As the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin, Texas , is full of nightlife and entertainment, outdoor events and activities, and world-class arts, music, and dining. Each year brings hundreds of concerts and world-famous music festivals, ushered in from the moment you step off the plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. At Blanton Museum and the Harry Ransom Center, you can experience art in other forms, from painting and sculpting to writing, photography, and videography. Known for strange houses and beautiful buildings, architectural tours run year-round featuring the iconic Main Tower at the University of Texas-Austin and the State Capitol Building.
Austin is the southernmost state capital in the U.S. and has had rapid growth and expansion since 2010. It is recognized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as one of 50 “beta-level” cities, providing a link from its economic region to the world economy.
Avid outdoor lovers can partake in paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and other water sports in Austin’s various surrounding lakes: Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Walter E. Long, all located along the Colorado River. Austin has over 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a perfect place to enjoy hiking, walking, and biking along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, McKinney Falls State Park, and Pedernales Falls State Park. Situated on the Interstate 35 corridor, San Antonio is only 80 miles away, and Dallas and Houston are less than a four-hour drive.