What is the best area to stay in Austin?
If you want to be central, the best area to stay in Austin is Downtown. In this central business district, you’ll be treated to top restaurants and bars, as well as the vibrant shopping district of 2nd Street. You’ll also be within walking distance of major attractions like the State Capitol building, the Bullock State Texas History Museum and the historic building of the Driskill Hotel. This area is great for the arts, with The Paramount Theatre and the Austin Ballet nearby. There are plenty of transport options, too, with the Downtown and Austin train stations serving the area.
Known as the “music capital” of the US, Austin plays host to two world famous music festivals: South by Southwest, and the Austin City Limits Festival. Aside from these festivals, you’ll always find live music on the street of this small but charismatic city. When you’re not enjoying the entertainment, take the time to visit the whispering gallery of the majestic State Capitol building for a free guided tour. In summer, take a refreshing dip in the natural waters of Barton Springs Pool. Or, why not bike or stroll the trails at Lady Bird Lake? Take a paddleboard out on the water and look back on sweeping views of the city.