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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.


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


  • 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


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


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


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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1 Howard Johnson Inn Austin I-35

2 stars
1.0 / 5 1 reviews

2711 IH 35 South Map

Featuring luxurious accommodation and excellent facilities, Howard Johnson Inn Austin I-35 is a chic haven of peace, which offers the perfect blend of maximum comfort and immaculate service. ... More

2 Omni Austin at SouthPark Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

4140 Governors Row Map

Situated in the best location, the Omni Austin Southpark is an ideal destination for business and pleasure. GeneralOmni Austin Southpark offers 13 meeting rooms that span 13,677 square feet of... More

With its comfortable accommodation, well connected location and friendly staff, Extended Stay America Austin Downtown Hotel invites the guests for a pleasurable vacation. Area attractions, which... More

Homestead Austin Downtown Town Lake Hotel offers fine hospitality and comfortable accommodation for its guests. Some of the tourist destinations such as Mount Bonnell, BatsUnderneath Congress... More

5 Red Roof PLUS Austin South

2 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

4701 South I-35 Map

Red Roof Plus Austin South welcomes every guest with its comfortable lodging and friendly service. The inn enjoys easy access to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, which is located just 8... More

6 Super 8 Austin University/Downtown Area

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

5526 N IH-35 Map

Offering beautiful accommodation in a serene location, the Super 8 Austin University / Downtown Area Hotel invites you for a memorable stay in Austin. GeneralAt leisure, you can take a soothing... More

7 La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol

3 stars
1.5 / 5 2 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

8 Omni Austin Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

700 San Jacinto Blvd at 8th Street Map

Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, the Omni Austin Hotel provides the ultimate in luxury, comfort and convenience. GeneralWith 16 flexible, stylish meeting rooms and ballrooms... More

Offering comfortable accommodations and business and leisure facilities, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Austin Nw - Arboretum Area makes for a fitting base for corporate and leisure travellers... More

10 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