Austin – Holidaying in the Live Music Capital of the World
Serving as the capital of US State of Texas, Austin is the 11th most populous city in the United States and the fourth-most populous city in Texas and in the American South. During the year 2000 to 2006 it was slated to be among the fastest growing cities in United States. Serving as home to 912,791 people, this is the second largest state capital in the United States and is a major center of culture and economy in the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area. The city is at an elevation of 149 meters above sea level and has a land area of 686 km2. Called as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’, Austin became the capital of Texas in 1839. It was then known as Waterloo and was renamed soon after in order to commemorate Stephen F. Austin, who was the first secretary of state and is called as the 'Father of Texas'. The locals of the city are known as Austinites and speak English as their main language.
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport is the major international airport and all flights coming to Austin land at this airport. Located at a distance of 5 km from the city center, the airport connects the city to the major parts of the world. The unique located of the city, at the intersection of four major ecological regions; the city has a variable climate featuring characteristics of a tropical, desert as well as a wetter climate. The month of June till August is dominated by hot summer season. Weather starts to cool from September, thus begins the major tourist season which lasts till November. The city experiences mild winter from December till February and snowfall is very rare. The months from March to May are again very pleasant and good time for enjoying a holiday in Austin. Juneteenth in June, Austin City Limits Music Festival in September, Austin Film Festival in October, Halloween on 6th Street in October, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in December, South by Southwest in March, Star of Texas Fair and Festival in March and Austin Fine Arts Festival in April are the major tourist events in Austin
The State Capitol and Visitors Center is the prime attraction in Austin famed for being home to the office of the State Governor and the Chambers of the Texas Legislature. Zilker Metropolitan Park and Botanical Garden is the best recreation center for children and adults alike. Bullock Texas State History Museum is the best place to visit if you want to explore the history of the state. If you are a history buff then you should visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, which houses more than 45 million pages of historical documents and papers belonging to President LBJ, relating to the president's time in office.
Editor's Pick Batty about Lady Bird Lake is the most popular natural attraction in the city and has a few hiking trails and attraction located in its vicinity. Texas Memorial Museum, housing collection of items representing the natural and cultural history of the Lone Star State is another major draw. If you are drawn towards art and architecture then visit the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum which showcases umber of works by 20th-century sculptor Charles Umlauf. The French Legation (among the most important and oldest building in Austin), Mexic-Arte Museum (displaying traditional and contemporary art and culture belonging to Mexican, Latino, and Latin American) and Elisabet Ney Museum (displaying works by 19th-century portrait sculptor Elizabeth Ney) are the major sightseeing places in Austin.
Hill Country Flyer (a heritage steam train), Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, McKinney Falls State Park, Bastrop are among the day trips that you can take from Austin.
Eating and Shopping
Chicken and waffles, Cinnamon roll pancakes, Duck fat fries, pretzel and beer, Sweet & Sour Yodas, Beet home fries, Kimchi fries, döner kebab, vegan cheese burger, grilled cheese, pizza, steaks, brisket sandwich and pie are some of the famous food items you should enjoy in Austin. The city is filled with numerous restaurants, stylish café, food trucks, road side vendors and fine dining places where travellers of any budget can enjoy a hearty meal. Mandola's Italian Market, Pluckers Wing Bar, Pho Tai Son, Baby Acapulco's, Dan's Hamburgers and numerous Japanese restaurants are some of the most noted eating places in the city.
Beside the high scale shopping areas, glamorous malls and branded outlets, the city is very popular for its local markets and South Congress, The Drag, South First, North Loop, Whole Foods and Central Market are the most popular among them. The city is known famous for its range of ethnic grocery stores, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Mexican. Clothing, antiques, toys, books and music records are some of the popular shopping items that you should buy in Austin.
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