Quick, what’s the capital of Texas? Did you guess Dallas? Many people would, and many people would be wrong. Dallas enjoys a higher profile than the state capital of Austin, as do Houston and San Antonio. Nonetheless, Austin, with its status as capital, has become a vibrant—and quirky—city that has plenty to offer everyone, from the most casual tourist to the serious cultural traveler.
Austin is, in a lot of ways, the heart of Texas, celebrating Texan culture and history, as well as the uniqueness of the state, from its origins as a Mexican territory to its independence and, finally, to its incorporation into the U.S. If you want to experience a little bit of Texas—and a little bit of Americana in the process—Austin is your next stop. Whether you want to try some Texan cuisine, visit Native American monuments or learn more about people from Austin and its surrounding areas, the city is all too happy to oblige. Here are just 17 of the activities that make Austin a great vacation destination.
17. Eat at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
If you’re looking to try some signature southern food during your trip to Austin, we suggest checking out Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. The restaurant chain originally began in Memphis, Tennessee, but expanded to several other southern states, including Texas.
The restaurant is the epitome of a southern buffet style with southern classics such as potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans on its menu. It also has a huge focus on fried chicken, of course, and so much so that the restaurant doesn’t serve any other meat. If you’re looking for some of the best fried chicken in town, we definitely suggest checking out this spot.