Austin is a small town with big aspirations
Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin, Texas is a state capital unlike any other, equal parts Tex-Mex, barbecue brisket and honky-tonk. The University of Texas used to define the city’s small-town vibe, but today the city is a tech and business hub, home to an incredible range of entrepreneurs and artists.
“Keep Austin Weird” is more than a bumper sticker slogan in this city, where residents embrace all things quirky and independent, from food trailers to relic shops to colorful public artwork. Visit during the renowned South by Southwest festival and witness the city’s ongoing transformation into a world-class—but still weird—metropolis.
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When to Visit Austin
Alfresco is almost always an option when you’re dining in Austin, though the summer months bring heat and humidity that may tempt you to stay indoors. During the spring and fall, temperatures float in the 70s °F and 80s °F, perfect weather for the pulsating rhythms of South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
If you’re staying in an Austin Country Inns & Suites hotel in March, get a taste of authentic Texas traditions at Rodeo Austin or go fly a kite at Zilker Kite Festival in the city’s famous Zilker Park, just south of the Colorado River.
The Texas Book Festival draws literati from across the country for a celebration of reading every October, but rowdier fun is just around the corner at Halloween. Don a costume to take part in the nearly 100,000-person-strong festivities on Sixth Street.
Austin Travel Tip
If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss out on a 20-minute Zilker Zephyr miniature railroad ride, starting near the playground by the Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park. Time your visit at the top of the hour on weekdays, or stick around on weekends for trains every 30 to 40 minutes.