Originally called Waterloo, this city was renamed to honor Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.” Today, the city bills itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Austin has more than 250 live music venues. Major music events include the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive conferences in March and the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.
Other events include the Austin Marathon in February; Austin Food + Wine Festival and the Moonlight Tower Comedy Festival in April; Austin Film Festival in October; Fun, Fun, Fun Fest and Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in November; and the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in December.
The city has thousands of acres of parkland, many offer hike and bike trails, as well as mountain biking trails. There also are opportunities for paddling, boating, and fishing.
Tours are available by cycle, train, Segway, horse-drawn carriage, water or on foot. (www.austintexas.org)
Austin is a starting point for the Presidential Corridor via U.S. 290, then Texas 21 to Texas 6 connecting the George Bush Presidential Library and with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
602 E. Fourth St.