How will all your social media friends know that you're visiting Austin unless you post a bunch of selfies with local landmarks to prove it? Hey, no judgment. This is a social media-loving town; we have a Social Media Club and even our own social media awards. You won't be alone when you capture the moment. Last we checked, there were more than 2.7 million pictures with "#Austin" on Instagram. Other hashtags you may want to use include #ATX (used 1.37 million times), #AustinTexas (150,000) and, of course, "#KeepAustinWeird" (61,000). And if you tweet out that selfie, you may be interested to know that Twitter got its big break right here in Austin. In 2007, Twitter caught on with the high-tech crowd at the annual South by Southwest Interactive Conference, which opened the door for mainstream success. #AustinSocialMediaHistory. Whether you plan to post your selfie on every social network or keep it to yourself, here are the top five places to take selfies in Austin.
The Bats at Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
Photo idea: You, plus thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats flying overhead. From March to October, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin is home to a massive bat colony. While they're here, the bats fly out from under the bridge every evening to feast on Austin insects.
Texas State Capitol
Does it surprise you at all to learn that the Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888, is taller than the U.S. Capitol? The famous red-granite dome makes for some beautiful photos. Inside, capture yourself in the rotunda or with portraits of Texas governors and presidents of the Republic of Texas.
Willie Nelson statue
If you’re going to a concert at ACL Live downtown, take a moment to get a picture with the 8-foot tall bronze sculpture of local patron saint Willie Nelson outside. Nelson himself was on hand when the sculpture was unveiled in 2012, and it's been a local landmark ever since.
“I Love You So Much” Street Art at Jo's Coffee
Innumerable couples have taken their picture with these sweet, simple words on the side of Jo's Coffee on South Congress Avenue. The back story? Austin musician Amy Cook spray-painted the words there as a message to her then-partner, Jo's and Hotel San Jose owner Liz Lambert. They've become an Austin icon.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue
Willie Nelson isn't the only famous musician honored with a statue in Austin. An 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture memorializing blues-rock guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan has graced Auditorium Shores since 1993. It's near the site where Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990, played his last Austin concert.