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AustinUnited States of America

One of the new music capitals of the world, this Texas city also has a great presidential library, handsome Capitol building and pretty parks.

The city of Austin is the home of South by Southwest (SXSW), a huge festival of music, film and other performances by new and established talents. Come for the weeklong festival in March or explore the city’s attractions at any time of year.

Zilker Park is a large public space just west of Downtown Austin. During Austin’s warm spring to fall seasons, swim here in Barton Springs. The stream travels through the city, with a 900-foot (270-meter) long pool created between limestone sides before Barton Creek empties into the Colorado River. The pool itself is a massive 3-acre (1.2-hectare) expanse of water, surrounded by grassy areas for sunbathing and picnicking. Watch closely along the shoreline for several species of endangered salamander.

Visit Austin’s varied museums. The French Legation Museum, an 1841 wooden structure, was once a diplomatic residence. Show your kids your favorite childhood playthings at the Austin Toy Museum, with more than 20,000 pieces from the 1900s onward. Let them have hands-on fun at the Texas Museum of Science and Technology, which features a planetarium and a T. rex skull, among other attractions. Learn about Texas history at the Texas Memorial Museum and the free Brush Square Museums.

Tour the beautiful red-granite, domed Texas State Capitol building. The LBJ Presidential Library reveals the life and times of the 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson. A portion of the Colorado River is named Lady Bird Lake, honoring LBJ’s wife. Follow the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail for 10 miles (16 kilometers) along the lake.

While SXSW is one of the city’s biggest musical events, Austin earns its title of Live Music Capital of the World with more than 250 live music venues and 1,900 music acts. Enjoy everything from ballet to blues, rock, Latino, jazz, country, handbell, Gilbert & Sullivan and Indian classical music.

Fly to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or drive here in just 2.5 hours from Houston or 1.5 hours from San Antonio.

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Where to stay in Austin

Downtown Austin showing street scenes and an administrative buidling

Downtown Austin

4/5Very Good!(3,345 area reviews)

Downtown Austin is popular for its fantastic nightlife. Explore top sights like Sixth Street and Texas State Capitol, and you can get around town on the metro at Downtown Station.

Downtown Austin
Holy molé! The mole enchiladas at Casa Chapala are good. The queso was also excellent--they use fresh high-quality cheese.

North Austin

4/5Very Good!(1,126 area reviews)

While you're in North Austin, take in top sights like The Domain or McNeil Crossing, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Kramer Station or Howard Station.

North Austin
North Central Austin featuring a garden

East Austin

4/5Very Good!(370 area reviews)

Noted for its coffeehouses and live music, there's plenty to explore in East Austin. Top attractions like Lady Bird Lake and The Vortex are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Plaza Saltillo Station or Martin Luther King Jr Station to see more of the city.

East Austin
South Congress featuring signage

South Congress

4/5Very Good!(653 area reviews)

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to South Congress. A stop by Lady Bird Lake or South Congress Avenue might round out your trip.

South Congress
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Central Austin

4/5Very Good!(67 area reviews)

Central Austin is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Bass Concert Hall and Texas State Capitol while you're in town.

Central Austin
Franklin Park which includes a lake or waterhole and a garden

Franklin Park

4/5Very Good!(718 area reviews)

Check out the live music, restaurants, and shopping while spending some time in Franklin Park. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like McKinney Falls State Park or Lady Bird Lake.

Franklin Park

Top Hotels in Austin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4 out of 5
4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX
The price is $98 per night

Located in McKinney, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from St. Edward's University.

4.2/5Very Good! (4,124 reviews)

"Big Nice Hotel. Carpet Smells . look dirty. nice comfy room. Hotel call Deluxe King bed, but there is nothing Deluxe about it. Standard Room with King bed."…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
Lakeway Resort and Spa
Lakeway Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
101 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway, TX
The price is $159 per night

This family-friendly Lakeway resort is located on a lake, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Travis, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Falconhead Golf Club and Pedernales Country ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,997 reviews)

"The uniqueness is the location. That is beautiful. I did not like the check in . You had to download the app and it took a few tries before we could even get in the room. I can’t imagine If I was an elderly person with a phone that could not get an app. Also — the most important part is that the ..."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Lakeway Resort and Spa
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
The price is $165 per night

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lady Bird Lake and Austin Convention Center. Sixth Street and Moody Theater are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (542 reviews)

"This property both employed social distancing measures and cleanliness along with providing great service. My wife and I and our 2 young boys (4&6 y/o) took advantage of their large pool which offered plenty of space. Even though we did not fit the typical demographic, we never felt uncomfortable. ..."…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

The LINE Austin

Popular places to visit in Austin

Sixth Street
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Sixth Street

4/5(2,464 reviews)

Austin’s answer to Bourbon Street really comes alive when the sun goes down. Enjoy live music, delicious food and refreshing drinks here any time of day.

Lake Travis
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Lake Travis

4.5/5(1,153 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Travis, a popular spot to commune with nature in Austin. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Texas State Capitol
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Texas State Capitol

4.5/5(1,778 reviews)

An architectural marvel that rivals anything you might see in the great cities of Europe. 

Zilker Park
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Zilker Park

4.5/5(1,313 reviews)

Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, this centrally located park is an idyllic spot to relax in thermal springs or hike along extensive trails. 

Circuit Of the Americas
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Circuit Of the Americas

4.5/5(475 reviews)

Catch an event at Circuit Of the Americas during your trip to Del Valle. Amble around this vibrant area's college campus and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Lady Bird Lake
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Lady Bird Lake

4.5/5(1,005 reviews)

Try a water sport or relax by the shoreline at this major feature in the Austin landscape. 

Top things to do in Austin

Sunset Bat Tour
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Sunset Bat Tour

98% of travellers recommend
$32
Per adult
Austin Aquarium
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Austin Aquarium

78% of travellers recommend
$14
Per adult
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin
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Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour from Austin

88% of travellers recommend
$109
Per adult
Historic Downtown Austin Segway Tour
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Historic Downtown Austin Segway Tour

98% of travellers recommend
$75
Per adult
Weekend Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake
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Weekend Kayak Rental at Lady Bird Lake

100% of travellers recommend
$18
Per adult
Austin Sightseeing Tour Segway Tour
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Austin Sightseeing Tour Segway Tour

92% of travellers recommend
$53
Per adult

Reviews of Austin

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 51.053838593425795%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.43114557169378%
3 - Okay
886
3 - Okay 9.675657966582943%
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2 - Disappointing 1.758217756907284%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.0811401113901933%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

We love visiting Austin. There are so many unique and quirky places to visit and to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Magic city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I love Austin first time going :)!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Liked the fact that the service roads were one way.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Airport was easy parking -- valet was fantastic!

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