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Visiting Austin

Texas' Capital City Offers Something for Everyone


Visiting Austin
Danno Wise
In addition to being the state capital, Austin is also one of the most popular vacation destinations in Texas. Rich in both history and modern culture, Austin offers something for everyone.

Of course, tops on the list for most Austin area visitors is seeing the Capitol complex itself. However, the Capitol is far from being Austin’s only attraction. The Governor’s Mansion and many other government buildings are popular sites, as well. The Bob Bullock Story of Texas Museum and the Texas State Cemetery are also popular stops for visitors interested in Texas history.

As a center of learning, Austin is also home to several other top notch museums. The Austin Museum of Art, Austin Children’s Museum, and LBJ Library and Museum are among the favorites. However, the Austin Nature and Science Center and Austin Zoo attract their share of visitors as well.

Being nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Austin is surrounded by several natural attractions as well. Within the city limits are popular spots such as Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, and Zilker Park. A short drive away, visitors can find natural attractions such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Longhorn Caverns State Park, and Inner Space Caverns.

Sports are also a big draw in Austin. During the fall, visitors flock to the University of Texas’ Memorial Stadium to watch the fabled Longhorn football team in action. In the spring, the same can be true for the ‘Horns always competitive baseball squad.

And, of course, many visitors spend at least a night or two enjoying Austin’s lively nightlife. The center of the club scene is on the storied Sixth Street, although a number of restaurants, bars and clubs are located throughout the city.

Austin is also well-equipped to accommodate travelers and offers a wide variety of lodging options that cover practically every taste and price range.

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