Plan Your Visit

Austin is a great place to live, work and visit! Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is truly a must-see destination spot for tourists. Recognized throughout the U.S. for its unique character, outdoor attractions and eclectic music and arts scene, Austin is a standout among Texas cities. We hope your travels to Austin allow you time to explore the city.

Hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin – University Area
1617 IH-35 North | Austin. Texas | 78702 | 512.479.4000
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin – University Area provides a home-like warmth just a mile from downtown Austin. This Austin hotel is just across the street from the University of Texas and the Frank Erwin Center. The most centrally located hotel in Austin, we're only four blocks from the Texas State Capitol and within easy reach of many Austin attractions.

Free Fun in Austin

Mount Bonnell
3800 Mt. Bonnell Drive | Austin. TX | 78731
At 775 feet, this scenic overlook is the highest point in the Austin city limits and offers one of the best views in town! The initial stair climbing is a workout, but once you arrive at the top, the views of Lake Austin, the 360 Bridge and vistas of downtown are simply stunning.
Mount Bonnell is open every day from 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Dogs are welcome.
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road | Austin. TX | 78704
The 350-acre Zilker Park is one of the premier destinations in Austin and features a miniature train, multi-age playscape, sand volleyball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, two multi-use fields, picnic tables, barbeque pits, hike and bike trails and the popular natural swimming area and Austin landmark Barton Springs Pool.
Zilker Park is open every day from 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Dogs are welcome and a portion of the park is off-leash.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Southwest Austin
Located just minutes from downtown, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers 7.9 miles and 809 acres of lush vegetation, dozens of hike and bike trails, waterfalls and popular swimming areas to explore.
Visit the Greenbelt any day of the week between 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Dogs are welcome.
Lady Bird Lake
Central Austin
The heart of Austin is found along Lady Bird Lake. With more than 1.5 million visits a year, the 10-mile hike and bike trail is Austin's most recognized and popular recreational area. The calm waters also make the lake a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing.
Dogs are welcome.
South Congress Avenue
South Austin
South Congress Avenue, affectionately known as SoCo by locals, captures the city’s efforts to “Keep Austin Weird.” The pedestrian-friendly avenue is lined with eclectic shops, trendy restaurants, galleries and popular music venues. Take a break from shopping and get a quick snack at the food trailer cuisine-scene that has become a fixture for Austinites. The diverse group of food trailers and trucks offer everything from cupcakes to tacos, complete with picnic tables and patio furniture for superb people watching.
Tour the Texas State Capitol
Central Austin
The pink granite Texas Capitol is sited at one of Austin’s highest points and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. The extraordinary building, built in 1888, has the largest gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol.
To take a tour of the historic Texas Capitol, visit the Capitol Information and Guide Services located in the Treasurer's Business Office on the first floor. Tours are generally 45 minutes in length and are available:
Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon-3:30 p.m.