Austin Travel Guide


These days Austin is big not only in Texas, but across the world. Thanks to the establishment of major cultural events and festivals—like South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Festival—a hip food scene, and incubators like Apple, Google, and Facebook fostering the creative community, it’s become one of the hottest destinations for travelers and residents alike.

Austin Travel Guide

Austin Travel Guide

Also home to the University of Texas, the state’s eclectic and wildly popular capital is a magnet for music, food, and new business, and T+L’s Austin travel guide will show you how to enjoy it all. Austin has a vibe all its own; not only is it known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” its offbeat scene gave rise to the city’s other motto, “Keep Austin weird”—a way to keep the focus on the independent artisans and entrepreneurs who helped build it into the attraction it is today. With a vibrant mass of bars and music venues that launched the careers of artists like Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin, which continue to be a focal point of Austin’s culture, an Austin trip will make you feel both that you’re far from anywhere you’ve ever been in the U.S.—yet somehow perfectly at home.

Best Time To Go

If you want to take advantage of Austin’s bigger festivals, know that South by Southwest happens in Spring, and Austin City Limits in early fall—both times of year when the heat hasn’t become unbearable and temperatures hover between 70 and 80 degrees.


Austin’s metro and bus system is not particularly extensive, but in general it connects the north to south side along Congress Avenue. A single ride starts at $1.25, and week-long passes can be purchased for as little as $11.25. B-Cycle is the city’s pay-as-you-go bike borrowing program, and taxis and car services are widely available.


August is the hottest month, with an average high of 95.6°F (35.3°C). January is the coolest month, with an average high of 60.3°F (15.7°C).

Know Before You Go

Even in the dog days of a hot summer, Austin’s weather can be unpredictable. Pack for rain or sudden drops in temperature, especially at night, even if days are expected to be sweltering. And because of the major events it hosts, as well as being a college town, there is an active partying scene. The city has launched a major “Get Home Safe” campaign to help revelers have accessible to responsible ways to get home.




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