Austin

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

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
2 out of 5
9121 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX, 78753
The price is CA $116 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
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. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,406 reviews)
"Nice Family Hotel!"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2022

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is CA $231 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Very large suite...wish I had more time to enjoy!"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2022

The LINE Austin
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
3.5 out of 5
701 E 11th Street, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is CA $167 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Conveniently-located hotel close to the Texas Capitol. Friendly staff. Good bar. Some rooms seem a bit dated and could use an upgrade. Great stay overall!"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2022

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
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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 CA $128 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 19
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (294 reviews)
Nice place.
"The rooms were large and well equipped with kitchen items. The employees were helpful and friendly. The bed was comfortable. The breakfast bar didn’t have a great selection. It served the same few items each morning."

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX, 78759
The price is CA $139 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,883 reviews)
"It was good. Breakfast was okay but other"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2022

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
The Guild Austin | Lofts on 5th
The Guild Austin | Lofts on 5th
2 out of 5
410 E 5th St, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is CA $205 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Sixth Street and Moody Theater are located nearby. Discover ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"The space was really nice! Communicating with property managers was really easy. The area is good because it’s so close to everything. I enjoyed my stay."

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2022

The Guild Austin | Lofts on 5th
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