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Austin, San Antonio and Houston

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Austin, San Antonio and Houston

Hi fellow Trip Advisors!

We are a long term (17 Years) Gay couple from Newcastle NSW and we are planning our next adventure.

We like to see more local life than too touristy and get to meet and greet some locals. We like, coffee, markets and of course FOOD and don't mind local bars to have a drink and socialise if we can. We areen't very "Arty" but do like history and did I say FOOD :-)

We are heading to USA September 25th for around 3 weeks (departing Friday 17th October. For our Texas leg of the trip we will be flying into Austin from LA on Thursday 25th Sept. We would like to hire a car (so need some advice on this) Staying in Austin 4 nights (one night to get over the flight) 3 nights to see the sights. Is this enough or too little time.

Then drive to San Antonio we were thinking 3 nights and only know we want to do the River Walk so more suggestions and advice on how much time here would be great.

Then onto Houston where we would like to do the Level 9 Tour at NASA but other than that we are open to suggestions.

We then head to Niagra Falls, Provincetown and then New York.

We will post in those forums for more information. I hope I have given you enough information for some advice.

Happy Travels and thanks in advance for all info given.

Rod & Buck

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1. Re: Austin, San Antonio and Houston

rental car..try hotwire.com

Austin and SA are just 1.5 hours apart but two different vibes

SA has a big Mexican influence..food,culture, music. The most physical history in TX-the missions, Alamo etc. Riverwalk. For fun, simply search on youtube Man vs Food (SA, Austin) you can see some extreme food things. On the river, Boudro's for guacamole salad made table side with prickly pear margaritas.. Visit Market Square. Tex-Mex...visit the RW but dine elswhere.

Austin..from food trucks to nicer end restaurants, music, politicos, students, kitchy South Austin

look at a map..you can do these 3 in a circular motion...BBQ in Lockhart or Luling TX

in between AUS and SA is Gruene TX..dance hall, general store, wine tasting etc.

www.texashighways.com for articles and events closer to your visit

pdf catalog on line @ www.traveltex.com

For gay specific things in each place simply google for bars/restaurants/clubs. There is a TA gay specific forum as well.

Edited: 20 March 2014, 10:50
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2. Re: Austin, San Antonio and Houston

Austin-world headquarters for Whole Foods...flagship store is a tourist stop in its own right

in any of the 3 cities visit a HEB Central Market..all about presentation

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3. Re: Austin, San Antonio and Houston

I think three nights in Austin and three in San Antonio is good. It will also give you some time to explore the Hill Country, which is the area to the west of both cities. Lots of cool small towns, wineries, breweries, etc.

We talk about food a lot on the Austin forums - tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g30196-i229-Austin… - so you may want to hop over there and read through some of the recent threads. Definitely stay somewhere downtown so that you can be right in the middle of the action and within walking distance to lots of restaurants, bars, and live music venues. The Driskill is a beautiful historic hotel right on 6th Street, but all of the major international brands are also represented (Hilton, Marriott, Omni, etc.). There are also several hotels on or along South Congress that would be good for a first time visitor (take a look at Hotel San Jose or Austin Motel).

In San Antonio, in addition to the Riverwalk, plan to visit the Alamo (an important spot in Texas' history) as well as the other old Spanish missions. This will give you some real insight into the state's history. While I generally agree with Tejashombre's advice to find places away from the Riverwalk to eat, there is one rather new area that is kind of a food lovers paradise - the Pearl Brewery complex. It's a refurbished former brewery wtih several new restaurants, a farmer's market, and some other shops. I think it's a lovely place to spend an afternoon and you can either walk there from the main part of the Riverwalk, or take one of the river taxis. http://atpearl.com/

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4. Re: Austin, San Antonio and Houston

You've gotten great advice on Austin and San Antonio. The only town I'd specifically mention in the Hill Country (west of San Antonio) that you'd probably enjoy is Fredericksburg. There are a lot of other ones as well, but that town has excellent restaurants, and is truly a tourist town.

As to Houston, we're the fourth-largest city in the USA, and have an extremely diverse food culture. Most restaurants allow people to dress casually (much to my chagrin), with literally only a handful requiring jackets. The better restaurants tend to be concentrated in the area of The Galleria, although there are many outstanding restaurants all over the city. Look for steakhouses, fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood, Cajun & Creole cooking, excellent Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese food, Tex-Mex (although San Antonio probably has the best), and virtually any type of food you want, from fine dining to hole-in-the-wall restaurants. One of our very favorites in town is a true heart-of-Mexico restaurant called Hugo's, but you'll need to make reservations for dinner well in advance: http://hugosrestaurant.net/

The Montrose is an area largely inhabited by and supported by gays, lesbians, etc., (as well as others) and has many fine restaurants and bars. You might find this area quite comfortable, although Houston is very accepting of the LGBT community, and our mayor herself is openly lesbian, so it shouldn't be a problem anywhere possibly except in a "redneck" bar.

Let us know what type restaurants or food you like, and we can make specific recommendations. Welcome to Houston, Mates!

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