Austin, TX

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Lady Bird Lake showing a city, a lake or waterhole and skyline

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.

Where to stay in Austin

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
2 out of 5
9121 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX, 78753
The price is $82 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,239 reviews)
"Nice property for the price"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
2.5 out of 5
11901 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX, 78759
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Room description showed tub/shower combo, got shower only. Slow, inattentive desk clerk. Rear gate to pool locked, which staff described as broken with no intent to repair. Room doors slam and walls thin. Could be very nice with a little effort."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $202 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy 5 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (3,000 reviews)
"Very nice Property but difficult to navigate with narrow street entrance and exit. Great proximity to convention center with above ground skywalk connecting the two. Reasonably priced compared to other downtown hotels."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Fairmont Austin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio 6 Buda, TX
Studio 6 Buda, TX
2 out of 5
5163 Overpass Rd, Buda, TX, 78610
The price is $90 per night from May 17 to May 18
Stay at this aparthotel in Buda. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.6/5 Good! (468 reviews)
"Beautiful"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

Studio 6 Buda, TX
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
3 out of 5
13501 Lyndhurst St, Austin, TX, 78729
The price is $99 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (253 reviews)
"Helpful and friendly staff"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
3 out of 5
10201 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX, 78759
The price is $118 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (701 reviews)
"Very clean and Quiet would definitely recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Austin

Austin has an excellent public transportation network that covers all its neighborhoods, so renting a car isn't necessary unless you plan on doing a lot of travel outside of the city. Capital Metro runs buses throughout Austin, while MetroRapid express buses run between the north and south of the city. The MetroRail train line has stations along a 26-mile (42-kilometer) route. Biking is popular too. Visit the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority website.Browse Austin rental cars.

Best time to visit

Book your trip to Austin for spring or fall to see the city at its best. During these seasons, you can expect pleasant temperatures in the 70s to 80s F (20s C) during the day. Avoid the summer if you don’t like heat or are planning on spending lots of time outdoors. In the warmest months, temperatures can reach well into the 90s F (30s C), and the air gets very humid.

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