Austin

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Lady Bird Lake showing a high-rise building, skyline and a city

The good life rides high in the saddle in Music City, where tattooed artists, foodies and celebrities come to check out what’s new.

Austin is an outpost of alternative culture in the middle of Texas. It is the self-titled Live Music Capital of the World. In this college town, you’ll find an eclectic range of music venues, galleries and theaters. Austin also hosts plenty of festivals, such as South by Southwest, an annual film, art and music showcase attended by bohemian artists, techie geeks, and celebrities from around the world.

Austin’s cultural evolution began at the beautiful Paramount Theatre, which opened in 1915 and is still Downtown’s entertainment hub. It originally hosted vaudevillian acts and silent films, and today you can catch a play, musical or blues performance almost any day of the week. Walk a few blocks to the Texas State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark situated on one of Austin’s highest points.

A little further north of Downtown you’ll find a handful of great attractions at the University of Texas. Explore four floors of natural history at the Texas Memorial Museum, including fascinating fossil records. Learn about thousands of native plants at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Blanton Museum of Art has more than 17,000 pieces, including works from masters like Rubens and one of the oldest and largest collections of Latin American art in the country. Across the street is the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum where artifacts and exhibits tell the “Story of Texas.”

The Austin Museum of Art has two locations: the Jones Center in Downtown Austin and five miles away is Laguna Gloria a 1916 villa set in beautiful grounds near Lake Austin.

There’s more green space in the heart of Austin at the Zilker Metropolitan Park on the banks of the Colorado River near Downtown. Here you can stroll through the Zilker Botanical Garden, swim in the three-acre (one-hectare) Barton Springs Pool and take a canoe out on Town Lake.

Other attractions for nature lovers lie just outside the city. Hike, picnic and fish at McKinney Falls State Park, a 20-minute drive from Downtown Austin. At the Austin Zoo, families can enjoy the antics of more than 300 animals.

Back in the city center, get to know Downtown Austin on foot. You’ll find dozens of boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants. Dig into some traditional Southern soul food at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, a juicy burger at Hut’s Hamburgers, or brunch at the Old Pecan Street Cafe. In the evenings, wander down historic Sixth Street and settle in at one of the intimate live music venues like Momo's or The Parish Room. Close by, on the corner of East 8th Street and Red River Street, is one of the city’s most-loved venues, Stubb's Bar-B-Q. Not only will you hear cutting-edge alternative music, but there’s also mouth-watering barbequed ribs, fried green tomatoes and ice-cold beer.

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Where to stay in Austin

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX
The price is CA $191 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street, Austin Convention Center, and Rainey Street. South Congress Avenue and Texas ...
4.2/5Excellent! (942 reviews)
"The rooftop was closed due to “Covid.”? The staff were excellent. Clean rooms, friendly atmosphere!"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is CA $327 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, University of Texas at Austin, and Rainey Street. Also nearby ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (3,137 reviews)
"Great hotel. Friendly staff. Only thing I wouldn’t recommend is the room service. The food was terrible and the price was ridiculous."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Fairmont Austin
Aloft Austin Downtown
Aloft Austin Downtown
3 out of 5
109 E 7th St, Austin, TX
The price is CA $229 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is steps from Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Frost Bank Tower and St. Mary's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (935 reviews)
"Good hotel for the price and location."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Aloft Austin Downtown
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HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX
The price is CA $133 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Gateway, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from The Domain and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas Tower. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,781 reviews)
"This property is located on a busy highway. Neither entrance is well lit and if you miss the second one, you have a long block to go around. Breakfast was essentially the exact same thing everyday. The room was nice but definitely needed some carpet cleaning, paint touchup and other ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2021

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown
3 out of 5
78 East Avenue, Austin, TX
The price is CA $162 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Located in Downtown Austin, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rainey Street, Lady Bird Lake, and Austin Convention Center. Sixth Street and South ...
4.1/5Very Good! (329 reviews)
"so clean! love the breakfast! super delicious and free😍"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Airport
3 out of 5
1705 Airport Commerce Drive, Austin, TX
The price is CA $140 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Montopolis, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverside Golf Course, McKinney Falls State Park, and Lady Bird Lake. Austin Convention Center ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (346 reviews)
"Clean and friendly"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Airport
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.

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