Wacky, weird and always entertaining, Austin, TX is a beloved destination for those who want to get far away from the ordinary. In Austin, it’s always a “great day to be alive”, and the vibrant community here welcomes all comers to be a part of the fun.
A home for the offbeat and eccentric, the SoCo district is where foodies flock, and people watching is always at its prime. The area is abuzz with arts and culture, boutiques and antiques and all manner of kitschy shopping oddities. Live music and entertainment is a fixture and several well-known musicians have either graced the strip or launched their careers here. In fact, Austin is home to some of the country’s most famous and well-attended music and technology festivals, including South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. And don’t forget the recent opening of North America’s only F1 racing track, which sponsors events throughout the year
When you stay in a downtown Austin hotel, you’re within walking distance of the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trails, a network of gorgeous pathways with a serenity that can make you forget that you’re just a stone’s throw from an urban landscape. When the sun starts to set, don’t miss the spooky display of hundreds of bats whirling into the sky from below Congress Avenue Bridge
The State Capitol’s impressive architecture and beautiful grounds is well worth a stroll, as is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center -- home to colorful flora that are seemingly always in bloom. Enchanting sculptures and lush greenery are yours to enjoy at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, and you’ll find more eye-pleasing artwork at the Blanton Museum of Art. Learn why everything is bigger in Texas at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, a surprisingly vast collection of historical artifacts and engrossing stories. To see more of the Austin’s weird side, stop by the Cathedral of Junk, a local landmark that is exactly as peculiar as it sounds.
Come nightfall, party with the locals on 6th street where you’ll find clubs and pubs all vying for your attention -- and your dance moves. Tip a pint, meet a local and enjoy live music that will have your toes tapping long after you’ve left.
While Austin might be full of unexpected surprises, you can trust that you’ll receive the very best in comfort and accommodation at one of our IHG hotels in Austin. With locations near the city’s best attractions, you’ll always be just a minute or two away from a new eyebrow-raising experience.