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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: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings
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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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LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library
Owner description: The LBJ Presidential Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of... more Owner description: The LBJ Presidential Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including 650,000 photos, one million feet of film, 2,000 oral histories, and 5,000 hours of recordings from the public career of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his close associates. In addition to permanent exhibits which tell the story of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, the library hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year. The Library is open every day (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older, $3 for children 13-17, and $3 for college students with valid ID. Free admission is given to children 12 and under, active military, student groups, and UT students, faculty, staff and administrators with valid ID. Free parking is available in visitor lot #38. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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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: Bodies of Water; Hot Springs & Geysers
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Ranked #1 of 3,561 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown
Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown
Ranked #2 of 3,561 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
La Barbecue
La Barbecue
Ranked #3 of 3,561 Restaurants in Austin
Price: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Pieous
Pieous
Ranked #4 of 3,561 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Torchy's Tacos - Trailer Park
Torchy's Tacos - Trailer Park
Ranked #5 of 3,561 Restaurants in Austin
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Homewood Suites by Hilton TechRidge Parmer @ I-35
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton TechRidge Parmer @ I-35
$112 - $226
Ranked #2 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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Holiday Inn Austin Airport
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Austin Airport
$133 - $259
Ranked #3 of 198 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
$142 - $431
Ranked #5 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hotel Granduca Austin
4.5 of 5
Hotel Granduca Austin
$183 - $342
Ranked #1 of 198 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
$116 - $239
Ranked #6 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin-Arboretum / NW
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin-Arboretum / NW
$136 - $278
Ranked #7 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Travaasa Austin
4.0 of 5
Travaasa Austin
$367 - $555
Ranked #4 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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Four Seasons Hotel Austin
4.5 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
$352 - $974
Ranked #8 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
4.0 of 5
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
$187 - $458
Ranked #13 of 198 Hotels in Austin
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