Austin, the capital of Texas, is a major tourist destination. It's a splendorous city, with plenty of nightlife, entertainment, outdoor activities and cultural options. Music is Austin's national and international calling card.
Austin is also a great base to explore the Hill Country, at its West.
WHAT TO VISIT IN AUSTIN
For music and nightlife, the 6th street (in downtown) and the University of Texas campus are the most popular options.
Austin's downtown and the University of Texas also offer the best cultural and historical attractions: the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Bat Colony, the University of Texas and its Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Austin is also an excellent base to explore Texas Hill Country.
For information on Outdoors and Music:
Texas Music Guide - information on festivals, concerts and music related information
Hill Country Outdoors – Austin outdoor, sport and social club and social events.
BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTIN
Austin is a year-round destination, but Spring and Fall, with their agreeable temperatures, are the best times to visit the city. Most festivals, concerts and music related events are held during the Spring, Summer and Fall months.
Summers are hot and long but humidity levels vary from day to day; violent (though brief) thunderstorms are common. In the Winter season you may face very low temperatures.
HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO AUSTIN
Austin Bergstrom International Airport is just a couple of miles out of downtown.
Most of the inexpensive hotels are out of downtown, near the Airport or North of Brackenridge Park, on Austin Highway.
visiting the hill country & the best months
The Texas Hill Country has a very relaxing environment with truly distinctive features.
Texas Hill Country region?have hundreds of wineries located within the main resorts.
New Braunfels or Fredericksburg are amongst the small beautiful cities of this region.
Cities such as Fredericksburg and New Braunfels are major attractors in the Hill Country.
New Braunfels offers the popular Schlitterbahn waterpark and the Natural Bridge Caverns, with its family oriented set of cavern and adventure tours. New Braunfels also offers plenty of shopping opportunities and several galleries and historic buildings.
Fredericksburg, in the very heart of the Hill Country, has a German architecture and offers places for shopping, historic buildings and museums such as the Pioneer Museum or the National Museum of the Pacific War.
Just sixty miles west of Austin, the Lyndon Johnson State and National Historical Park is also an interesting site to visit for those interested in historical events.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE HILL COUNTRY
Spring and Fall, with their mild temperatures, are the best times to visit the Hill Country. In the spring the hills are covered with colorful wildflowers such as the Indian Paintbrush or the Bluebonnet, and Fall brings intense reds, oranges, greens and yellows to the landscape.
Summer - though a hot and humid season - is also a popular time. You can easily arrange interesting and agreeable water outdoor activities on the many rivers and local lakes.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE HILL COUNTRY
Winter presents very low temperatures and you may want to avoid it.
If you don't want to enjoy lake and river outdoor activities, summer may not be a good time either.
For details on precipitation, temperatures, humidity and other weather variables, see Austin Weather Table, below.
HOTELS, B&B AND FLIGHTS TO THE HILL COUNTRY
There are a lot of inexpensive accomodation in the Hill Country, particularly in the B&B category. Austin Bergstrom International Airport is the major airport serving the region.
B&B options in Fredericksburg:
2 Wee Cottages
Absolute Charm Frederick
Alt Welt Gasthof B&B
Nutt House Historical Hotel
The Cooks Cottage & Suite
Good B&B options in Grandbury and Grand Rose Area
Arbor House and Angel of Lake B&B
North Texas Lodging Reservation
Good B&B options in New Braunfels
Gruene Mansion Inn
Canyon Lake Ranch
MONTHLY WEATHER TABLE, AUSTIN aND THE HILL COUNTRY AREA
For details on precipitation, temperatures, humidity and other weather variables, see Austin Weather data table, below.
Snow is a rare event in Austin and in the Hill Country region (less than 0.08 inches/year, 2mm/year on average).
Lowest precipitation: Summer months.
Months with the most agreable temperatures: May, June, September, October
Months with the highest humidity: June, July, August and Semptember.
Overall best times to visit Austin and the Hill Country: Spring and Autumn months; especially: May (and following 2 weeks of June), September and October (and following 2-3 weeks).
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