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Austinis one of the largest college towns in the state and is distinguished for its open-minded ‘alternative culture’. This means you can express yourself any way you want, and as long as you are not breaking any laws, no one will bat an eye. A lot of artsy people live here, so if you enjoy cultural activities and entertainment, you must add Austinto your ‘bucket list’ of places to visit. There are numerous theatre companies offering a range of productions year-round in Austin.The Paramount Theatre is quite popular, and if you are a fan of sketch comedy, you must see a show by Esther's Follies. The Off Center offers fine musical and drama productions, and The Hideout Theatre specializes in sidesplitting stand-up comedy. Aside from theatre, Austin is known for its live musical venues, hence the moniker ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. PBS films the famous ‘Austin City Limits’ at the University of Texas at Austin, and anyone can attend these concerts. The Cactus Café & Bar is a popular establishment featuring local bands, and don’t forget to try some famed Texas BBQ at the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que or County Line.

When To Go

Austinhas very nice weather all year long, so most people can enjoy this city no matter when they visit. The summer months can be quite hot, however, so you may want to avoid May through September if you cannot handle temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s°C (mid-90s to low 100s°F). The winter months sometimes bring temperatures as low as 4°C (39°F), but an Austin winter is typically very short and mild, so it can feel more like fall to many visitors. Fall days in Austin are extremely pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. Spring is also very mild, but there are frequent rainstorms during this time. While it does rain throughout the year, it picks up in the late spring and early summer.

  • Fall and spring most pleasant, hot summers

  • Rains about 5-7 cm (2-2.8 in) per month; storms in spring

  • Flood danger in lower areas

Getting There

Most major airlines service Austin-Bergstrom International Airport,which is only 10 km (6.2 mi) from the centre of Austin. You can use inexpensive shuttles or buses to get to and from the airport, or you can hire a limousine or take a taxi, which is usually a $30 USD fare to the downtown area. If you are driving to Austin, you will take IH-35 or US 290, depending on your direction. Greyhound bus lines have a daily route into Austin, and Amtrak has a station there as well. You can get around town using the cheap Capital Metro service. Bus fare is $1 USD for a single ride or $2 USD for a day pass. The metro rail costs either $2.75-$5 USD for a day pass, depending on which zone you use.

  • Austin-Bergstrom offers domestic and international flights

  • Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains service Austin

  • Get around by foot, taxi, metro or car

Austin General Information

Fun and funky Austin is the insuperable capital of Texas. The home of South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits has one of the most notable live music and festival scenes in America. While a vital metropolis of 1.7 million people, Austin looks and feels vastly different from the big business swagger and oil-wealth skylines of Dallas and Houston.

After all, the unofficial motto of the city, “Keep Austin Weird”, feels more like a mission statement than a campy bit of whimsy. Austin is a magnet for members of the creative community both anonymous and famous and over the past decade, a lot of household names have set up shop here. Indeed, the liberal and progressive vibe in the city is singular within conservative, Republican Texas. This inherent spirit works in concert with the presence of the flagship university in the Lone Star State. The University of Texas at Austin has over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a massive endowment of over $12 billion. As a result, the school generates a lot of buzz and business for the city and marks Austin as the premier college town in America.

Attractions

  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Driskill Hotel
  • Texas State Capitol
  • University of Texas at Austin Campus Museums
  • Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Activities

  • University of Texas Longhorns Football at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Zilker Park
  • South by Southwest (SXSW)
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival

Restaurants

  • Salt Lick Bar-B-Que
  • Perla’s
  • Shady Grove
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Nightlife

  • Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
  • Broken Spoke
  • Jovita’s
  • Emo’s
  • Stubb’s BBQ

Climate

Austin has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters and very hot summers.

  • Winter (December to February) 4-18°C
  • Spring (March to May) 10-29°C
  • Summer (June to September) 20-35°C
  • Fall (October to November) 10-27°C


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162 hotels in Austin, US

1 La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol

3 stars
2.3 / 5 3 reviews

300 East 11th St Map

Presenting comfortable accommodation along with quality service, the La Quinta Inn provides the perfect setting for a memorable vacation. GeneralBusiness travellers can avail the full services of... More

2 Hyatt Regency Austin

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

208 Barton Springs Rd Map

This graceful property in a quiet area, offers elegant accommodation and modern facilities to make your stay in Austin a pleasant one. GeneralThe 17th floor Foothills Ballroom offers breathtaking... More

3 The Driskill

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

604 Brazos St Map

Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill and remaining as a landmark of Texas hospitality, The Driskill is among the world's finest hotels, offering an elite level of luxury... More

4 Casulo Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Casulo Hotel Map

Casulo Hotel Austin has city attractions such as Lady Bird Lake, Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Steam Train, Austin Zoo and Blanton Museum of Art. Guests can enjoy the quality... More

5 InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

4 stars
4.0 / 5

701 Congress Avenue Map

Featuring all the modern day conveniences, the InterContinental Hotel Stephen F. Austin enjoys an excellent location for business and leisure travellers alike. GeneralThis hotel offers... More

6 JW Marriott Austin

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

110 E 2nd Street Map

Arriving in early 2015, the JW Marriott Austin hotel will bring an unparalleled upscale hotel to downtown Austin. Situated in the heart of the city, our hotel in Austin, TX will be just a 15-minute... More

7 Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

701 East 11th Street Map

Sheraton Austin Hotel At The Capitol is a charming and friendly hotel that offers unsurpassed service and comfortable accommodation to make your stay a pleasant one. GeneralThe Sheraton Austin... More

8 Courtyard by Marriott Austin Northwest/Arboretum

3 stars
3.9 / 5

9409 Stonelake Boulevard Map

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Northwest/Arboretum provides business and leisure travellers in Austin modern spaces, recreational amenities and business services. This convenient property places... More

9 W Austin

4 stars
4.3 / 5

200 Lavaca Street Map

W Austin Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service. This hotel is located in Central Texas Hill Country and is surrounded by shopping as well as entertainment options. The hotel... More

Boasting comfortable accommodation and quality services, the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown/Convention Center promises you for a wonderful vacation in its friendly and hospitable environment.... More