Home to iconic cuisine, spectacular outdoor adventures, and world-renown culture and entertainment.
The Great Outdoors
It’s difficult to grasp that something so gorgeous can be located only minutes from downtown. There are many hiking trails in Austin, but the Barton Creek Greenbelt is so beloved that locals commonly refer to it simply as ‘The Greenbelt’. Located in south Austin, the Barton Creek Greenbelt has over 12 miles of awe-inspiring trails, with the main hike spanning close to 7 miles. This particular greenbelt is considered one of the top hiking trails in the whole of Texas. We also encourage you to explore Lady Bird Lake, where you can stroll around the perimeter or jump in and get wet in a kayak or paddle board. And don’t forget your sunscreen - Texas has no shortage of clear skies.
Entertainment and Nightlife
You might be surprised to find yourself entertained with live music as you walk through Austin's airport for the first time, but you shouldn't be. Austin has earned the title of Live Music Capital of the World and is home to some of the largest music events and festivals ever, including South by Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. In fact, CitizenCon is scheduled right in the middle of this year’s back-to-back weekend ACL Festival. With more than 250 live music venues, you’ll find no shortage of live music when exploring the downtown streets. With ACL taking place around the same time as CitizenCon, you never know who you might just stumble upon. This is the stomping grounds where Stevie Ray Vaughan cut his proverbial teeth after all.
Looking to kick it old school and scratch that gaming itch while you’re in town? Visit one of three Pinballz Arcade locations, housing over 150 pinball machines and a variety of electronic gaming options, both vintage and cutting-edge. And remember this local pro tip: the original location has a BYOB policy!
Austin is also home to a vibrant night-life. When the sun goes down, you could find yourself on the historic 6th street and entertainment district, located inside the city's urban core. With the area blocked off for festivities on a weekly basis, 6th street has become a popular spot for those looking to get out and have fun. But, if you’re searching for something a bit more low-key, head over to the Rainey Street Historic District for old bungalows that have been renovated and turned into bars and cocktail lounges with ample backyards and patios.
Everyone knows that you point your compass south when hunting down good BBQ, and Austin is no exception. With people flocking from all over the world to chow down on some of the best smoked meats on the globe.
Here's some of our favorites:
- Terry Black's Barbecue
- Brown's Bar-B-Que
- Franklin Barbecue
- Iron Works Barbecue
- The Salt Lick BBQ
- La Barbecue
*Images courtesy of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Terry Black's Barbecue.