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Austin is the capital of Texas and, as such, is awash in cultural and historical institutions. The city’s downtown area alone has the Texas State Capitol that sits on 22 acres of grounds, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and historic Caswell House. Outside of the downtown district are revered attractions like the LBJ Presidential Library, Blanton Museum of Art, and HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Austin is also known for seamlessly incorporating natural space in an urban setting and the region has over 29,000 acres of parks.
Austin Restaurants and Nightlife
Rapid growth has led to a food renaissance in the capital city. Once primarily known for Texas BBQ, Austinites can now expect a range of fares. Breakfast for dinner fans will love the classic feel at The Frisco, serving up some of the best comfort food since 1953. Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and you can see where it all started at Threadgill’s, a refurbished gas station and the recipient of the first beer license at the end of Prohibition in 1933. The city’s food trucks are also legendary, found in nooks and crannies throughout and with offerings ranging from American to Mexican to Thai.
South Congress Street is a popular location for quick casual meals on patios, while Rainey Street is a brunchers paradise, with live music emanating from every direction in refurbished historical homes. East 6th street is where locals and tourists flock to dance the night away.
Austin is typically viewed as being an arts-centric town, but it’s status as the state’s capital lends it a rich history and various cultural institutions. In addition to the city’s bountiful museums, Austin hosts the Millett Opera House. Live performance fans will have plenty of options including the Austin Playhouse, Zach Theater, and performances by Austin Shakespeare Company.
Austin is a car-centric city and its rapid growth has led to a surge in traffic. Interstate 35 bisects the city and makes getting around the area simple and convenient. Public transportation is provided by Capital Metropolitan Transportations Authority, providing bus, rail, and paratransit services to the city and surrounding suburbs in Travis and Williamson counties. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located ten miles outside of downtown and is also accessible via public transportation.