Field Guide: Austin

"If you ain't never been there, then I guess you ain't been told
That you just can't live in Texas unless you got a lot of soul.
It's the home of Willie Nelson, the home of western swing
He'll be the first to tell you, Bob Wills is still the King."

-Waylon Jennings

"When you grow up in Texas, and you're a little bit different, all roads lead to Austin."

- Liz Lambert 

The Ultimate City Guide: Austin, Texas

Through this multilayered portrait of Austin, discover the soul and secrets of the region from local recommendations, neighborhood profiles, interviews, maps and more. 

The very best barbecue, swimming holes and dive bars, deep from the cosmic heart of Texas.

Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the Austin field guide contains personal essays, hand-drawn maps, interviews, and local lore.

While it functions as a perfect guide to an upcoming visit, its real beauty lies in its lasting ability to capture your imagination and enlighten you even if you're a local and have done a lifetime of exploring the area. 


Austin Wildsam Travel Field Guide
Austin Travel Guide - Stories, Essays and Culture

Over 140 pages filled with local stories, travel intel and modern lore.

The best things to do? It's got that too.

  • A map of the city's top barbecue joints
  • Our bests list of coffee, hotels and weekend plans
  • Interviews with an architect, soul singer, chef and more
  • Where to find the top swimming holes
  • Essays from award-winning writers and journalists
  • An ode to the late, great Doug Sahm
  • Words from Lyndon Johnson about his hometown
  • The best places for queso, mezcal, late night steak frites and more



Wildsam Road Trip Field Guide: Austin

Praise For Wildsam Field Guides

Unlike traditional guidebooks that list the same old must-see sights and touristy neighborhoods, this new series, entitled Wildsam Field Guides, gets at the soul of a city.
-Conde Nast Traveler

These pocket guides cover more than just where to drink. More storybook than guidebook, Wildsam's slim volumes include local culture and history, essays, short stories, illustrations, and short biographies the kind of information you need to truly learn about a place rather than just putting together a tick-list of things to do.
-Outside Magazine

For tireless seekers of the authentic (or anyone with a serious Instagram habit who's on the hunt for offbeat sights), this pocket-size guidebook eschews the boring-but-practical stuff in favor of evoking what the jacket copy calls a "bygone sense of place."
-Wall Street Journal

City guides with a Wes Anderson aesthetic.
-AFAR Magazine

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