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Known as the live music center not only of the States - but of the World - Austin 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 Texas culture. 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.
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Getting There

With nonstop and direct flights available from many US cities to Austin, getting there has never been easier! And with our student and youth fares you can make sure you save a few bucks, 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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Staying There

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

Tours and activities in Austin

Austin Art Walk

If you enjoy street art and graffiti or know nothing about it, you will LOVE this highly rated tour. Discover parts of East Austin that never made it into a guidebook on the ever-changing street art scene. Whether you're looking for great photo ops, art history, or the inside scoop on local living in Austin, this street art tour will touch on all of these subjects.
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Austin + Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

Experience Austin's urban scene, hip shopping districts and beautiful natural scenery on this sightseeing tour. Check out Lady Bird Lake, the Texas Capitol, the Driskill Hotel and Mayfield Park, and enjoy Instagram-ready views of rolling hills and lakes in Texas Hill Country.
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Austin Craft Beer and Brewery Tour

Brewery tours are the best way to experience Austin's local beer scene. This 4-hour brewery tour in Austin allows you to have the freedom to enjoy multiple local breweries throughout the city. 

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 travelers 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 favorites here!
Kayakers in the river by downtown Austin

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!
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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.
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Southern Cross Country Westbound

From the Big Apple, cruise down south and cross country on this all-encompassing sojourn where you'll be catapulted into every shade of the 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!

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