Austin - the city full of tourist attractions
Austin, a city in the Hill Country of central Texas, is the state capital and home to a major university as well as a center for politics, technology, music, film and a food scene. It is devided into six different districts. Downtown, UT and the Drag, North Central, East Austin, Northwest Austin and South Austin. It also is the 11th-most populous city in Texas and the fastest growing of the largest 50 US cities. Austin also happens to be the second largest state capital in the United States after Phoenix, Arizona.
Austin is a city that offers many tourist attractions and the list of things people should definitely visit when they go there is really long, but there are some places you really have to go to. For example the Texas State Capitol – it is the oldest surviving state office structure and and a great place to learn something about Texas' history and Texas' legislature. Of course there are tours available on every day of the week.
Something that is really fun and totally worth the drive is a trip to Hamilton Pool. The magical place was formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed and left a ring of waterfalls and gorgeous natural swimming pool. You shuold keep in mind that a reservation is required, because many people want to see this breathtakingly beautiful swimming pool.
Some people might prefer just driving or walking around Austin and explore the city while having small breaks in a few of the amazing parks the city has to offer.
The city's motto of “Keep Austin Weirs” permeates a lot of the shopping to be found. Shopping districts are packed with amazing boutiques and locally owned retail locations. In the city and a short drive away from downtown there are places for a commercial mall experience with national chain stores and more high end designers. A shopping experience is totally worth the trip to Austin!
Nearly 200 venues offer rock, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows every night, so the music scene is legendary for visitors! The Broken Spoke features great country acts. Also, guests can take a Texas Two-Step lesson if they wish to. People interested in rock, blues and folk music will be satisfied in The Continental Club.
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Austins weather is, usually, nice most of the year. If you're going to Austin you should remember that it lies within Central Texas, so you should be prepared for long, hot summers. Daily high temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) are normal during the time of May – September.
Winters in central Texas are short to non-existent. There are almost only pleasant or even warm days during the winter months and snowfall is very rare.
If you're planning to go there, spring and fall are the best times to visit Austin, Texas. Springs tend to be stormy and falls may bring light freezes during the night but during the day they are very pleasant times to experience Austin.
Standard time zone
CDT (Central Daylight Time)
UTC/GMT –5 hours
Exploring and walking around Austin on foot can be really difficult. However, if you like to travel around downtown Austin, it is, in fact, possible to do this on foot. Many attractions are just a 1 – 2 minute mile walk away from most downtown hotels.
If you wish to travel around Austin by bike, you should be aware of the fact that Austin is hilly to the west, but generally midly sloping towards the river in the center of the city. Of course there are bike lanes on some major streets, so biking should not be a problem. It is a great way to get around Austin and the weather is usually agreeable from October to April, during other months the temperatures are probably to high and humidity may be a problem.
Austin's public bus network system, Capital Metro, is really expensive and makes it easy to travel around inexpensive neighborhoods and express and downtown routes.
A commuter rail service from Downtown Austin to the Northwestern suburbs of Leander and Cedar Park called Metrorail is available as well.
But if you are used to drive in a large city, then driving in Austin should not be a problem for you. From 7-9AM and 3:30-7PM the traffic is really bad during weekdays, so you should keep this in mind.