Destination: Austin, Texas
Friday, November 9, 2012
Need to get away to a warmer climate? Looking for a chance to try something new? Look no further than Austin, Texas. As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Austin is sure to meet all of your desires in a travel destination. Whether you’re traveling with your loved ones, for business, or planning a night on the town with your friends, Austin has a little something for everyone.
No matter what your plans call for, we’ve got a convenient Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel where you can lay your bags down, rest your head, and relax.
Thinking of visiting but can’t figure out what to do when you get there? We’ve put together a list with a little something for everyone. Take a look and prepare for an adventure:
- Love music and art? Your trip to Austin can be planned around one of two major music and arts festivals that are annual visitors to Texas’ capital city. South by Southwest, currently scheduled for March 2013, brings some of the biggest and brightest talent in music, film and technology together for a combined nine days of entertainment.
- If you’re only visiting for a few days, spend a fall weekend at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park. It features both popular and lesser known bands from all over the country. The best part? The music finishes in the park at 10 p.m., so you can make sure the kids are in by bedtime or spend the rest of the night out on the town.
- Looking for something a little quieter and less crowded? Try an evening with the oldest performing group in Austin, the Austin Symphony Orchestra. With events scheduled throughout the year, this is an ideal stop for any music aficionado.
- For those looking to appease the little ones, the Austin Zoo is located in western Travis County. This rescue zoo and sanctuary houses over 300 animals spanning over 100 different species.
- Don’t forget to stop by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin to see the native plants of Central, South and West Texas on display. Founded by former first lady “Lady Bird” Johnson and actress Helen Hayes, the Center is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered plants.
- If you’re up for an adventure, don’t let the “flat” stigma of Texas fool you. Austin has plenty of hiking both around town and within a few miles of the city center. Stay within the city limits and take on the University of Texas’ “Get Schooled” trail. Get a full look at the sixth-largest university in the nation by starting with the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. From there, make your way to one or more of the multiple campus museums; take a tour of the UT Tower, home to the best view of the city; and be sure to check out the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, home of the Texas Longhorns. At the end of your hike, hit up “The Drag” for a mix of locally-owned and chain stores that will entice any shopping fan.
- Find a bit of seclusion by traveling just outside of the city. McKinney Falls, Bastrop and Buescher State Parks, and Balcones Cayonlands National Wildlife Refuge are all within an hour’s drive of the city center and provide a wealth of activities that will quench your need to connect with the outdoors.
- Finally, for those looking for a taste of the night life, take a trip down Sixth Street and experience the best entertainment the city has to offer.
Any hidden destinations we missed that visitors to Austin should know about? Let us know by sharing in the comments section!