Cheap Flights to Austin
Austin, Texas is the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the
World." Home to the annual Austin City Limits and SXSW, also called
South by Southwest, music festivals, Austin is one of the top
destinations for the live music scene. Austin also boasts the
University of Texas at Austin, home to the Texas Longhorns. The
university holds national championships in NCAA football and baseball.
Texas Hill Country landscape creates the ideal environment for an
active outdoor culture in Austin. Bike, hike and run paths line the
boarders of the three man-made lakes throughout the city. The Austin
Marathon is held annually throughout the challenging terrain.
Budget Travel magazine ranked Austin as one of the Top 10 Budget
Travel Destinations in 2009. The city offers a variety of hotels in the
popular downtown area. Travelers can choose a new, trendy hotel such as
the W Hotel Austin, which opened in December 2010, or the historic AAA
Four Diamond Driskill Hotel. Visitors will find the best rates during
dates when popular music festivals are not taking place. March, April
and October are typically busy music event months.
Golf Magazine named Austin the number
one destination on its "Top 10 Best Golf Cities in America" in 2010.
Featuring Tom Fazio-designed courses and crisp weather about nine
months out of the year, Austin is a great city for relaxation and golf.
Even though it is the capital of the largest state in the U.S., Austin
is often recognized as one of the most stress-free cities.
When to Go
Austin weather is fairly mild
year-round. Summer months tend to reach up to 90 degrees with some
humidity, but fall and spring stays cool and mild. Winter months drop
to around 45 degrees.
Things to Do
Listen to live music every chance
possible in this charming city. Sixth Street is the hottest area in the
city as it features some of the best restaurants and bars in Austin.
Rock climb on many of the limestone rock formations that are
scattered throughout the city. Or bike, hike, run or swim through the
various parks near the centrally-located Lady Bird Lake.
Austin offers many unique experiences that "Keep Austin Weird,"
just as the locals prefer. For example, each March, the world's largest
Mexican Free-tailed bat population migrates to downtown Austin
underneath the landmark Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Locals
and tourists gather in the evening to watch the bats fly through the
night air. The bats eventually relocate to Mexico each winter.
Ballet Austin is the fourth largest company in the U.S. Visitors
can also admire classic films at the Paramount Theater.
How to Get There
International Airport is five miles southeast of the city. Once in
town, public transportation is available via city bus or the Capital
MetroRail, a 32-mile commuter rail system.