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Austin

Guide for Austin

Austin, a booming town within the heart of Texas, is a place flooding with music, comedy, filmmaking, and lots more. Serving as the home of the Austin City Limits festival and the Southwest Musical Festival, the city of Austin never seems to run dry of musical and cultural events. If you?re looking to take a trip to Austin, here is the ultimate guide to take you through the city of culture and creativity.

Top Attractions To Look Out For

 

If you are looking to visit Austin to enjoy a nice relaxing view of the city, there are many attractions to look out for:

  • The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria: Museum and Gallery located at West Austin and Zilker Park

  • Zilker Botanical Gardens: Garden and Arboretum located at West Austin and Zilker Park

  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum located at Capitol Area, in downtown, central Austin

  • The Barton Springs, in downtown Austin

  • The State Capitol, in downtown Austin and;

  • The ever scintillating Lady Bird Lake.

 

Best Places to Stay in Austin

 

Looking for the best hotels to lodge in? Here are some of Austin’s best hotels:

  • THE DRISKILL HOTEL: One of the classiest hotels in Austin is also one of the oldest hotels. Known for its elegance, the Driskill hotel is located in the heart of downtown, at the far end of Sixth Street.

  • SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL: Known for its trendy looks and modern accommodations, the South Congress Hotel is located on the famous South Congress Street. You can never run out of shops and restaurants to walk into since the street is flooded with endless amounts of them.

  • HOTEL SAN JOSE: Peculiar for its lush courtyards and gardens, the Hotel San Jose, a bungalow-style hotel, is a great place for the gathering of friends, families, and groups. It is located behind South Congress Street and referred to as “the great boutique hotel.”

  • HOTEL ELLA: Holding a great deal of historical symbolism within the neighborhood of The University of Texas is Hotel Ella. Constructed in the 1900s when it was  called the Goodall Wooten House, the hotel has been stylishly and luxuriously renovated. Hotel Ella is located downtown near the University of Texas.

 

Other places for accommodation in Austin are:

  • The W, a great  choice if you are looking for a hotel with a built-in bar, located in downtown Austin.

  • Hotel Van Zandt, with a great rooftop terrace, downtown.

  • Heywood Hotel, East of Austin

  • Hotel Grandica

  • Rodeway Inn and Suites

  • Super 8, Downtown

  • Hotel Eleven, on E 11th street East of Austin, and;

  • Saint Cecilia Chateau, for high class and luxury, South of Austin

 

Transportation

 

Austin has a Capital Metro system that operates in all areas of the city. Route 100 and 350 are used to get to and from the airport from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Metro Bus ticket goes for $1.25 for a single ticket or $2.50 for a day pass.

Other options of transportation can also be explored, like the Austin B-Cycle, where you can pick up and drop off bikes at any designated area in the city. Bike rentals cost around $25 per day. OurBus allows you to purchase a bus ticket between Austin and Dallas for fares as cheap as $25.

There are also taxis, pedicabs, and Ubers ready to take you anywhere. You could also simply just  take a walk around the downtown area,  as it is easily walkable. 

 

Nightlife

 

Music! Music!! Music!!! You can never have a dull night in Austin with all the music playing in the air. The options you have at night vary from dives, clubs, bars, and the likes.

Looking for a dive bar with the best of live music? Skylark Lounge is your answer. Skylark is the local favorite for live music, drinks and a pointer to the old Austin.

When it comes to an extensive cocktail bar, just check out the Roosevelt Room with its classy and craft cocktails.

There are over 250 venues that feature all genres of music in Austin on a weekly basis. One of these is the Continental Club Downtown Austin.

 

Shopping

 

If you’re looking for the best tacos or seeking some major retail therapy, you are certainly in the right place.

There are no shortages of shopping options, as Austin houses several downtown shopping districts. One of these districts is Congress Ave., located in the heart of downtown Austin, and flooded with numerous shops to choose from.

You can also go to  2nd street, offering  over 50 specialty shops, restaurants, and boutiques for you to choose from. You’llnever run out of options here.

However, shopping in Austin would not be complete without mentioning  the beautiful Soco District.

 

Still not satisfied? Looking for more things to do in Austin? Don’t forget to add these to your to-do list:

  • A hike along Bull Creek

  • Free walking tours about the history of Austin

  • A tour around the Governor’s Mansion

  • A show at the Liz Fountain in the popular Butler Park; and

  • A totally free hike through Twin Falls

Did we mention that all of these are free? Yes! You have tons of free options for tours in Austin to expose you to its history and culture. You can get even more involved in  the culture of Austin by exploring the Soco District and Downtown Austin. It never stops bubbling with activities and live music.

Wondering what the best way to get to and around Austin is? Take a bus!

 

Taking a Bus Trip to Austin

 

Taking a bus trip to Austin has been found to be more beneficial, flexible, cheap, comfortable, and safe than any other option. Ourbus is one of Austin’s favorite bus services. There are so many benefits that come along with it too:

  • Bus tracking service

  • Free bottled water

  • Free rescheduling

  • Personal power outlets

  • Free internet (Wi-Fi)

 

Notable Events in Austin

 

Austin never runs out of unique and exciting events!  Here are some of the top events to look out for::

  • FEBRUARY: Carnival Brasilero is held at the Palmer Events Center. Get set for flamboyant costumes and Brazilian samba music (sambaparty.com).

  • MARCH: 1) Rodeo Austin held at the Travis County Exposition Center . 2) SXSW held at the Austin Convention Center and more than 50 other venues. (sxsw.com). 3) Urban Music Festival is held at the Auditorium Shores.

  • APRIL: 1) Art City Austin, held at the Palmer Events Center. 2) Austin Reggae Festival held at Auditorium Shores

  • MAY: Pecan Street Festival at the East Sixth Street

  • JUNE: Republic of Texas Biker Rally held at the Travis County Exposition Center and Congress Avenue.

  • JULY: Hot Summer Nights held at the Red River Cultural District

  • SEPTEMBER: Waterloo Music Festival held at the Carson Creek Ranch

  • OCTOBER: Austin City Limits Festival held at the Zilker Park

  • NOVEMBER: Austin Celtic Festival held at the Joudan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

  • DECEMBER: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is held at the Palmer Events Center.

There’s no doubt that Austin is a great place to be. See you there!!!

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