user Counse, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Counse, creative commons licensed.

Lamar Boulevard is the main north-south artery of Austin between I-35 and MoPac, and along it are many of the places that make Austin famous. Starting at the south end, the Broken Spoke is one of the most famous Texas dance halls — it may look a bit different now that development has exploded around it, but it’s definitely still a must-see. Traveling toward downtown, you pass awesome eateries like Gourdough’s Public House and Barley Swine and great places to catch live entertainment like Saxon Pub and ZACH Theatre.

Once you cross over Lady Bird Lake, you quickly come upon the busy intersection at Sixth Street where the flagship store of Whole Foods Market sits. The company has come a long way since it first opened in 1980 with 19 employees. Today, Whole Foods has locations across the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. The company may have recently been purchased by Amazon, but it will always have a special place in most Austinites’ hearts.

On the north side of downtown, Lamar winds between Pease Park on the west and the West Campus area on the east. Before ending at Howard Lane, you pass more iconic dining spots like Dan’s Hamburgers and Threadgill’s.