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Why fly to Austin?
The city is an uber-liberal gem in the rather conservative state of Texas. Perhaps, the Keep Austin Weird movement says it all. Austin is home to artists, naturalists, musicians and a host of characters that make up the Texas state capital.
The city sits on the Colorado River and hosts several artificial lakes. The city's downtown is full of shiny new skyscrapers and is also where you will find the city's hopping nightlife.
If you are looking for live music you have come to the right city as Austin calls itself the "Live Music Capital of the World." You can catch a live show on any given night and considering the city boasts 250 music venues, you can rest assured you will find something to your liking from punk to jazz. Some of the more intimate settings include coffeehouses as well as bars and clubs. Mega music festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits among numerous others bring thousands of visitors to the city every year.
Beyond the live music, the culture and arts scene is huge in the city. Check out museums like the Blanton Museum of Art, the Mexic-Arte Museum or the Bullock Texas State History Museum and galleries like the Contemporary at the Jones Center or the Authenticity Gallery.
Austinites are supremely outdoorsy and with the great weather that's not hard to understand. You can enjoy an afternoon paddle boarding or wander through the trails at Lady Bird Lake.
There is just so much to see and do in Austin, you will have to plan well to take even a small portion of it in. Try and divvy up the attractions so that you don't spend too much time in traffic by focusing on a particular area of the city for each day. Wherever you go, you will find fantastic restaurants to satiate you.
Sidewalks sizzle in Austin's summer heat. Tempeartures from June to September average in the mid 30s, and records have hit the mid 40s. The spring and fall seasons are quite lovely as the weather is still warm with numbers in the low 20s. Winter digits fall into the low 10s, and although below freezing and snow are not unheard of, instances are not the norm.
When to fly to Austin
Despite the high heat, Austin is a popular place to visit in the summer and flight ticket prices are generally high. December and March are also popular as students are on holidays during partsof those months, which means if you want a March Break trip with your kids you will have to plan very early or you are looking at fairly high costs.
Travelers tend to stay away from Austin at the beginning of the year as the temperatures are cooler than during the rest of the year. This means flight tickets to the city in January and February are usually less expensive.
Getting into Austin
Your gateway into Austin opens up at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport which is located approximately 10 minutes outside of the city. From the airport you can take a bus or shuttle into town. There are also a ton of limousine companies that service the airport if you want to go in elongated style. Additionally, taxis are located outside terminal.
Getting around Austin
Austin is in the midst of improving their public transportation system in an effort to ease traffic congestion. Currently you can use the public bus system as well as the metro rail to get around downtown Austin as well as into areas on the outskirts. Biking is big in the city and Austin is also part of a carshare program. Additionally, taxis are an option.
- If you are traveling with children, they will love the Zilker Zephyr mini train. This train can take the whole family on a trip around Lady Bird Lake and Barton Creek.
- For something on the truly unusual side and perhaps a step back to childhood visit the Cathedral of Junk. This cathedral is built in a backyard of a home and may look small, but once you get inside there are staircases to several levels and "alleyways" adorned by all sorts of weird junk like neon signs, lawnmower parts, household items and electronic gadgets. It's located on Lareina Drive.
- Step back in time for lunch. Head to Nau's Enfield Drug here you will find a soda shop that looks like it was transported into modern day Austin from the 1950s. Enjoy a mean bacon cheeseburger and wash it down with an old-fashioned vanilla shake.
- For unique Austin shopping head to the Second Street District. This is where you will found the works of talented Austin artists and designers. It's a great place to find a unique souvenir or gift that will actually be used or worn happily.
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