Austin Travel Guide
Austin Skyline © Ed Schipul
Capital of Texas, the city of Austin lies
almost in the centre of the state, a big city with a small-town
feel, young population, casual lifestyle and a big reputation for
live music shows. Home of the University of Texas campus, Austin
life is closely entwined with the energy and enthusiasm of its
Young people are drawn here by the array of
concerts that are held frequently around the shores of Town Lake.
Most famous of these events is the annual South by Southwest music
festival-conference held every March. Visitors wanting to tune in
to Austin's live musical repertoire, which spans everything from
blues to country to reggae, simply have to drift down the famous
Sixth Street strip of pubs and clubs any night of the week.
Austin's laidback attitude lends itself to
the great outdoors, and the city has miles of hiking and biking
trails linking parks, preserves and greenbelts adding to the
ambience of its leafy streets. On top of this, the city has been a
state capital since 1838 and makes sure not to ignore its history,
such as that captured in the grand Texas State Capitol, the Bullock
Museum and the Austin History Center.