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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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Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,914 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

This hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street, and Paramount Theater. Also nearby are Moody Theater and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,115 reviews)

"Beautiful property and very close and walking distance to nightlife"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Fairmont Austin
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University
2.5 out of 5
805 Neches Street, Austin, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,465 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Texas State Capitol and Austin Convention Center are ...

4/5Very Good! (1,042 reviews)

"Location was good. Slightly uncomfortable coming in at night to a parking garage alone with so many homeless people wandering around but I encountered no issues."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown - University
JW Marriott Austin
JW Marriott Austin
4 out of 5
110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,508 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Downtown Austin, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Austin Children's Museum, Lady Bird Lake, and Sixth Street. Austin Convention Center ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"The heated pool was great, felt like no one knew it was there, staff is extremely accommodating, will definitely visit again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

JW Marriott 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.

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Staybridge Suites Round Rock
Staybridge Suites Round Rock
3 out of 5
520 I 35 South Round Rock, Round Rock, TX
The price is ¥6,461 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Located in Round Rock West, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Chisholm Trail Crossing Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Round Rock Sports Center. Memorial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (471 reviews)

"Price was good and they still have breakfast included. The property is "getting old' and could use a freshen up. Bath is supplied in a reusable pump bottles which can easily be tempered with."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Staybridge Suites Round Rock
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX
The price is ¥8,702 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

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 Tower and University of Texas at Austin. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,657 reviews)
Great Christmas stay

"Property was perfect for our stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Arboretum/The Domain Area
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Arboretum/The Domain Area
2.5 out of 5
10024 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX
The price is ¥8,392 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Gateway, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Arboretum at Great Hills Mall and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from The Domain. University of Texas at Austin ...

4.2/5Very Good! (502 reviews)

"The lady that worked at the front desk was really the nicest most helpful hotel employee I’ve ever had in my life. They delivered my food to the hotel next door and she went and got it for me. She helped me with anything I needed and was so polite and courteous. The room was great and had a kitchen ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Arboretum/The Domain Area
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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