Austin Vacations

Austin has such an eclectic and funky vibe, it just might take you by surprise. Besides being the place where Willie Nelson made a name for himself, president George W. Bush governed (the state capital is popular among tourists) and cyclist Lance Armstrong battled cancer, it's arguably the live music capital of the world. Visitors to Austin like to ... Read more
hit the bars and music clubs near the University, and this whole scene has its culmination every March with the South by Southwest Music Festival, where 1,400 bands participate. Hiking and biking are popular in the hills, and Barton Creek is always a good place to swim, tan, and enjoy the Texas scenery. Popular day trips outside Austin are to New Braunfels and historic Gruene, Texas. The food is consistently a highlight here, so try some of the smoked brisket or sausage at The Salt Lick in Driftwood before you head out of town.


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Austin things to do and experiences

  • Barton Springs Pool
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    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Pool
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  • Zilker Metropolitan Park
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    Outdoors, Park
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  • Texas State Capitol
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    Sights and Museums, Government Building, Historic Site, Capitol Building
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  • 6th Street
    8.8218 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Landmark
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Austin’s summers can be pretty overwhelming for those not used to the heat. The winter in the Texan capital is mild, but for an ideal visit, shoot for spring and fall when the city’s famed cultural calendar is ... Read more
in full gear and the weather is at its best. A note of caution: If you travel in May, book well in advance, as the city can fill up quickly for UT graduation, and March? Packed during the week of the SXSW conference.

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As a native Houstonian and former Austin denizen, I’d be remiss to omit details of its beautiful, metropolitan chaparral: for the adventurous I’d recommend the auburn slopes of Enchanted Rock or a hike along the impact greenbelt. Silkier park is ideal for families, ACL hosts the hipster holy grail of music festivals, and SXSW is an ideal proscenium for indie filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts alike. As for food, Torchys Tacos cannot be missed, neither so is the amazing Mexican vanilla at Amy’s Ice Cream - it almost makes me regret going vegan...almost.

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Foster City, California, USA

A lot newer and cleaner than I’ve expected. Lots of new shiny glass tall buildings and very clean hipster type city.

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Los Angeles

Austin is a great place to visit. Especially during festival season. Easy to navigate and so many places to discover.

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Houston, Texas, USA

Austin is a beautiful city! It's one of the few spaces that is great for adventurers and city dwellers alike.

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Local from Austin, Texas, USA

Austin is an incredible city. Whatever your taste, Austin has it. It is extremely welcoming and friendly and has some of the best food in the country. Get yourself some live music and tacos ya'll you're in the capital of the Lone Star state now.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA

Cool city, lots of music venues. Though, It's very very humid and hot. Not surprised since I'm originally from Dallas.


I jumped on a plane and went alone. So many great experiences! Great solo travel!

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Centennial, Colorado, USA

The only city worth going out of your way to visit if you're in Texas. The food is amazing and the surrounding sites are well worth it. I'd be thrilled to go back someday.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

you can't not fall in love in this amazing city. The famous signs and T-shirt you see everywhere "Keep Austin weird" is so accurate when you think what is so great about Austin. This is not Texas! From the beautiful views, the outdoors, the live nightlife, the food scene and everything else that makes this place the perfect destination for everyone. Now they just need someone to take care of the weather issue and it is heaven on the earth.

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