Shortcut Travel Guide to Austin

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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.

Travel to Austin to experience a vibrant city deeply entrenched in the tenets of self-expression, ever-evolving music of all genres, and the pride of a unique southern history.

Austin is very much no like the rest of Texas and they have a mantra of “Keep Austin Weird”, which ensures you’ll find something unique and refreshing about it. Take a look at our infographic 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.

austin texas skyline

Fun Things to Do in Austin, Texas

There are more live music venues per capita in Austin than any other city. Wander down 6th Street on any given night and you will find yourself overtaken by jazz beats, rock progressions, twanging country or experimental electro.

Each year Atlanta hosts the famous South by Southwest music and film festival, which is a major gathering and showcase for the entire live music industry.

Our favorite event of the year in Austin is the Austin Food & Wine Festival that brings tons of celebrity chefs to the city for a multi-day festival of all things food and wine.

Austin also boasts a prosperous and eclectic film and theater industry. Over a dozen independent theaters line the streets of Austin, offering enough space for the many theater groups ranging from improv and offbeat to classical and cutting-edge.

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Austin Texas Capitol Building

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



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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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