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 Austin, Texas Travel Guide - Must-See Attractions

Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in state of Texas. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States.  The most important places to visit in Austin are: Texas State Capitol, Bob Bullock Story of Texas Museum, Texas Governor's Mansion, Austin Zoo, Longhorn Caverns, Austin Children's Museum, Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Colony, Austin Steam Train, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and many more.

 

 

 Austin BBQ

 

 

 SXSW insiders guide to Austin

  When you're at SXSW you want to know how to get away from SXSW. We show you the best restaurants, the most amazing taco, the hotel that inspired Gwyneth Paltrow, the world's most popular graffiti, .Get in the car with Name.com's Jared Ewy and Master Tour Guide and Austin Aficionado, Todd Calvert, and go for the informative ride.

 

100 Things to Do in Austin Before You Die

 People are moving to Austin, Texas, in record numbers. The city is alive with opportunity, optimism and all things awesome. There are endless adventures for all walks of life, and its residents keep things weird 365 days a year. 100 Things to Do in Austin Before You Die is a bucket-list guide to Austin activities. The book captures everything from the cathedral of junk (an exhibit consisting of trash/ treasure in someone's backyard), to natural spring - fed swimming holes, a local bar that requires a passcode for entry, and a famous local eatery with a top-secret taco menu. It doesn't matter if you're a born Austinite, a recent transplant, or a visitor; this book will help you discover 100 things that make Austin, Texas, one of the greatest cities in the world!

 

 

 Keep Austin Weird Documentary

 

Texas State History Museum

1800 N.Congress Ave

512-936-8746

 

State Capitol

built 1888, largest state capitol in the country

Sessions are open to the public

11th and Congress St

 

LBJ Library and Museum

 

Austin Museum of Art

823 Congress

 

French Legation Museum

built 1841

802 San Marcos

 

austintexas.org

Austin Texas visitor center

 

Shopping

 

 

 

 

Explorers Guide - Austin San Antonio And Texas

 This guide focuses on beautiful, vibrant, and diverse San Antonio, Austin, and the Hill Country. Austin boasts an internationally recognized live music scene, but acres of parks, bike trails, and natural wonders make it almost as popular for outdoor recreation. Cool off in Barton Springs, watch more than a million bats take flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge, or join the thousands of residents doing their best to "Keep Austin Weird." Festivals abound across the city-join the crowds at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW, and a variety of film and food festivals

 

Craigslist Austin

 

Central Market

4001 N Lamar

 

Barton Creek Square Mall

 (512) 327-7040

2901 S Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX

 

Ecowise  

(512) 326-4474

110 W Elizabeth St, Austin, TX

 

The Arboretum

 

The Arboretum, an upscale shopping Mecca located in North Austin, has a much more sophisticated and urban feel to it than you will generally find in this laid-back, low-key city. Located in a suburban area that has seen great growth and development in recent years, many stores and notable restaurants surround this center. Shops at the Arboretum include Barnes & Noble, The Pottery Barn, Victoria's Secret, Arbor 7 Theatre (mainstream, independent and foreign films), The Sharper Image, Banana Republic, Fire Island Hot Glass and several fashion boutiques.

512) 338-4437

10000 Research Blvd

 

Restaurants

 

Roaring fork  Southwestern

701 Congress Ave

 

Wink  Nouveau American

1014 N Lamar

 

Ranch 616  Cowboy kitsch

616 Nueces St 512-479-7616

 

Las Manitas Mexican

211 Congress

512-472-9357

 

The Salt Lick  BBQ

18300 FM 1826

 

Austin News

 

Live Austin KXAN News

 

News8 Austin

 

The Austin-American Statesman

 

KXAN News

 

 

About Austin

 

Austin 1946

 

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas, the seat of Travis County. Situated in Central Texas and part of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 16th-largest in the United States of America. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, Austin has a population of 709,893. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin?ound Rock metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.5 million.

 

Austin was selected as the No. 2 Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine in 2006, and the "Greenest City in America" by MSN ("Greenest" referring to a commitment to sustainable living).

 

 

Residents of Austin are known as "Austinites," and include a mix of university professors, students, politicians, lobbyists, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and white-collar workers. The city is home to enough large sites of major technology corporations to have earned it the nickname "Silicon Hills." Austin's official slogan promotes the city as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to its status as home to many musicians and music venues.In recent years, many Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird"; this refers partly to the eclectic and progressive lifestyle of many Austin residents, but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses and resist excessive commercialization.

 

Before the arrival of settlers from the United States, the area that later became Austin was inhabited by a variety of nomadic Native American tribes, including the Tonkawa tribe, the Comanches, and the Lipan Apaches.

 

In the early 1830's the village of Waterloo was established. In 1839, the village of Waterloo was chosen to be the capital of the Republic of Texas. It quickly grew and was renamed in honor of Stephen F. Austin.

 

The Texas State Capitol was completed in 1888 advertised as the 7th largest building in the world. Funded by the famous XIT ranch, the building still remains part of the Austin skyline. The state capitol building is taller than the United States capitol building.

 

In September of 1881, Austin public schools held their first classes. The same year, Huston-Tillotson College opened its doors.

 

In the 1950's, Austin's first research labs and think tanks were built. As Austin's economy prospered, several movie theaters, public pools, and a local library system were opened.

 

The Austin music scene was born in the 70's when artists such as Willie Nelson brought national attention.

 

Today, Austin is known as much for its cultural life as its high-tech innovations. It is also known for the senators and schoolteachers who shaped its beginnings. The same success that has gained the city a national reputation has brought with it many difficult choices.

 

As Austin's official slogan is The Live Music Capital of the World,the city has a vibrant live music scene with more music venues per capita than any other U.S. city. Austin's music revolves around the many nightclubs on 6th Street and an annual film/music/multimedia festival known as South by Southwest. The city also has a burgeoning circle of live performance theater venues such as: Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Vortex Repertory Company, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Arts on Real, Scottish Rite Children's Theater, Hyde Park Theatre, and the Esther's Follies comedy & magic show which has been operating for over 3 decades now. The longest-running concert music program on American television, Austin City Limits, is videotaped on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Austin City Limits and Capital Sports & Entertainment run the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual music and art festival held at Zilker Park in Austin. The long-running outdoor musical, the Zilker Park Summer Musical expects to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. The Urban Music Festival is held during the Texas Relays weekend every April. Other annual events include Eeyore's Birthday Party and the Austin Reggae Festival (previously named Bob Marley Festival) in April and Carnaval in February. Halloween, the two Mexican independence days (Cinco de Mayo and El 16 de Septiembre), St Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, July 4th, and Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) are all widely celebrated. First Thursday is a popular festival which takes place the first Thursday

 

 

 

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