Austin

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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.

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

Best Western Plus Executive Residency Austin
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Austin
3 out of 5
2021 Cheddar Loop Rd, Austin, TX
The price is CA $120 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Wells Branch, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Boardwalk Shopping Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. David's North Austin Medical Center and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (842 reviews)
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Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is CA $238 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street, and Moody Theater. Also nearby are Paramount ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (3,089 reviews)
"I love to stay at the Fairmont Austin. We had a great time. One of my Favorite restaurants in Austin is Garrison. I highly recommend. The staff at the hotel were wonderful."

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2022

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Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
20 North IH-35, Austin, TX
The price is CA $137 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Governor's Mansion, Texas State Capitol, and Blanton Museum of Art. Bob Bullock Texas State History ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,078 reviews)
"It was clean and a grrat price for the location."

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park-Lakeline
Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park-Lakeline
3 out of 5
10809 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin, TX
The price is CA $112 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lakeline Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Concordia University Texas and Lake Travis. The Crossover ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (110 reviews)
"This property was very clean and the front desk staff was always friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was great. Everything worked. I was wondering I stayed there a week for my surgery and we really enjoyed it! It was also nice having the cable accommodations!"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park-Lakeline
Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park, TX
Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park, TX
3 out of 5
14022 US Highway 183, Austin, TX
The price is CA $119 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Located in the heart of Austin, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lakeline Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Travis and Austin Steam Train Association ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (487 reviews)
"NICE PLACE CLEAN AND GOOD SERVICE"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2022

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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 $175 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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 Moody ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (367 reviews)
"The stay was amazing, the room was very clean and breakfast was delicious, 👌"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown
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