Austin City Guide
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Austin has a unique blend of metropolitan & small town, culture and cowboy. Austin is the state capital, home to one of the largest universities in the country and the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world. Austin has a number of different neighborhoods that each have their own style.
Downtown Austin is still where most of the citys action occurs. Downtown actually has two distinct faces. During the day, the area is a flurry of business and commerce. After hours, the lights come on and the area becomes a night time playground and musical oasis. Austins 6th street is Texas answer to Bourbon Street. Its filled with its own live music and unique bars and eateries. From dance clubs like Paradox and Bob Popular to more established bars like Fado's, Logan's, and the Gingerman, theres something for everyone. Holidays like Halloween add to the fun. Each year 200,000 people parade down 6th street displaying some very unusual costumes. In the adjacent warehouse district on 4th and 5th Streets, young professionals sit outside at Cedar Street or sample micro-brews at the Copper Tank. Theres also more live music at Stubb's, La Zona Rosa, Austin City Music Hall and the well-known Antone's. The State Capital on Congress is also located in this area.
Farther north, the University of Texas accounts for a large part of the citys population. South Austin and downtown there is a group of bats, one million strong, that flies from under the Congress bridge each night. Its quite a sight.
The west side of Austin features several lakes which provide lush scenery, fabulous views and a myriad of water sports. Along Lake Austin is a strip of establishments that provide a beautiful view and some tasty food. Some even have piers on the lake where local boaters dock. Further West, youll meet the largest lake in the area, Lake Travis. During the day, a number of resorts provide a water sports, tennis and golf. At dusk, slide up to The Oasis, Carlos & Charlies, the Iguna Grill and others for great food and spectacular views.
South Austin has some special sites of its own. On Barton Springs Road is a strip of several restaurants and music venues including Shady Grove and the famous Chuys Tex-Mex. A few miles farther is the largest park in Austin, Zilker Park, which includes the naturally occurring Barton Springs swimming pool, Zilker Hillside Theater, and a number of sports facilities and hiking trails.
To the north, Austin supplies the city with a number of growing suburban neighborhoods and shopping areas. Visit the Arboretum where some of the finest shops in the city can be found. If you have the opportunity, take a drive along Highway 360 and experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas.
As Austin grows, so do the suburbs and outlying areas. North of Austin are growing suburbs like Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville and Leander/Cedar Park. Many national companies have made a home in Austin, like Dell, Motorola and Sematech in an area some refer to as The Silicon Prairie. To escape from business, many leave home to enjoy the number of resorts /getaways in the Highland Lakes area.
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