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Austin is not only the capital of Texas, but is also known as the live music capital of the world and has a tremendous culinary and cocktail scene. With a hot summers and mild winters, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities all year long.

Austin, Texas, Visitors Guide

Austin just might be one of America’s coolest cities. The city was first settled by Anglo-American settlers back in the 1830s and it has now grown to one of the top spots to visit. As the live music capital of the world, Austin hosts some of the best music festivals throughout the year, including SXSW and Austin City Limits Festival.

Austin is a paradise for foodies. The city consistently lands on one of the “best of” lists. ATX continues to regenerate as extraordinary new food trucks and restaurants pop up regularly. It’s also the motherland to some of the best burgers, tacos, and bbq. Beer lovers can enjoy Austin craft breweries where regular tasting events are held.

If you're looking to get outdoors, Austin features countless opportunities with the Barton Creek Green Belt, Lake Travis, Ladybird Lake, and many other popular hiking, biking, swimming, and watersport destinations.

Geography

Houston is just over 165-miles from Austin, or about 2 1/2 hours via TX-71 and I-10 E. San Antonio’s famous RiverWalk is a popular weekend getaway for Austin locals. It’s 80-miles, or an hour and twenty minutes to San Antonio via I-35 S. Dallas is about three hours from Austin, or 195-miles via I-35N and I-35E N.

Neighborhoods

Downtown Austin is one of the priciest areas in the city. However, it also offers incredible convenience and urban amenities. Find a vast amount of fine dining and entertainment options. You're also never far from live music and green space for outdoor recreation.
South Congress / East Austin is a diverse neighborhood with new apartment complexes, historic bungalows, and cocktail bars. Plenty of Southern eateries and iconic hotspots like Franklin Barbecue.
North Austin / Westgate has a more laid-back lifestyle. These neighborhoods are known for their ethnic diversity and mix of singles, couples, and young families. You'll find a combination of green space, local supermarkets, and restaurants. Locals also have easy access to Hwy 71.
Hyde Park is a tree-lined neighborhood situated near the University of Texas at Austin. Attracts free-spirits and creatives. The area was once home to a horse racetrack and state fair. Today, you'll find a mix of Victorian architecture and Tudor revivals while strolling past pecan trees and towering red oaks. Hyde Park is also home to many independent boutiques, restaurants, and pubs where locals gather to catch up after work.
Clarksville is situated in Downtown Austin. People who were formerly enslaved established this historic neighborhood during the 1870s. The community features a trendy commercial strip along Lamar Boulevard and is home to cafes and boutiques. It's a laid-back neighborhood and pedestrian-friendly for those who want to get out and explore on foot.
Travis Heights is situated near the South Congress area. The neighborhood boasts new construction, 1920s-era homes, and winding streets. Spend the weekend exploring Blunn Creek Greenbelt wooded trail and connect to nearby neighborhood parks. Travis Heights boasts an artsy vibe with trendy galleries, restaurants, and waterfront strolls.
North Loop was established after WWII as part of Texas' suburban boom. The quaint neighborhood is popular with nearby University of Texas college students and staff. It's also the perfect spot if you want to get out and walk more to urban amenities. A section of North Loop Boulevard boasts a pedestrian-friendly vibe with vintage shops and independent bookstores.

Top Places to Visit

The State Capitol and Visitors Center

Home to the office of the State Governor and the Chambers of the Texas Legislature, this building is protected as a National Historic Landmark. Ranking as the sixth tallest state capitol at 308 feet, it is taller even than the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

Zilker Park is 351 acres of green space that sits alongside Lady Bird Lake. From picnic sites, to riverside walking trails and volleyball courts, this park is one of the most popular in Austin. Ideal for families and nature enthusiasts, it houses Zilker Playscape, a large playground with its own section designed for kids aged two to five years.

Lady Bird Lake

Named after the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Lake is a section of the Colorado River. The flowing reservoir covers 416 acres and has become one of the city's top recreation areas. With the exception of hotels and residential complexes, the majority of its shoreline is open to the public including miles of trails for pedestrians and cyclists.

Climate

Austin gets an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Earned the nickname of "Violet Crown City" for its purplish light gliding over the hills on winter evenings. In the fall, you can expect September to feel like summertime with temperatures in the 90s and lows dipping into the 50s by November. In the winter, it's sunny with averages in the mid to high 60s. Lows dip into the 40s--though precipitation may also occur. In the spring, it's humid with averages from the low-70s to high-80s and may require layers and a lightweight jacket. In the summer, it's humid and hot, and you can expect temperatures to soar into the upper-90s and beyond.

What is Austin Known for

Live Music & Entertainment, Texas Capital, World-Class Dining & BBQ, Outdoor Activities/Hike-and-Bike Trail, the University of Texas at Austin, Watersports, South by Southwest Conference & Festivals, Austin City Limits Festival, Barton Creek Green Belt.

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