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Austin is the capital city of Texas USA and is one of the fasted growing cities in the entire US.  Settlers first moved to the areas near the Colorado River in the 1830s and the battles for independence that followed, were won.  Over the years that followed, the city grew and became known as “The Live Music Capital of the World”.  Austin hosts many festivals and live music performances on a regular basis.  The Austin City Limits Festival and the South by Southwest Music Festival are just two of the top events every year that attract visitors from all around. Thankfully, for those die hard music fans or anyone else wishing to visit Austin on a tight budget, there are a number of really affordable and even cheap hotels in Austin, Texas to choose from when you decide where to stay in Austin, Texas.  By saving on your hotel bill, you can plan to extend your stay or spend more on souvenirs, dining out or attending fun events.

Enjoy nature even when visiting the city

Just because you are visiting a busy city does not mean that it’s all got to be about the concrete jungle.  Austin has plenty of green areas just waiting to be explored and, since the weather here is great for at least most of the year, you can plan on spending most of your time outside. 

The Town Lake is a great spot for relaxing on a row boat or canoe.  You don’t even need to drag your own boat along since there are boats and canoes available for rent!  Make your way just outside of the city and enjoy some fresh air, sun and water.

The Zilker Metropolitan Park is a popular spot for locals and tourists.  It offers sports fields, woodland areas and it is also home to the Barton Springs which have proven popular for fishing and swimming if you enjoy the cool waters.  If you want to make your way around the park but you are feeling too tired to do so on your own steam, hitch a ride on the Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train and let it take you on a scenic tour!

Of course, since you are in Texas, you can’t ignore the strong cowboy theme.  It’s enough to make you want to saddle up, put on your Stetson hat and head out on your sure-footed friend.  Well, you’re in luck because there are a number of riding facilities in the area that will be more than happy to accommodate your wild west wishes!

Unique sights in Austin and fantastic shopping

The Cathedral of Junk is a really unique place to visit in Austin and it can be a real eye opener.  Not to mention a creative trigger!  One man took the time to collect all sorts of otherwise useless items and created what many see as an interactive masterpiece.  Visitors can climb the cathedral structure, slide back down and sit on the “throne” among other things.  There’s heaps to see here and it’s worth taking your time rather than rushing through.

There are also plenty of shops to explore throughout the city of Austin.  Clarksville District is great for shopping and eating.  You will find organic food markets and the perfect healthy snacks for the rest of your trip.

The Central Market focusses on food items and, for those who love trying new dishes, this is the place to go and explore various delicacies from near and far.

The Domain is great for mainstream shopping with over 100 stores to visit and the fact that if feels like it’s set in a park makes it that much more fun.

The city is filled with old structures, museums and the evening brings out all the local live performers.  Day and night, there is no way that visitors could ever get bored in this fine city!