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Best of Austin Guide

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Austin
Every year thousands of hipsters, groupies, and die-hard fans flock to Austin for the annual South by Southwest festival, which has catapulted the Texas city up the must-visit charts for many travelers. The sandstone Capitol building is symbolic of the Lone Star State’s "bigger is better" mentality, featuring a gorgeous whispering gallery rotunda and 22 acres of grounds. Cool off with a dip in Barton Springs, a huge natural limestone pool that’s fed by underground sources.

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State Capitol
State Capitol
Owner description: If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that architects followed with the Capitol Building in Austin. At one time, it was the tallest capitol building in... more Owner description: If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that architects followed with the Capitol Building in Austin. At one time, it was the tallest capitol building in the nation. Others might be taller now, but this is still a beautiful building that shows off many of the natural resources which are so prevalent in Texas, such as limestone and the landscapes. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Historic Sites
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LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library
Owner description: Located on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas at Austin campus, the LBJ Presidential Library is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and... more Owner description: Located on a 30-acre site on The University of Texas at Austin campus, the LBJ Presidential Library is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the life and times of Lyndon B. Johnson, one of our nation's most fascinating presidents, and the era of his administration—the turbulent 1960s. HOURS & ADMISSION The library is open daily (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for former military, $3 for youth 13-17, and $3 for non-UT Austin college/university students with valid ID. Free admission is given to children 12 and under, active military, student groups, and UT Austin students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. Free parking is available in visitor lot #38. FEATURES & EXHIBITIONS Exhibitions incorporate interactive elements with historical and cultural artifacts. - Listen to dozens of LBJ's historic White House telephone conversations - Step into a replica of the Oval Office - Experience the president's decision-making process in interactive displays about the Six-Day War and Vietnam War - Discover how legislation signed by LBJ affects you today - Peek into Lady Bird Johnson's office and learn about her environmental efforts and White House Years ARCHIVES & MUSEUM COLLECTION The library houses more than 45 million pages, an extensive audiovisual collection, including more than 650,000 photos and 5,000 hours of recordings, and approximately 55,000 artifacts donated by the President and Mrs. Johnson, their family, friends, and the American people. THE STORE AT LBJ The LBJ museum store offers a selection of books, DVDs, and custom designed souvenirs that reflect the content of the library's permanent exhibition space and the life and career of LBJ. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; History Museums
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Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
Scenic trail through lush green parks and peaceful lakes: a great place to bike, hike and run.
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Museum that chronicles the history of Texas with three themed exhibits: Land, Identity and Opportunity.
Attraction type: History Museums
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Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool
Owner description: Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and... more Owner description: Over the years, people have come to this 1,000 foot long natural limestone pool, fed by several underground springs, for everything from fishing and swimming to baptisms and beauty pageants. less
Attraction type: Hot Springs & Geysers; Bodies of Water
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown
Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown
Ranked #1 of 3,754 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Ranked #2 of 3,754 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Uchi
Uchi
Ranked #3 of 3,754 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Ranked #4 of 3,754 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $35 - $45
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue
Ranked #5 of 3,754 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Grill
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Holiday Inn Austin Airport
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Austin Airport
$127 - $256
Ranked #1 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin North/Near the Domain
2.5 of 5
Home2 Suites by Hilton Austin North/Near the Domain
$123 - $269
Ranked #3 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol
$150 - $398
Ranked #4 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Archer Hotel Austin
4.5 of 5
Archer Hotel Austin
$203 - $355
Ranked #2 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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Lone Star Court
3.5 of 5
Lone Star Court
$176 - $261
Ranked #5 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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Hotel Granduca Austin
4.5 of 5
Hotel Granduca Austin
$172 - $376
Ranked #6 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
$440 - $912
Ranked #9 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
4.0 of 5
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
$168 - $451
Ranked #11 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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JW Marriott Austin
4.0 of 5
JW Marriott Austin
$241 - $542
Ranked #15 of 202 Hotels in Austin
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