Austin, TX

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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

Austin Southpark Hotel
Austin Southpark Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,350 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in McKinney, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from St. Edward's University.
4/5 Very Good! (1,564 reviews)
"I loved all of the indoor plants and the pool is beautiful."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Austin Southpark Hotel
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
3 out of 5
211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX
The price is ¥18,653 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sixth Street and Frost Bank Tower. Austin Children's Museum and Austin Convention Center ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (930 reviews)
"The location is great. The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel is beautiful."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is ¥20,951 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Rainey Street, and Esther's Follies. Also nearby are Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (3,135 reviews)
"awsome hotel"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Fairmont Austin
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.
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 ¥10,009 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Montopolis, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverside Golf Course, Colorado River, and McKinney Falls State Park. Lady Bird Lake is 3 mi ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"The ONLY thing I didn’t like was that there was a used soap bar left in the shower but other than that the room was so nice! The bed was comfy ! I slept so good . I loved the soaps and that there’s a mini kitchen in the room as well! Staff was great and overall a very nice hotel. I will definitely ..."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin Airport
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 ¥11,698 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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 Wonderful! (60 reviews)
"Great value very relaxing after a busy day"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin/Cedar Park-Lakeline
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX
The price is ¥11,727 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,799 reviews)
"Large rooms, quiet, good location clean."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
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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