Welcome to Austin, home to nearly 900,000 people. The capital of Texas attracts a number of young, talented university students, which has prompted a good-natured culture war between the newcomers and the city’s longtime residents. So far, the latter group seems to be winning, thanks to their dedication to the Keep Austin Weird campaign. You’ll find elements of this movement throughout the city in the shape of various art installations, eclectic eateries, and murals.

An Austin tour means an adventure in the Live Music Capital of the World, home to festivals celebrating all kinds of tunes. Whether you’re here to listen to blues, country, or a little bit of rockabilly, you’re bound to find exactly what your musical palette desires in this quirky town.

Austin is proud of its citizens, and throughout the city you’ll find monuments of ranchers, prominent musicians, and Civil War heroes. Many of these monuments are located in Austin’s numerous parks, making it an excellent place to get in touch with nature. If relaxing by a fountain seems a little too bohemian for you, visit South Congress Avenue. “SoCo” is a veritable paradise anyone who loves vintage threads and just the right amount of “weird” that makes Austin unique.

Don’t worry about keeping yourself fed – as you’ll notice in your Austin sightseeing adventure, you’ll find a food truck on every street, and bistros, cafes, and restaurants just waiting for you to dive in and sample their culinary offerings.

Whether you’re here for music, food, or to take in the local art scene, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in downtown Austin. Have you been to any of its famous festivals?

Visit our Austin travel guide page for more information or to plan your next vacation!


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42 comments

  1. what expedia isn't talking about is that we are still in a major drought and most water spots for the exception of Barton Springs is dried out.

  2. @Sierra688 I would, looks lovely. You should see my hometown of Hastings, New Zealand, then tell me how you would compare. To me Austin looks awesome 🙂

  3. Coming from outside of the US, Austin and San Antonio are the only two cities in Texas that offer truly international tourist attractions and are worth visiting. Houston and Dallas are just big cities with a lot of skyscrapers but they're not like majestic NYC or Chicago, they lack attractiveness and they're simply ugly.

  4. I live in Texas lol go downtown during night it's way better and go to Barton springs and all our lakes take a ton of poctures and come to round rock

  5. I was born in Houston. Although I love Houston, I'd much rather prefer Austin. If you're to visit Texas you must go to Austin, or Houston. Austin is a very beautiful city. Amazing and awesome.

  6. Austin is the second country music capital of the U.S. Plus it is hard to fit into Austin without a ten gallon hat and spurs too. Yeehaw.

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