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Vacation in Austin and plan a memorable trip in one of the top destinations in Texas! This lively urban center attracts millions of people a year who enjoy an eclectic mix of culture paired with local charm.
Although best known for live music, Austin offers guests plenty of outdoor activities, historical sites, arts and culture, sports and nightlife. No matter what type of vacation you plan, the city welcomes you to try it all.
Venture from your Austin vacation rental and head into the great outdoors. The city's location borders the Hill Country region, which includes several lakes suited for water recreation. Among the top things to do, visitors love boating, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, swimming year-round in Barton Springs Pool and cruising. Off the water, families can plan special tours, go hiking and biking, rock climbing, play golf, visit local wineries and take a relaxing horseback ride. Kids won't want to miss the Austin Zoo, Austin Aquarium and mini-golf.
The fun doesn't stop there. The city has grown into a popular place to live and visit, all while honoring its culture and heritage. Top landmarks include the Texas State Capitol, Mount Bonnell, Congress Avenue and University of Texas-Austin, home to the Texas Longhorns college football team. Those looking to immerse themselves in art and culture will find dozens of art galleries and museums. The most popular include LBJ Presidential Library, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Thinkery, Graffiti Park and Blanton Museum of Art, to name a few.
One of the top ways to experience Austin's cultural diversity is attending a festival. The city hosts at least one a month, celebrating music, rodeos, food, art and more. Signature events include SXSW, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Urban Music Festival, Republic of Texas Biker Rally and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. If you enjoy Grand Prix racing, you’re in luck because Austin is home to Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The city also has districts that honor and celebrate African American, Latino and Asian customs and traditions.
This thriving city may be packed full of activities and attractions, but no Austin vacation will feel complete without experiencing its live music and nightlife. In fact, Austin is known to many as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” due to its 200-plus music venues and thousands of shows a year. Visitors who want late-night options can explore dozens of bars, comedy clubs, theaters and nightclubs.
When it's time to fill up, sample Austin's food scene. Vacationers will find hundreds of restaurants, serving both traditional favorites and international flavors. Satisfy your craving and select from seafood hot spots, steakhouses, dozens of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican spots, sushi, gourmet and famous Texas-style barbecue. Don't forget to stop at one of the food trucks for a quick bite and to chat with friendly locals.
Before heading home, experience some of the best shopping in Texas. In Austin, groups have access to both big-box shopping centers and boutiques, selling everything from Western apparel to souvenirs and handmade items created by local residents. To browse boutiques, visit the 2nd Street District, an area lined with locally owned shops. Or spend the day at The Domain, home to well known brands and independent designers who focus on a buy local approach. Families who have more time can also enjoy pampering at one of the many spas in the Austin area.
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