Austin, TX

Come hear the new beat of Austin and see why it’s the fastest-growing large city in the United States! Situated in the heart of Texas, Austin is the capital of the Lone Star State. The Live Music Capital of the World® plays to a diverse population of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. Interested in Austin's Cultural Heritage? Discover a wealth of museums, culinary styles, music genres, art, and independent businesses. History lovers will love the Downtown Guided Walking Tours, led by knowledgeable Visitor Center guides. 

Start your Austin vacation at the official Austin Visitor Center & Gift Shop. Pick up free maps and brochures, and enjoy complimentary WiFi, clean restrooms, a cell phone recharge station, and Austin- and Texas-themed gifts, novelties, and oddities. Let the friendly staff help choose the best tours and activities to suit your schedule and interests, and book directly in store or online.

ADVENTURES IN AUSTIN

Listen to Live Music

Austin's celebrated live music scene includes more than 250 live music venues with just about every genre represented. Consider checking out one of the city's many iconic music venues. A few favorites include ACL Live at the Moody Theater (where the famed public television show is filmed), The Saxon PubHotel VegasAntone's, and the White Horse for a little two-steppin’ fun!

Take a Tour 

Take an expedition with one of Austin’s many local tour companies. Get a taste of the best food trucks in town with Austin Eats Food Tours, see the city from two wheels with a Barton Springs Bike Rental bike tour, go behind the scenes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, or see the top sights in 90 minutes with AO Tours. There's something for everyone!

Get Outdoors

The Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail is just steps from the Austin Convention Center and is a great way to catch a stunning view of Austin's skyline. Or, spend a sunny afternoon in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the lake, hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt, take a refreshing dip in historic Barton Springs Pool, or play 18 holes at one of Austin's many scenic golf coursesFind a more comprehensive list.

Visit a Film Location

Austin was named by Moviemaker magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker." Film buffs should visit locations from movies and shows filmed in and around Austin, including BoyhoodDazed and Confused, and True Grit. Keep an eye out; you may even spot a celebrity filming around town!

Enjoy a God Drink

From grapevines to hops, Austin serves up local, craft libations sure to please every palate. Try Texas wine, a margarita, or a locally distilled craft cocktail with Tito’s Vodka. Be sure to visit one of our local craft breweries for a pint and a tour, or spend an afternoon exploring the scenic Hill Country wine trail.

Witness International Racing in Action

It's no secret that Austin is a sports town – with the world-class facilities to prove it. Visit Circuit of The Americas, the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States, for annual events like the Formula 1 United States Grand PrixMotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the ARX Americas Rallycross, and the INDYCAR Classic.

Shop Local on South Congress

Vintage markets, used bookstores, and unique gift shops abound in this eclectic, funky stretch studded with casual eateries, cafes, and bars. While you’re here, marvel at the costumes at Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, shop Mexican folk art and jewelry at Tesoros Trading Company, find your next staple piece at Sunroom, and pick up a pair of cowboy boots at Allens Boots. Guys won’t want to miss the trendy styles at hot spots like Co-Star and Service Menswear.

Go Bat Watching. Yes, Bats! 

Austin has the largest urban bat colony in North America. Park yourself near the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk, or take a sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake from April to October, to witness more than 1.5 million bats spiral into the summer sunset.

Eat BBQ and Tex-Mex

Don’t visit Austin without trying what we're most known for - BBQ and Tex-Mex. There are too many spots to name for just one visit, but it’s hard to go wrong with a tray overflowing with slow-smoked brisket or foil-wrapped tacos direct from a food trailer. We're known for our unique food trucks, which can be found all over town. Wondering where to begin? Here’s a good rule of thumb: the longer the line, the better. Many iconic restaurants around town serve up a selection of vegetarian and vegan options, and queso! If you leave hungry, you're just not doing it right.

Explore Texas History. Go for a stroll down Congress Avenue to see the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Texas State Capitol (open 24 hours a day with regular, free tours) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. From there, head to central Austin’s Cultural Campus, around the University of Texas at Austin. This area is home to world-class museums like the Blanton Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Harry Ransom Center, and more. For a more casual history lesson, explore some of Austin’s historic districts and sites.

AUSTIN MAPS

Whether you prefer to ride a bike, ride the bus, or drive yourself, explore Downtown Austin, get to know the nightlife and entertainment districts, and find a selection of convenient hotels with the Printable Downtown Hotel Map. PDF FileDownload PDF. See a wider view of the city of Austin and surrounding towns, including major highways and points of interest, with the Austin City Map. PDF FileDownload PDF. Get to your destination on time, and find routes and service areas with the Capital Metro Schedule and Maps. Scope out Austin's 10-mile Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, explore the best viewpoints, and review the interactive Lady Bird Lake Trail Map. Find the quickest and safest bicycle routes throughout the city with the online Austin Bicycle Maps

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