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Known for its vibrant music, fantastic food, and offbeat culture, Austin is a top destination to visit for fun-loving travelers. Stay off the beaten path at one of the many welcoming Austin vacation homes, and plan a food- and music-filled getaway.
The Texas capital has a humid subtropical climate, which translates to long, hot summers and brief, mild winters. During the summer months, temperatures often approach 100 degrees, but in the winter months, you can enjoy temperatures in the 60s. The city usually receives the most rain in the late spring and early summer, while July tends to be the driest month.
As soon as you land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you’ll want to pick up a rental car to make sure you don’t miss a single inch of this action-packed city. For those visiting the area without a car, Austin does have a relatively comprehensive rail system and bus network, which both offer convenient options for getting around town during the week. When you’re not pressed for time, enjoy the bike-friendliness of the city as a way to see different parts of Austin. If you plan to stay at one of the more secluded Austin vacation rentals or explore the far reaches of the city, though, you’ll need a car.
Things to Do
Austin has several unique neighborhoods, each one offering something different for visitors to enjoy.
Downtown is the place to be for live music venues, restaurants, and local shopping. Visit the Austin Children’s Museum here and then pop over to see a children’s show at Paramount Theatre, the oldest surviving theater in Austin.
West Austin is home of the Old West Historical District. Made up of three smaller neighborhoods, Old Enfield, Bryker Woods, and Pemberton Heights, this area features many beautiful historic homes.
East Austin is an artistic neighborhood known for its unique shopping and dining options. In November, the annual self-guided East Austin Studio tour is a great way to learn about local artists.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Zilker Park, a 351-acre park offering many activities such as the Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring that averages 68 degrees and beckons to swimmers year-round, and the Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train ride for kids. Rent a canoe or kayak for a trip around Town Lake.
Austin hosts cultural, culinary, and technology events throughout the year, but two stand out as ones that you shouldn’t miss. South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conference and festival that explores the newest and best of music, film and technology. Depending on your interests, you can see fascinating independent films, catch a number of musical performances, and mingle with the stars at parties. SXSW spans multiple weeks in March each year, and event tickets sell out quickly.
For two weekends every fall, the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) takes over Austin’s Zilker Park in the center of the city. ACL features a wide variety of musical styles, including electronic, rock, hip hop, and country. Catch performances at the multiple stages set up throughout the festival, try some of Austin’s best food trucks, and dance away a beautiful fall weekend.
Food & Dining
Austin is best known for its BBQ and tacos, and you’ll find the best of both throughout the city. For some of Austin’s best BBQ, start with local favorite Franklin, which just about always has a line out the door. For mouthwatering fatty brisket and pork spare ribs from a longtime Hill Country institution, make your way to Black’s.
If you’re craving tacos, be sure to try Torchy’s hugely satisfying breakfast tacos with eggs and refried beans, as well as Tacodeli’s inventive cowboy tacos with beef tenderloin and grilled corn. Cool down with barbacoa tacos and cold beer on a funky patio at Paco’s Tacos.
If you’re still hungry, seek out one of Austin’s best food trucks, many of which have semi-permanent locations. East Side King, conveniently found on Austin’s East Side, makes memorable and inventive Thai dishes, while Mrs. P’s Electric Cock fries up some of the city’s best chicken wings and sandwiches. Similar food trucks can be found at Austin Food Park, located in South Congress, while Central Market offers a great variety of dining options as well.
Whether you visit Austin during its sizzling summer or breezy fall, you’re bound to have a great time exploring the Texas capital. Stay at one of the many great Austin vacation homes, and settle into this funky city just like a local.