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What we love about Austin

A big Southern city that prides itself on ‘keeping Austin weird’, Texas’ capital and fourth largest city combines high tech industry with a fierce independent spirit.

A true hub for live music and unconventional art, it’s no surprise that Austin is one of America’s fastest growing cities and one of the most interesting places to visit in the United States. This is a city that sets out to surprise you!

Despite being home to countless high tech companies which earned the city the nickname ‘Silicon Hills’ in the 1990s, Austin is a city that considers itself to be something of a maverick. The ‘keep Austin weird’ initiative is an unofficial one, but is hugely popular within the city.

Thankfully Austinites don’t mean ‘weird’ in the conventional sense, but a desire to celebrate the city’s eccentric nature and diversity, whilst supporting local people and businesses – a great example of this is the popularity of the city’s SoCo shopping district on South Congress Avenue which is home to countless quirky coffee shops, unusual shops and food stalls.

If there is one aspect to Austin that genuinely is ‘weird’, it’s the role that live music plays in the city – partly due to the success of PBS’ live music TV show ‘Austin City Limits’. Per capita, Austin has more live music venues than anywhere else in the United States. Centred around 6th Street’s countless small bars and nightclubs, live music can be heard all over the city. Indeed, Austin has become something of a festival town with the aforementioned TV show’s annual three day festival in Ziker Park and the urban/punk Fun Fun Fun Fest held in Auditorium Shores.

Austin isn’t only about music though. Live theatre and filmmaking are also huge draws for visitors to the city. The Austin Film Festival attracts big names each year whilst the growing influence Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas, Austin is helping more and more films be made in the city – many of which are premiered at the Paramount, a historical movie theatre in Downtown.

For lovers of live performance, Austin is hope to dozens of professional and semi-professional theatre companies. Performing their work at live performance venues such as the Zachary Scott Theatre Centre and the Hyde Park Theatre, Austin makes it easy to see anything from a cutting edge one-man show to a major Shakespeare production. If you just fancy a good laugh, Austin also features a well-developed improve scene centred around small clubs and theatres such as The Hideout and New Movement Theatre.

Of course, there’s plenty of more traditional things to do in Austin – such as visit the city’s excellent symphony orchestra – but when there’s so much fun to be had just getting lost in the city itself, why not just go weird? 

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Americas Best Value Inn

Americas Best Value Inn

909 E Koenig Ln, Austin
of 5, from 579 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Elisabet Ney Museum and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from LBJ Presidential Library. Thinkery and Hyde Park Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

La Quinta Inn Austin South / Interstate Highway 35

La Quinta Inn Austin South / Interstate Highway 35

4200 I-35 South, Austin
of 5, from 299 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this motel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from St. Edward's University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Governor's Mansion and Texas State Capitol. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and Blanton Museum of Art are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Drury Inn & Suites Austin North

Drury Inn & Suites Austin North

6711 I 35 North, Austin
of 5, from 235 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Elisabet Ney Museum, Thinkery, and Hyde Park Theatre. Norris Conference Centers is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin

Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin

3401 South I-35, Austin
of 5, from 989 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This contemporary hotel is located near from downtown Austin, less than 4 miles from the 6th Street entertainment district and the University of Texas. The Circuit of the Americas racetrack is 20 minutes away.

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown

9121 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin
of 5, from 360 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Austin, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of North Cross Mall, LBJ Presidential Library, and Norris Conference Centers. Thinkery and Elisabet Ney Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown

300 E 11th St, Austin
of 5, from 493 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Austin hotel is 2 blocks from the Texas State Capitol and 6 blocks from Symphony Square.

La Quinta Inn Austin North

La Quinta Inn Austin North

7622 I-35 North, Austin
of 5, from 145 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of North Cross Mall, Norris Conference Centers, and Elisabet Ney Museum. LBJ Presidential Library and University of Texas at Austin are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Archer Hotel Austin

Archer Hotel Austin

3121 Palm Way, Austin
of 5, from 104 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Austin, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from The Domain and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from St. David's North Austin Medical Center. North Cross Mall and Norris Conference Centers are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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