10 Places to Photograph in Austin, TX

The second Weekend Intensive we have coming up in 2017 happens to be taking place in the funky, fun-loving town of Austin, TX. I was going to load up the RMSP motorhome to take an epic road trip to the ATX, but then I realized Missoula, MT is a little more than 1800 miles from Austin. Oh, and … the company motorhome was already being used by someone else on staff. Or maybe it was in the shop. Or maybe it was getting a new paint job. Either way, I thought it would be a lot better to have RMSP graduate and Austin local Carolina Burgos go scout the area on our behalf, and clue us all in to some of the best spots to photograph in Austin. Below are her suggestions for places to photograph in Austin.


1. Auditorium Shores: This is an urban park located in downtown Austin, within the larger Town Lake Park. Its name refers to its location between the former Palmer Auditorium and the shores of Lady Bird Lake. The park is known as the site of major music performances at South by Southwest and Fun Fun Fun Fest, as well as a number of other events. The views of the city’s skyline by day are just one of the many attractions. A great place to go for a walk or run, play with the dog, or generally just hang out and watch people.

800 W Riverside Dr
Austin, Texas 78704
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


2. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Statue: Also located at Auditorium Shores is a bronze sculpture of Stevie Ray Vaughan by sculptor Ralph Helmick, located at the intersection of Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail (South Bank at South 1st and Riverside Drive). This statue was erected in 1994 and has since become a popular tourist attraction. It often has flowers and other devotions at its base.Auditorium Shores

The Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail
Austin, TX 78704
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


3. Mt. Bonnell: Here you can find some of the best views of Austin due to the slightly higher elevation (780 feet above sea level). A popular destination for tourists (and locals!), a simple hike will reward you with some excellent sunset viewing and photographing opportunities. According to more than a few locals, this is a great place to retreat to with a cup of coffee any morning of the week. It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1969, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd.
Austin, TX
Check it out on Google Maps here.


4. The University of Texas at Austin: Nicknamed the ‘Forty Acres’ after the size of its original footprint, UT Austin (as it sometimes goes by) attracts lots of visitors. A popular attraction is its beautiful main tower and the Littlefield Fountain, which is a memorial for UT students and alumni who died in World War I. UT Austin has the seventh-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78705
Check it out on Google Maps here.


5. The James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge: is a pedestrian bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and features an unusual “double curve” design.  Expect to find tons of fit Austinites jogging, scenic pup pics, and perfect sunsets.

Check out this location on Google Maps here.


6. Hope Outdoor Gallery: This once concrete wasteland was reborn into an outdoor gallery for Austin’s finest and brightest street artists. This educational project is managed by the non-profit HOPE Events and was officially launched in March 2011 with the help of contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. It is the only paint park of its kind in the USA and was developed to provide muralists, street artists, arts education classes and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive and educational messaging. Murals go up and change within hours.

1101 W. 10th St.
Austin, TX 78703
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


7. Texas State Capitol: The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The Texas State Capitol is 308 feet (94 m) tall, making it the sixth tallest state capitol and one of several taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


8. “You’re My Butter Half” Mural: Austin is full of fun street art and it’s a perfect example of what makes this city so fun and livable.Visiting this mural will put a smile on your face and inspire you to take about a zillion photos with your better half … or anyone nearby for that matter. A visit to this mural is a fun way to get your week started.

Check out this location on Google Maps here.


9. ‘Greetings from Austin’ mural: This large scale replica of a vintage postcard is one of the most beloved Austin murals. Located on the side of Roadhouse Relics, the mural was originally painted in 1998 by artist and owner Todd Sanders and his friend Rory Skagen. The mural was recently restored in 2013 thanks to a group of local businesses and generous donors who wanted to revitalize it after years of weather and visitors took their toll.

1720 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
Check out this location on Google Maps here.


10. Austin’s Skyline from Auditorium Shores … by night: Like I mentioned in #1, the best views of the city skyline are from the area of Auditorium Shores. But (in my opinion), seeing the skyline at night is right next to perfect. Visit here on any average night and you will be rewarded with scenes of Austin’s buildings lit up against a night sky. If you want to crank your experience up a few notches, make a point to be here to watch a live show or an insanely cool firework display.

Check out this location on Google Maps here.




Want to be better at photographing Austin?
Join us for the Austin Weekend Intensive on February 25-26, 2017.

Your camera will thank you!



One thought on “10 Places to Photograph in Austin, TX

Alice London

You should add the LadyBird Wildflower Center and for people oriented photographers, South Congress or the Second Street District.

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