2 Days on 2 Wheels: Austin - Day 1
Join us as we take on Austin, Texas, for 2 Days on 2 Wheels! Austin led the way in our Final Mile program, building more than 100 miles of bikeways in just three years, connecting neighborhoods like never before. To learn more about the Final Mile program, visit finalmile.peopleforbikes.org.
Our goal for our visit was to use updated and new infrastructure on Austin’s All Ages and All Abilities Network to check out the city by bike. Between separated protected bike lanes, neighborhood bikeways and multi-use trails, we were able to see the best sights Austin has to offer. Hop on a rental, your favorite touring bike or the local bike share and follow along as we hit some well-known sites and discover more along the way!
Street Art is everywhere in Austin.
Our first stop on day 1 was for a breakfast bite. Local favorite Juan in a Million has some of the best breakfast tacos we have ever tasted! We enjoyed so much local art as we made our way to the restaurant, it was easy to make many stops to check them all out. Street art in Austin is everywhere, so keep your eyes open and you’ll be sure find a favorite piece.
Views from the Town and Lake Bike Trail.
There are so many bike trails and paths throughout Austin. We started our trip on the northside of Lady Bird Lake and made our way south to hop on the Town and Lake Bike Trail that offers beautiful views of the lake and river combined with the cityscape just to the north. Take your time and make any scenic stops to grab pictures — this cool cruise will give you many options to safely cross the river.
As you head along South Congress Avenue, you’ll find many shops and food options along the way! Stop wherever you see something that catches your eye. The historic Austin Motel is a great place to check out (or even book a stay) with a great gift shop and restaurant. Hop in for a souvenir or to grab some lunch as your adventure continues.
No bike? Grab one from Metrobike Austin's many bike share stations.
We then made our way to the South Congress neighborhood, wanting to hit a couple of iconic local stops. First up — Jo’s Coffee. Grab a picture with the well known “I love you so much.” mural on the side of the building, then grab a coffee for the extra energy boost for your day of riding! If you only stop for the photo op, don't worry, another chance for coffee will come up not too far away.
Another long-time staple, Allens Boots will be your go-to to pick up some local cowboy boots or a hat! Pop in and see the huge variety that awaits, not to mention multiple options that also make for a great souvenir. As you make your way past all the beautiful boots and large selection of hats, grab both and be prepared for any square dancing you may partake in while in town.
Kiran taking advantage of the many vintage stores on the block.
Feeling thrifty? You’re in luck! There are a lot of vintage shops as you continue to roll around South Congress. Many are located close to each other, so we took advantage and stopped at a handful. Prototype Vintage was a favorite, with a big selection and great staff! If you want to continue your thrifting adventure, ask the staff for a specialty map to hit all the shops. They are also more than willing to share their recommendations for local spots — thank you Prototype Vintage!
A skull covered in crystal, only on SoCo ✨
Many shops in the neighborhood will also give you the chance to buy local art and trinkets that are truly one of a kind. Artisans' work is easily available and so much fun to check out. Don’t forget anyone on your gift list and be sure to take advantage of all the options.
We couldn't resist the Dulce De Leche donut.
After our vintage adventures, we looped back around and made our way down the opposite side of South Congress. Continue to hit as many awesome spots as you please, like we said, there is no shortage of great shopping and food options. A spot you may have noticed as you were heading south is The Salty! These gourmet doughnuts were such a treat. Take a break and try one (or three!), you will not be disappointed.
Espresso, Champagne, Chain Lube.
The Meteor is the perfect place for a bicyclist enthusiast. They offer coffee, drinks and are a full-service bike shop! Hop in if you are ready for a (second) coffee or a bite to eat. Should you ever find yourself in the need of on-the-spot repair, take advantage of the mechanics in store.
C'mon, you can't go to Austin and not stop at this mural!
As our day of exploration was winding down, we could not call it complete without a trip to this iconic mural. Make your way to Roadhouse Relics and get a photo of or with the “Greetings From Austin” mural, the perfect digital postcard to send friends and family as you say hello from Austin!
Where is your favorite place to bike in Austin? Let us know in the comments below and leave everyone some great tips for more must-see spots! Join us again for day 2 as we spend 2 Days On 2 Wheels in Austin, Texas!