Austin Travel Guide
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- 85%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 79%Local Culture
- 78%Art & Design Lovers
- 74%Family Travelers
- 71%Nightlife Lovers
- 71%Budget Travelers
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- AustinMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
Austin reminds me of a northern city transplanted in Texas. It's a wonderful place for enjoying the outdoors, with its parks, botanical gardens, bike and running paths, hiking trails, seven beautiful lakes, and famous wild flowers. Artistically, there is so much going on, starting with the busy music scene on Sixth Street and the Warehouse Entertainment District. The University of Texas at Austin is a city in itself. As an educational and technology center, Austin attracts visitors and residents from all over the world. The food and shopping options here are amazing. I highly recommend a visit to Austin. There is something for everyone here.Recommended for:
By far, this is the best city in Texas. It's the live music capital of the world, has excellent food options, world-class nightlife, lakes with plenty of activities, the University of Texas, and so much more. Austin is a unique and eclectic environment, with technology, education leading the way.
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3
I can't even begin to describe how much I love Austin. I've lived here on and off for about 10 years (the "off" portions being involuntary). It's a great place for food, the outdoors, music, and culture, as well as families and much more. Oh, and are you a dog lover? You'll fit right in.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury Travelers
With its emphasis on lightly seasoned brisket, German sausage, and a tomato-vinegar sauce (and sometimes even no sauce), Texas barbecue has plenty of passionate loyalists in the state capital. Iron Works and the Salt Lick are traditional favorites, but these days the lines are longest at Franklin Barbecue in East Austin, which serves meat-market-style brisket, turkey, sausage, and more on pink butcher paper, with white bread and three sauces (including an espresso-based version) on the side. The ultimate barbecue-lovers’ day trip from Austin is the little town of Lockhart, less than an hour away, where old-time classics include Smitty’s Market and Black’s. Readers also put Austin in the top five for food trucks (including another barbecue must, John Mueller Meat Co.).
If you are more into music than dry rubs, Austin’s more affordable hipster music haunts can be found in the East Side district, where Emo’s draws indie music fans for local and touring bands. Spend another night in downtown Austin’s Red River district for live music at Red Eyed Fly and rock-and-roll karaoke at Beerland. Contigo’s killer cocktails made with mezcal, tequila, and fresh ingredients like raw ginger and lime should embolden the shy among you.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11
The title of “Live Music Capital of the World” may be self-proclaimed, but you certainly can’t fault the residents of Austin for being enthusiastically proud of their thriving music scene. There are a lot of options here (about 250, to be precise) that will satisfy many a disparate eardrum, ranging from back alley blues bars to mega stadiums that host the world’s biggest pop acts. And the best part? If you stick to the smaller venues, it’s pretty darn cheap -- perfect for a college student on a budget.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3
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It's funny to write just an overall review of Austin. It's one of those city with it's own living personality, and like all things with character, there is real depth and complexities to this place. You really can't get a good feel for the place without staying a while.
If you're looking for a unique experience, you need to go here if you have a chance to and trust me, whatever you'd heard about this city, it's true and so much more! Austin, not just a legend of Texas but to the United States. And don't get, Keep Austin Weird.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
Feel that? Yeah, that crisp tingle around your nose and the chilly bite attacking your fingers--it's chilly in Austin and everyone is looking for ways to stay warm. We Austinites are known for our love of outdoor activities, but what does one do once the temperature drops below our beloved 80+ degrees and down into the upper 30s? (I saw my breath the other morning as I was heading down the street for coffee and almost lost it!)
Many cafes offer outdoor seating with heaters stationed at every table. All recreational activities aside, this has to be one of the best ways to beat the cold in this city. Austin is rife with amazingly quirky and delicious cafes and restaurants, and nothing quite does it for me like a hot tai coffee under the heaters at Elizabeth St. Cafe on S. 1st, or a cortada in the back garden at Blue Dahlia Bistro. When the temperatures drop, the heaters go up, and it is the coziest one can be while still enjoying the city.
So bundle up, ya'll, and don't let the cool weather prevent you from getting your grub on! Al fresco dining in the winter? Yes please!Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofFoodiesLGBTGreen Travelers+ 5
Fun city to visit! Great music and food scene. There's always something to do you may just have to look around for it. There's a couple of great museums at the south end of the UT campus. Overall an enjoyable place.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness
Known to West Coasters as the Portland (or San Francisco, or Seattle) of the South, Austin has most of the advantages of any progressive metropolis - interesting underground art, liberal values, independent coffee shops and bars, fun festivals - and many of the best parts of Texas - lots of live music, plenty of places to go dancing, great food (yay BBQ!), beautiful views, and a strong sense of history. My favorite time in Austin is SXSW, but if you're not a fan of crowds, you might want to skip Austin in March.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
Austin is the cool, laid back city of Texas. UT-Austin is based there, so there's a prominent college town-vibe encased in a big city. There are lots of bars, coffee shops, nearby. Also, there are many outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, etc.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Austin is a green, liberal oasis deep in the heart of Texas. Being the oasis that it is, it's blessed with some of the most beautiful watering holes, rolling hills and emerald lakes. The gorgeous, friendly women, rowdy nightlife and round-the-clock music scene make Austin the most livable city in the great state of Texas.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
Austin is an incredible city... Especially if you like food, music, or kitsch. The food scene is to die for. You'll be sad that you don't have extra stomachs to hold all the things you'll want to try. Locals are friendly and really proud of their city. Be aware of when the larger music festivals are happening, as hotel prices will likely skyrocket.Recommended for:
Being my current place of residence, I am a bit partial and biased towards Austin. Having lived in many cities and regions throughout the U.S., I can say that this is the first place I can truly call home. "Keep Austin Weird" is a motto embraced by one of the most eclectic mixes of people a city could have.
What do you like to do? Whatever your answer is, you'll find it in Austin. From countless music and film festivals, great eats, an exciting night life to a beautiful and diverse outdoor scene, there is never dull moment. You won't find a more utopian city.Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
I didn't like Austin, Texas. Yes, it's a college town and a party place, but the people for the most part seemed cold and aloof. Granted I was only there for three days, so it's more than a superficial observation.
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies
I visite austin in May 2013 and I really loved the place. It really rocked. If you like barbecue, you're in for a treat. And foodies should definitely check out the food truck scene. The music scene is absolutely fantastic (it's the live music capitol of the world!!) and the clubs and honkey tonks are just as good as in Nashville, just with more styles to choose from. You know, where would you find a death metal music club in the middle of the most crowd street in the city?
The only thing missing: a professional sports team. Until then: hook them horns!Recommended for:
- AustinMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5
Love the energy of this city! Amazing BBQ, outdoor bar and food truck scene and it's the live music capitol of the US - how can you not love it?! Summers are brutal here, but you can always head to the lake or Barton Springs to cool off. Best city in Texas!
- AustinAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Austin is a really fun and manageable city (meaning it doesn't feel overwhelming at all, and it's easy to get around in, if you have a car). It's got a youthful feel, probably due to the UT campus in the middle of the city. It's quirky and I can't wait to go back!
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