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Known as the live music centre not only of the States, but of the World, Austin Texas is a sure fire stop to get your groove on, boogie with the locals and get down and out with country, jazz and rock 'n' roll! Home to a host of music venues across the city and vibrant quarters such as Rainey Street, this is the place dive into some classic Southern culture and see a whole other side to the U S of A. So, get your dancing shoes at the ready, and let Austin take you by storm!

Top things to do in Austin

  • Texas State Capitol
    You know that saying of everything is bigger in Texas? Well you will when you visit the Texas State Capitol. Built in 1888, this historical building offers daily tours and can teach you everything you need to know about the history of Texas.
  • Museums & Theatres
    Texas is all about the culture and history, so why not pay a visit to some of the many free museums available? Learn about history, art and music! There's a even a toilet seat museum (if you're feeling adventurous) or you could just visit the Blanton museum of art which is one of the largest university museums in the US.
  • Rainey Street
    Being the music capital of the world means you've got to hit the bars for a good time and epic music! Rainey Street located in downtown Austin and is well known for its trendy bars and restaurants.

Getting There

With direct flights available from the UK to Austin it's an easy ride over! And with our student and youth fares you can make sure you save a few bob, perfect for putting towards your time in the city! Search for cheap flights to Austin now or get in touch with our Travel Experts for more information.
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Austin hotels from $65pppn

Here at STA Travel we can hook you up with a range of accommodation in Austin, from retro out-of-town lodges to a city-centre luxury boutique hotels. Chat to our experts today to find your perfect Austin hideaway!

Austin Accommodation - Our Top Pick

Hotel Van Zandt

Rainey Street District

4* From $199pppn
  • This Texan charmer invites you to try it's local craft beer, authentic Southern Cuisine and shimmering swimming pool
  • All rooms come with fluffy robes and 24-hour rooms service
  • This hotel offers you a front row seat to all the action of Rainey Street

All American Adventures

Austin without a doubt has enough going for it to be a trip in itself, but if you have a little more time on your hands, why not explore further afield too? Bring in Austin as part of a longer trip or join fellow travellers on a group adventure! Cross the States on a coast to coast escapade, get off the beaten track and seek out the true soul of the Deep South. Check out a few of our favourites here!
Coast to Coast Road Trip
Starting in San Francisco this ultimate US road trip swings south towards Austin and New Orleans and back up the other side, offering you an all embracing American adventure! From jaw dropping national parks and cowboy country to bustling cities and thriving music joints, discover the vast diversity of the USA on this epic 23 day trip!
Boot, Scoot 'N' Blues
Explore Austin’s vibing music scene, cook up some classic gumbo in New Orleans and visit the home of the King at Graceland on this fun-filled tour of the Deep South.
Southern Cross Country Westbound
From the Big Apple cruise down south and cross country on this all encompassing American sojourn where you'll be catapulted into every shade of US culture! From the heights of the Appalachian mountains to the depths of the Grand Canyon; the neon lights of Vegas to the rock 'n' roll hangouts of Austin, this is one slam dunk of an American road trip!


Check out more of the music scene of Southern USA!