Austin is the state capital of Texas, but above all, it’s a college town, home to the University of Texas – you’ll know that the second you arrive on 6th Ave. But don’t let that sway your impression of Austin, because there’s so much more to it than that. Austin is also well known for its eclectic music scene and outrageously good BBQ. If you’re into festivals, you may have heard of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival that takes place in Austin every year in March, celebrating interactive media, film and music. Or maybe you’ve heard about our favorite event of the year, the Austin Food & Wine Festival.

No matter your reason for visiting Austin, you’ll find something unique and refreshing about it. Take a look at our interactive travel guide to Austin, below for lots of top idea for where to stay, things to do, and places to eat and drink in Austin.

Where to Stay in Austin, Texas

Downtown is a prefect location for tourists in Austin. It’s easy to get around on foot, or get a Lyft. There are tons of restaurants and bars to check out and many good choices for hotels.

While I love to recommend The Driskill, because of its historical charm and elegance, it is a pretty expensive place to stay. If you can afford it, by all means, you should. Otherwise, here are a few more affordable luxury hotels to stay at in Austin.

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Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin

4-star hotel in downtown Austin, fantastic location, great restaurant, indoor pool.

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Hyatt Regency Austin

Comfortable 4-star hotel with 3 restaurants, and free wifi in fantastic downtown location.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort

For some peace and tranquility, outside of downtown, stay at this charming resort.

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Fun Things to Do in Austin, Texas

Want to build an itinerary with the activities listed in our shortcut guide (below)? Take care of everything all in one place: buy activity tickets on Viator. Use the links below to check out these fun activities:

Travel Guide to Austin

Shortcut guide to Austin, Texas
Shortcut guide to Austin, Texas




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Laura Lynch is the creator and writer of Savored Journeys, an avid world traveler and lover of great food and wine. She has been a travel writer for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.

Shortcut Travel Guide to Austin

2 thoughts on “Shortcut Travel Guide to Austin

  1. Bill Cole says:

    A not-to-miss restaurant in Austin for some of the best country French bistro food is Chez Nous located downtown just off of 6th Street. Salad Lyonaisse, pate, steak frites, and many other outstanding choices.

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