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Austin is a lively Texas city and at its core you’ll find great food, vibrant history, lush parks, world-class museums, incredible live music, and a healthy dose of Texas pride. Music lovers enjoy a number of music events hosted nearly year-round, while outdoor enthusiasts hike miles of trails and students at the University of Texas (UT) root for the Longhorns™. Visit Austin, take in the history, and feel the music. Book now at one of our Best Western Austin hotels and explore all this city has to offer.
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Start at the heart and soul of the city and the whole state-- the Texas State Capitol. Surrounded by acres of green, the majestic 1800s capitol building is so grand, that it stands about 14.64-feet taller than the nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C. Nearby, you can learn even more about this state’s colorful past at the Bullock Texas State History Museum or get some world perspective at the Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas’ main campus, featuring 18,000 works including modern pieces and historic collections from Latin America, Europe and the U.S.
The University of Texas
If Texas is famous for something other than “living large,” it’s American Football and The University of Texas Austin is the college’s flagship campus where locals and visitors cheer for the Longhorns. Climb to the top of the UT Austin Tower, rising twenty-seven floors, for a birds eye view of the campus and city. Check out a book at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, or make a wish at the Littlefield Fountain. When you’re ready for some music, head to Austin’s famous 6th Street.
6th Street & Austin Music
Whether you’ve got the blues, are ready to rock, or are feeling a jazzy groove, you’ll find live music in nearly every bar and bistro along Austin’s 6th Street. You’ll even feel the beat with live musicians playing at public parks, grocery stores and the airport. Music is celebrated year round at concerts and festivals like South by Southwest® and Austin City Limits®. With more than 250 live venues, everyone will find a beat to move to in Austin. One venue worth noting and visiting is the classic Paramount Theatre. In 1976, the building was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and today it hosts live concerts and events.
Lady Bird Lake & Zilker Park
Head to Zilker Park and hike or bike along Lady Bird Lake. Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, a 3-acre public pool filled with water from nearby natural springs, or view native and exotic plants at Zilker Botanical Garden.
Things to Do With Kids in Austin
Walk over the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and find the Statesman Bat Observation Center where the kids can marvel at the life of bats and how they survive in the dark. Every evening thousands watch while as many as 1.6 million bats take flight in search of food. During the day, head out to the Austin Zoo or Barton Creek Habitat Preserve and check out all the wild animals from a Bengal Tiger to endangered birds. Our Best Western hotels in Austin, TX will be waiting to welcome you after a fun day of adventures
Mount Bonnell & Lake Travis
Head to Mount Bonnel and Lake Travis for endless outdoor fun from boating and zip lining to biking and camping. Don’t miss the spectacular city and sunset views from the top of Mount Bonnell within Covert Park.
If you want great food, awesome music, and some of the best public parks, come to this Texas metropolis and make yourself at home while staying at one of our Best Western Austin hotels.