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Austin Texas serves as the Texas State Capitol, located in Central Texas between San Antonio and Dallas It’s also a wildly popular tourist destination, with just shy of 20 million visitors making their way to the city every year. International and out-of-state visitors generally opt to fly into the city, with Austin-Bergstorm International Airport (AUS) serving as the main gateway. The airport offers flights across North America and as far away as London, England. Visitors looking to see the wilds of Texas as part of their vacation should choose an alternative airport in San Antonio, Houston or Dallas and make the scenic drive to Austin. I-35 serves the city from Dallas in the north and San Antonio in the south, while I-10 is the major east-west route. Austin is home to a wide array of museums and cultural attractions. History buffs looking to get their fill should check out the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. Meanwhile, the likes of the Blanton Museum of Art and Mexic-Arte Museum will appeal to art lovers. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, music rules the roost in this part of Texas. From supermarkets to cafés, parks to bars, wherever they go in the city, visitors are treated to live music. The city is home to a vast number of live music venues, many of which can be found on 6th Street. Austin also hosts the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) and Austin City Limits festival. Both are amongst the most popular music festivals in the world, and turn the city to a throbbing pulse of music. SXSW is usually held in March, and also features a film festival and other attractions. Austin City Limits is held in October. Music lovers must visit the city when these festivals are on. Perhaps the city’s greatest lure though is its wide open green spaces. Visitors to the city will find no shortage of fresh air and picturesque scenery at the likes of McKinney Falls State Park, hippie Hollow Park, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Zilker Park serves as the city’s major public park though, housing a wide range of activities and attractions. austin texasEnergetic visitors can bike through the park or hit one of its lakes for a kayaking session. Flower lovers can visit the park’s botanical gardens, which is awash with color from spring to fall. Meanwhile, Baton Springs Pool is a great place to take a dip. As you walk around the park be sure to take note of the moonlight towers. Once common in cities across the country, these are thought to be the only remaining moonlight towers in the U.S. Other popular destinations in the city include the State Capitol Building, Austin Zoo, Austin Aquarium, Hyde Park Theatre and the Deep Eddy Pool. The latter is the oldest swimming pool in Texas. For a truly awe-inspiring sight, head out after dark and witness the thousands of bats that reside in the city between spring and fall. Austin serves as a year round tourist destination, in theory at least. Visitors planning a summer vacation may find temperatures to be overbearing, which makes for a rough holiday. Most travelers opt to visit March-May or September-November, when the heat and humidity are much more manageable.

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