austin, texas

Green City Series: Austin, Texas

Planning a trip to the Lone Star state? Then pack your boots and put Austin at the top of your Texas itinerary. Known for its eclectic live music scene, the up-and-coming metropolis is also a hot spot for eco-travelers. With numerous parks, lakes, and biking trails throughout the city, it’s no wonder why U.S. jet setters of all kinds are flooding to Austin this summer. For a complete guide to an eco-friendly Austin adventure, keep reading below.


Things To Do in Austin

Austin’s lively culture and busy atmosphere are sure to fill your schedule of things to do while in town. For a day spent outdoors, head to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which runs through Zilker Park in South Austin. Here, you’ll find 350 acres of publicly owned land, including 13.1 miles of walking and biking trails used by outdoor enthusiasts and leisure strollers alike. Plus, you can rent kayaks or a canoe to take down the river.

If you’re in the mood for a little luxury, there’s plenty of shopping to be done in Austin. From clothing boutiques to natural soap stores and home improvement shops, there’s a spot to peak every eco-shopper’s interests. Follow shopping with some relaxation at Vetiver Skin Studio, where you can get a signature hydrafacial. No matter what kind of activities you enjoy, you’ll never run out of things to do in this city!

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Where To Stay

For a true taste of the city, we suggest staying in the heart of downtown at the W Austin. Not only is the luxury hotel equipped with a trendy restaurant, lounge, pool area, and spa, but it’s also close to 250 bars, theaters, and concert venues in Austin’s most lively nightlife area. For something a little off the beaten path, book a stay at the Park Lane Guest House. It’s a bed & breakfast and “urban eco-oasis” in the heart of Austin’s historic SoCo district.

Where To Eat & Drink

You’re sure to work up an appetite after a long day at the park and an even longer night at the best downtown bars. So head to a few of our favorite eco-friendly restaurants in Austin, including Lenoir Restaurant and Counter Culture, which offers a hearty menu of plant-based meals. For the ultimate Austin bar experience, make your way to Container Bar, a quirky bar constructed from repurposed shipping containers. Serving up Austin-inspired drinks and lots of dancing, Container Bar perfectly embodies the uniqueness of the city.

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