A Modern City With Southwestern Charm
Deep in the heart of Texas lies a city that calls itself “The Live Music Capital of the World,” where bumper stickers say “Keep Austin Weird,” and more than a million insect-eating bats descend at twilight. University of Texas students thrive on the local music scene, and high-tech companies including Apple, IBM and Samsung provide another nickname, Silicon Hills. In Austin, you'll see well-worn cowboy boots with faded jeans or a business suit.
The city buzzes and hums (loudly) as live rock, country, Western swing, blues and Tejano music blares from honky-tonks and nightclubs in the 6th Street and Warehouse districts where there are plenty of things to do. On the flip side, Austin's symphony and opera appeal to lovers of classical music.
Glass and steel office buildings back Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River popular with rowing teams. Another prized natural asset is 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park, where visitors can cool off in chilly Barton Springs.
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Art devotees will appreciate The Contemporary Austin—Laguna Gloria, the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, while history buffs will cotton to the Texas State Capitol and The Bullock Texas State History Museum. Building up an appetite shouldn't be difficult in this energetic city, and when hunger strikes, you'll find not only the expected Tex-Mex and barbecue, but more sophisticated local restaurants.
Whatever your tastes, there's practically no limit to fun things to do in Austin, a city that's far from ordinary but close to perfect when it comes to having a good ol' time.
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Sales tax in Austin is 8.25 percent. A 15 percent tax is levied on hotel rooms.
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Dell Children’s Medical of Central Texas, (512) 324-0000; St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, (512) 901-1000; St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, (512) 447-2211; Seton Medical Center Austin, (512) 324-1000
602 E. 4th St. Austin, TX 78701. Phone:(512)474-5171 or (866)462-8784
Austin is served by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), about 5 miles southeast of Downtown Austin. Minimum fare for taxis leaving the airport is $12.30 for up to 4 passengers.
Austin is served by major car rental agencies. Arrangements should be made before you leave on your trip; your local AAA club can provide this assistance or additional information. Hertz, (512) 247-7250 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak train service is provided out of Austin Station at 250 N. Lamar Blvd.; phone (800) 872-7245. Austin is a stop on Amtrak's route known as “The Texas Eagle,” which connects Chicago with San Antonio.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (512) 458-3823 or (800) 231-2222, is at 916 E. Koenig Ln.
Taxi companies serving Austin include ATX Co Op (512) 333-5555, Austin Cab (512) 478-2222, Lone Star Cab (512) 836-4900 and Yellow Cab (512) 452-9999.
Bus and rail service is provided by Capital Metro; phone (512) 474-1200 for information on routes and schedules.