The city of Austin in Texas is often referred to as the ‘live music capital of the world’, and rightly so. Since many decades, music is the first thing that comes to minds of people when anyone mentions Austin; and the exciting music scene is still a major factor that draws many visitors to this state capital. However, over time, Austin has become a popular destination for many more attractions like the fascinating museums, shopping options, outdoor activities, and a vibrant nightlife. With natural beauty and other attractions alike, Austin has something to offer for everyone. While no one can take away the beauty of a long holiday that you can spend exploring a place, short breaks to Austin are also a great idea if you do not have a long holiday coming up.
Spending a weekend in Austin will also allow you to get a feel of the city and experience its culture as you explore the various attractions it has on offer. To make it easier for you, we have compiled some tips about how to spend time on your short breaks to Austin so that you can maximize your holiday in this Texan town.
To cater to its visitors, Austin has a number of lodging options, from the inexpensive motels to the luxurious Four Seasons in Downtown. Zero down on an area in the city that would be convenient for you, and book a room there according to your preference and budget for your short breaks to Austin.
We recommend trying out the Austin Motel on South Congress Avenue for a value-for-money stay, as it offers a lovely, comfortable stay with the feel of a retro motel. A favorite for many, this homely motel has been in the business for 77 years and have unique guestrooms that are each designed around a specific theme. Free parking and a swimming pool are added benefits of staying at the Austin Motel. Staying at South Congress also gives you the advantage of being close to numerous stores, restaurants, and music venues in the area—so enjoy your stay at the unique motel and also experience the hip and eclectic neighborhood by simply stepping out.
If music is your thing, then Austin is your place. Known for its thriving music scene, the city is a music lover’s paradise with its numerous music festivals and live musicians playing at almost every location—from the airport to grocery stores to coffeehouses. So no matter where you are in Austin, there is bound to be something or someone playing near you.
The city has more than 250 venues for live music and performances, completely spoiling you for choice. However, the Continental Club on South Congress Avenue and the Broken Spoke are venues you should consider visiting, as these are considered to be among the best in town. Another must-visit place to experience the Austin music scene is Waterloo Records—one of the best independent music stores there. Free in-store performances, an amazing collection of vinyl records and CDs, various events, listening stations, and expert staff make it the perfect place to spend hours while in town.
Apart from the music, another factor that makes Austin a must-visit destination is its food. Among the top barbecue destinations in the world, the city also has a wide range of delicious cuisines on offer that attract tourists and locals alike—burgers, Tex-Mex, steakhouses, food trucks, and fine dining are some of them. When in Austin, forget your diet! Instead, dig into the sumptuous buttermilk pancakes at Magnolia Cafe South, try out the innovative Tex-Mex cuisine at Vivo, and enjoy your favorite pizza and some Sicilian classics at Frank and Angie’s Pizzeria. Finally, bring a sweet end to your meal with the yummy ice creams at Amy’s, a popular ice cream chain in the city.
Another great way to experience the food in Austin is to sign up for the Austin Eats Food Tour, which will take you around some of the best places to eat and drink in the city. You can also go for a tasting tour of the local microbreweries, take a tour of the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery & Tasting Room in Dripping Springs, or simply hit any of the bars on 6th Street if you want to experience the eclectic Austin nightlife while catching up with friends over drinks.
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