Flights to Austin
The capital city of Texas, and fourth largest city in the state, is Austin. Known for being a safe and attractive destination, Austin is frequently ranked as one of the best places to live in the USA. This vibrant city has the nickname Live Music Capital of the World, as there’s always something music related going on here!
The Austin Bergstrom International Airport (airport code: AUS) is 10 kilometres (6 miles) southeast of the city. There is easy access to the downtown core from the airport, by bus, taxi or shuttle service. Flights to Austin usually require 2 stops, except with Delta Airlines whose route involves one transfer in Atlanta. Other airlines offering flights to Austin include British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, with both carriers following the same route through London Heathrow and then Houston. South African Airways also transfers in London, but the second connection for that airline is in Toronto, Canada.
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The Tourist Attractions in Austin:
Austin may be only the fourth largest city in Texas, but it’s still huge! Many visitors to the city will just touch on the surface and only be able to experience the main attractions. Whatever time of year you visit Austin you’ll find a multitude of festivals, performances and more to enjoy. Here are just a few of the top things to see in Austin…
Texas State Capitol
Being the capital of Texas Austin is home to the state capitol. Like many other state capitols across the country this is an impressive building, topped off with a large dome, and like everything else in Texas the state capitol is large and Texans are certainly proud of the fact that the dome on this capitol is 14 feet taller than the US Capitol in Washington. What also sets this building apart is the attractive subtle pink granite that it is constructed from.
The State Capitol is open 7 days a week and is free to enter. Visitors are given relative freedom of movement throughout, making this somewhat more interesting than other state capitols.
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Texas State History Museum is a relatively new addition to Austin’s museums. Focusing on history, this museum has a modern slant with interactive displays and multimedia, hence making it more appealing to the younger generation.
University of Texas at Austin
To some tourists, visiting a university campus may not sound very appealing, but the University of Texas at Austin is a lovely campus with a number of attractions certainly worth stopping by for. The University of Texas Tower is one of the city’s famous landmarks and features great views from the top. There are set tours so you will need to arrange a tour in advance. Other attractions include the Blanton Art Museum and the Texas Memorial Museum of Science and Technology.
Bats aren’t usually considered to be a tourist attraction yet a huge colony of bats lives in Austin during the summer and attracts thousands of visitors each year to watch them as they take flight at dusk. The colony of Mexican free-tailed bats lives under the Ann W Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.
Parks and Outdoor Attractions in Austin
Amongst Austin’s other attractions include the Austin Zoo which is dedicated to caring for abused or displaced animals. Parks include the weird Hippie Hollow, a county park where clothing is optional!
When Should You Visit?:
Austin is actually a great city to visit at any time of the year with its humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid while winters are mild and dry. May is the wettest month and severe thunderstorms are common in the spring too.