Perhaps you are the friend who always knows the latest bands, the best new craft cocktails, and where to find incredible brunches. Maybe you are the free-spirited one, letting the evening’s whims whisk you away to new spots where you can dance all night. Did you know that you have a perfect match…and that it is a city? With a nickname like the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it is no surprise that Austin, Texas, is buzzing with vibrant energy—much like yourself. Don’t waste a minute debating where to stay in Austin; Travelocity can lead you to all the best activities and neighborhoods before you can say “breakfast taco.”
Things to Do in Austin
Start your Austin adventure with breakfast at one of the city's many diners, serving up classic comfort food with a Texas twist, like chocolate bread pudding with bourbon, spicy omelets, and Tex-Mex migas, a glorious blend of eggs, veggies, cheese, and fried, chopped tortillas. If you haven’t yet used the oh-so-Southern expression “dadgum delightful!” you soon will. After you've fueled up, you’ll have plenty of energy for a day at one of the city's many attractions, such as the Austin Zoo. Bengal tigers playfully throw toys in the air and tiny capuchin monkeys vie for your attention at this popular treasure.
It may be nearly sundown once you’re done marveling at the friendly zoo residents. Sunset in Austin is more than just beautiful—it’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the city's hottest after-hours destinations. Dance the night away at trendy nightlife spots like Barcelona on East Sixth Street. Jazz lovers can't miss the Elephant Room on Congress Avenue, which is a great place to relax with your favorite drink and enjoy soothing tunes from local performers.
Eating and Drinking
“Texas is a state of mind,” according to author John Steinbeck, and what better way to get into that state of mind than through the state’s incredible cuisine. Downtown is one of the best places to stay in Austin for foodies of all types. Of course that Texas stand-by, barbecue, is on offer, with all the smoky, saucy goodness you can dream of. Heading out from one of the <a href=""/Downtown-Austin-Austin-Hotels.0-n6059085-0.Travel-Guide-Filter-Hotels"">cheap hotels in downtown Austin will put you on the right track for a tour of downtown’s barbecue joints which is sure to get your mouth watering. Dine on pulled pork, brisket, and thick cornbread slices at a family-style picnic table, with live music to invigorate your experience and a cold beer to wash down your meal. Now that’s Texas livin’.
True foodies know that variety is the spice of life. With hotels in downtown Austin, you are also just across the highway from one of the city’s most diverse food neighborhoods. A simple jaunt across highway 35 to East Sixth Street reveals a veritable playground of snacks and more. From Tex-Mex taco stands and gooey pizza to upscale French and classy cafes, this is a neighborhood you will return to again and again when the hunger hits.
Day Trips from Austin
When you begin to hear the call of the open road, rest assured you are in the perfect place to delve into all that the surrounding landscape has to offer. Playwright Larry King captured the essence of the Texas countryside when he wrote, “Under a high sky, all things are again possible and the wind blows free.” In the town of Wimberley, 40 miles southwest of Austin, there is one thing that is not just possible, but certain: excellent art. This artist’s haven is home to around 8 art galleries, including the largest in Central Texas. The array of watercolors, sculpture, and photography by local artists is impressive, so leave plenty of space in your trunk. You’re sure to journey back toward hotels in Austin with plenty of souvenirs in tow.
When you picture a Texas getaway, you probably imagine big hats, cowboy boots, and good old-fashioned line dancing. You need to head to Gruene, a neighborhood of New Braunfels, 45 miles south. History buffs will love the original, 1840s architecture, refurbished cotton gins, and Victorian-style Gruene family mansion. But that isn’t this quaint village’s biggest draw: Texas’ oldest dance hall is here, and it’s ready for a boot-stomping good time.
There are so many <a href=""/Things-To-Do-In-Austin.d178234.Travel-Guide-Activities"">things to do in Austin, it is only the wisest wanderer who considers taking a timeout from it all. Davy Crockett called Texas “the garden spot of the world,” and Austin has some particularly nice garden spots of its own. Zilker Metropolitan Park is a seemingly never-ending oasis of parkland, swimming pools, trails, and even old-timey miniature train rides. If you think that seems like enough, think again—Texas does everything bigger, remember? Run your hands over masterful artworks cast in bronze, stone, and aluminum in the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and imagine that lifelike angel actually taking flight. In the Zilker Botanical Garden, draw in the scents of colorful daylilies, find the ultimate relaxation in the Japanese Garden, and let butterflies alight on your shoulders on the Butterfly Trail. It is the ideal retreat from the city bustle, second only to the serenity of Austin hotels.
If you seek a day spent in more active pastimes, enjoy the lush greenery along the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail. The trail runs for 4 miles along the Colorado River, crossing over some of Austin’s most popular places for photos, such as the Lamar Street Pedestrian Bridge and the stunning modern engineering of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Prefer to ascend to great heights? Climb the stairs to the top of Mount Bonnell for stunning 360-degree views and the most picture-perfect picnic areas in town. Can you see your Austin lodging from up here?
In a city like Austin, you don’t have to choose between all the things you are passionate about. You’ll find every one of them here, from a uniquely delectable food scene to toe-tapping live music every night of the week. Travelocity offers everything from cheap hotels in Austin to <a href=""/Austin.d178234.Destination-Travel-Guides"">Austin vacation packages that offer you deals you wont find anywhere else. The only choice you do need to make is which one to book.