Fiscal city guide: Austin, Texas

South By Southwest
South By Southwest

Located in the center of Texas, Austin is a beautiful southern city known for its vibrant nightlife, live music and growing community of young professionals.

Also serving as the state's capital, Austin is the 13th most populous city in the United States and the fourth most populous in Texas.

Although the city sees travelers year-round, during this time of the year, Austin hosts its annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival.

Travelers from all over the world have made their way into the city.

In honor of the event, we've compiled a list of affordable hotels and attractions perfect for a trip to Austin.

HOTELS:

Hilton Austin ​

Hilton Austin
Hilton Austin

Address: 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX
Average rate per night: $289

aloft Austin at the Domain

aloft Austin at the Domain
aloft Austin at the Domain

Address: 11601 Domain Drive, Austin, TX
Average rate per night: $189

Best Western Plus Austin city hotel

Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel
Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel

Address: 2200 South I-35, Austin, TX
Average rate per night: $180

Crowne Plaza Austin

Crowne Plaza Austin
Crowne Plaza Austin

Address: 6121 North IH 35, Austin, TX
Average rater per night: $172

Lone Star Court

Lone Star Court in Austin
Lone Star Court in Austin

Address: 10901 Domain Drive, Austin, TX
Average rater per night: $169

BEST MODE OF TRANSPORTATION:

Capitol Metro transit system

Trains
Trains

Single ride: $1.75
10 ride booklet: $17.50
Monthly pass: $46.50

FREE AND CHEAP THINGS TO DO:


Take a tour of the State Capitol

State Capitol, Austin, Texas
State Capitol, Austin, Texas

Price: Free

Hike up Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell Cliff Side Cloudy Morning Amazing View
Mount Bonnell Cliff Side Cloudy Morning Amazing View

Price: Free

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Obit Johnson
Obit Johnson

Price: $10

Take a segway tour around the city

Group of people riding a segway on the city street
Group of people riding a segway on the city street

Price: $79 - $89

Watch -- and play -- the light show at the Liz Carpenter Fountain

Child Playing in an Illuminated Fountain at Night
Child Playing in an Illuminated Fountain at Night

Price: Free

SIGHTS TO SEE:

South Congress Avenue

South Congress Avenue looking to CBD, Austin, TX
South Congress Avenue looking to CBD, Austin, TX

South Congress Avenue, also known as SoCo Ave, is a trendy block in Austin's South Congress neighborhood. The area is known for it's hip bars, boutique shops and delicious restaurants. (Not to mention the abundance of live music venues.)

HOPE outdoor gallery

Local Landmarks
Local Landmarks

As one of the largest outdoor galleries in the United States, the HOPE Outdoor Gallery (HOG) was originally created to serve as a space for muralists, graffiti artists and community groups to display large scale art pieces for a positive cause. However, the HOG quickly earned notoriety and became a popular attraction amongst tourists.

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool, Austin, Texas
Barton Springs Pool, Austin, Texas

Located in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. The large pool is ideal for year-round swimming.

Texas State Cemetery

Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX
Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX

The famous cemetery is known for the many leaders in the state of Texas who have been laid to rest there. It became a staple in the community whenPresident George W. Bush (governor at the time) established a three-member Texas State Cemetery Committee to help the cemetery serve as a tribute to the many fallen Texas leaders.

Congress Avenue Bridge

Tourists and local residents gather on t
Tourists and local residents gather on t

Bat watching is a popular pastime in Austin, particularly at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Every summer night, tourists and locals alike gather to see the world's largest urban bat colony take flight from under the famous bridge.

Enjoy!

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