If Austin, Texas isn’t on your radar as a destination to visit this year, it’s time to fill you in on the nation’s best kept secret to change your mind. So why is the capital city of the Lone Star State the place to be? For one, it’s a Mecca to a legendary live music scene. Second, it’s located in the scenic central foothills of Texas, surrounded by lakes and rivers.
With eclectic music venues, mouth-watering BBQ joints, and outdoor havens to explore, having a car at your fingertips in Austin is your best option. Pick up your wheels upon arrival at the Austin International Airport and experience the city’s secrets for yourself.
Get a dose of nature in the city with a walk, run, or cycle on Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Impressive views of the city’s skyline along the peaceful river make it a great escape in the middle of downtown. Are you more interested in taking a dip in the waters? Then, grab your bathing suit and head to the local watering hole, the Barton Springs Pool. The sparkle of the natural waters lures all ages, the clarity makes for great snorkeling, and the cool temperatures offer a refreshing break from the sun.
After recharging in the great outdoors, head to Austin’s SoCo (South Congress) district. Fuel up on food truck fare or settle on any of the area’s funky restaurants for live music, a cold drink, and local bites. Once your appetite is satisfied, wander the unique consignment shops and one-of-a-kind stores lining the streets in search of treasures and art.
Make sure to embrace the local music scene waiting around every corner – even in grocery stores! With over 250 live music venues, there is always something happening to match everyone’s taste in music and entertainment. Top venues include The Broken Spoke with its country dancehall, the Continental Club’s local American blues and rock, the Cactus Cafe featuring soothing acoustic jams, and The Speakeasy or Elephant Room showcasing swanky jazz tunes.
Additionally, the outdoor music scene is in full swing all year round at city hosted unique festivals, many of which feature local music artists combined with exhibitions of local culture, food, and arts, too.
The art scene isn’t just limited to music. Head to Austin Graffiti Park at Castle Hills, which showcases everything from budding new graffiti talent to amazing murals in a legal space made available for tagging. Bring your own paint and grab a wristband to join in on the collaboration.
You can experience Austin’s gems easily with your own rental car. Orbitz offers economy options to SUVs that will get you from the locals’ favorite swimming hole to an evening of BBQ and smooth jazz without fuss, to ensure you make the most of your Texan experience and that at an affordable price.