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Located at 1720 S. First Street, Artist and owner Todd Sanders and his friend Rory Skagen recreated this iconic Austin postcard on the southern exterior wall of Roadhouse Relics in 1998.

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Texas Capitol Building in Austin

Austin, TX is a city known for many things - live music, keeping it weird and being home to the capital of Texas, just to name a few. We're helping visitors make the most of their trip by providing insider tips on the best Austin hotels, restaurants, attractions and things to do around the city.

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Must See Austin Texas Points of Interest

The Texas Hill Country

If you look at a map of Austin you'll quickly notice that it's surrounded by attractions and natural beauty. To the west lies the famed Texas Hill Country with its cliff sides and valleys that butt right up against glistening lakes. The lakes are fed by the Colorado River, which runs right through downtown Austin.

Austin's skyline at night from across Lady Bird Lake

Downtown Austin

The city center is a vibrant area full of entertainment options, restaurants and historical landmarks. There are dozens of places to catch a live performance, including the renowned Moody Theater. The state capitol and a number of historic buildings are also in the heart of downtown Austin.

University of Texas Tower

The University Of Texas

One of the finest learning institutions in the country, The University of Texas, is located in Austin not far from the capitol. The university is the home of the Texas Longhorns, a 4-time NCAA National Champion football team. The UT Tower also gets a lot of attention due to its beautiful architecture and infamous past. Today, you can take tours of the tower to learn more about the school's history and get a spectacular view of the cityscape that can only be seen from the balconies of the best Austin hotels.

Boating on Lake Austin
Boating on Lake Austin

Top Things to Do in Austin Out on the Lakes

Austin is a popular vacation spot for nature lovers. There are miles of hike and bike trails throughout the city as well as McKinney Falls State Park within the city limits. Of course, Lady Bird Lake is also one of the top Austin attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. You can easily spend an entire day exploring Barton Creek, Red Bud Isle and taking in the views of the city from the water.

Lake Austin

In addition to the parks in the immediate area, there are not one, but two lakes within the city limits and five more less than an hour away. Together they make up the Highland Lakes chain of lakes and are very popular for water activities such as boating, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. Because of the mild weather, Austin's lakes attract many visitors from the northern states during the winter months.

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX
Stevie Ray Vaughan statue with part of the
Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake in the background.

Celebrities Are One of the Top Austin Attractions

With so much beauty and a cool, laid-back vibe, it's no surprise Austin is the hometown of many famous people. Legendary country musician Willie Nelson, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock, Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback Drew Brees, legendary golfer Ben Crenshaw, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey and writer/musician/politician Kinky Friedman have all called Austin home.

During major events like Austin City Limits, SXSW, Formula 1 and the Austin Film Festival you'll see even more famous actors, musicians and athletes all over town.

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The mission of is to provide visitors with our top tips and favorite picks so you get a true taste of Texas. We've also made it easy to find all information you need to plan an amazing trip to the capital of the Lone Star State.

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The Austin skyline from the Lady Bird Walkway


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