Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Due to the number of start-ups and international corporations relocating to the Texas capital, Austin has become a hot destination for educated young people. Many locals claim Austin is the ideal Texas travel spot for those tourists who want a unique experience that’s different from the rest of the state. Known to some as the City of the Violet Crown, the city has a hip vibe, thanks to the University of Texas.
Austin's attractions are immense, and visitors will find plenty to see and do in the capital city. From exciting car experiences at the Circuit of the Americas to red-hot festivals like South by Southwest, Austin has a lot to look forward to.
Local Favorite: BBQ BrisketThe hipster town of Austin is a unique place in Texas. In fact, it is like stepping out of Texas – sort of – and into a completely different state. Austin is a melting pot of foods, with many restaurants remastering the classic recipes. BBQ is king in Austin, and brisket is a favorite of many of the city's restaurant patrons. It is believed that brisket became popular around 1910 where it was likely smoked and sold to the Jewish communities of Texas. Non-Jewish restaurants later adopted the recipe for brisket. The brisket is smoked to various levels by cooks, with many having their own secret techniques for smoking and adding BBQ sauce. Brisket is a widely eaten dish around Austin and Texas in general. It won't take you long to find a restaurant serving it up.
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Lady Bird Lake
Congress Avenue Bridge
Circuit of the Americas
Top Tourist Attractions
Bullock State History Museum
The history of Texas dates back long before it became a state in 1845. The Bullock State History Museum tells the state's long tale through its exhibits. Visitors can learn about a diverse range of topics including the Alamo, John F. Kennedy's assassination, and much more.
The museum contains an IMAX cinema which shows educational films about the state and its famous people. Other exhibits show the history of Texas during different eras.
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake is part of the Colorado River, which flows through the Texas capital city. Named after former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wife, the 416 acres area is one of Austin’s most popular recreation spots.
The lake is surrounded by walking and cycling trails perfect for visitors looking for some exercise after eating a Texas-sized meal. Interestingly, most of Austin’s parks are connected by trails. You can easily get from one park to the next via the connected pathways. Many of the trails also lead to other tourist attractions.
Local businesses offer recreational equipment for rent around Lady Bird Lake. Visitors can rent bicycles or kayaks to take out on the water.
Audi Driving Experience
The 3.43-mile Circuit of the Americas was created for Formula One, and it provides a fantastic setting for car enthusiasts who want to test their driving skills. The Audi Driving Experience offers visitors an opportunity to drive around this track in the top Audi models. There are four different experiences to choose from, and each gives drivers their own unique adventure.
The more expensive options offer a totally immersive experience of driving an Audi. You will learn professional skills and fine-tune your driving approach courtesy of its knowledgeable trainers.
Drivers have the opportunity to get behind some of Audi’s most powerful cars including the R8 V10 Plus which showcase the superior handling and speed Audi has become known for in the auto industry.