Austin

Austin Travel Guide

These days Austin is not only big in Texas, but in the nation as well. Thanks to the establishment of the University of Texas, the state’s eclectic and wildly popular capital spawned and has grown into a magnet for music, food and new business. Not to mention the city is mighty affordable, too. With a combination of college influence from the resident University of Texas, the standard agent of Texas pride and a commitment to music, Austin has a vibe all its own. Known as “the Live Music Capital of the World,” the city’s bars and music venues that rise to famous artists like Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin continue to be a focal point of Austin’s culture.

Things Not to Miss in Austin

• Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
 • Admiring the architecture of the Texas State Capitol
 • Horseback riding at Travaasa Austin
 • Brunch at Kerbey Lane Cafe
 • Bats in the evening under the Congress Bridge
 • Guero’s Taco Bar
 • Strolling through Zilker Park

When to Go to Austin

The best times to travel to Austin are between the months of September and November or March and May, when the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees. Texas summers can be extremely hot, often over 100 degrees. The nicest time of year is spring. Festivals are a fundamental part of Austin's culture, and the ideal time to attend is during the fall.

Articles about Austin

The Top Chef winner now presides over a mini Austin empire that includes the fine-dining-yet-laidback Qui and three East Side King food trucks. Still on the horizon: Otoko, a small sushi spot inside the new South Congress Hotel, set to open this f...
This weekend, the famous Alamo Drafthouse invited particularly adventurous movie-goers to watch "JAWS" in an especially frightening venue: on the water. To celebrate the blockbuster's 40th anniversary—and Shark Week, unofficially—the theater is ho...
Every day, 164 people move to Austin, Texas, the nation’s second-fastest-growing city. The next morning, they all get in line at Franklin BBQ. There are always 164 people in line at Franklin BBQ; I suspect there may be some city ordinance requi...
Every day, 164 people move to Austin, Texas, the nation’s second-fastest-growing city. The next morning, they all get in line at Franklin BBQ. There are always 164 people in line at Franklin BBQ; I suspect there may be some city ordinance requi...
Every day, 164 people move to Austin, Texas, the nation’s second-fastest-growing city. The next morning, they all get in line at Franklin BBQ. There are always 164 people in line at Franklin BBQ; I suspect there may be some city ordinance requi...
The Top Chef champion unveils his secret plan to further dominate Austin’s food scene—this time with an ultra-luxe new sushi restaurant, Otoko, which opens this summer.   Don’t worry America. It’s O.K. to hate Austin for having everything, wha...
On Friday at 11:30 a.m., a cherry-picked cohort of 180 mystery celebrities will breeze through security, hop on a Boeing 737, and drink complimentary cocktails on their way to the country’s coolest music-tech-film conference. It’s not officially c...
South by Southwest (or SXSW, for the acronym-loving crowd) kicks off next weekend in Austin, but arriving street-style ready requires more than one day’s notice. To help prep for Texas’s best music-cum-interactive-cum-film festival, we assembled t...
When Matt McKinney took a 39-day road trip in 2012, he experienced one version of the American dream, just before he reached the Pacific Ocean: a flawless burger. “It was a really big, juicy patty and a perfectly moist bun,” says the Dallas-based...
See our slideshow of the World’s Best Secret Dining Clubs. “Look for the man learning How to Cook Everything. He will direct you to the location of the feast.” And so began a recent cloak-and-fork odyssey that ultimately led some 150 food lover...