Spending Time in Austin

12_austin-skyline-sunset1The city of Austin is situated in the heart of Texas, on the banks of the Colorado River, and has been the capital of the state since the 19th century. Austin is surrounded by green hills and large lakes and is also renowned for its live music scene. It’s a vibrant and diverse city that prides itself as being an alternative to conservative Texas, and it also boasts of a large student population.

Austin Bergstrom International Airport, located just eight miles from the city, is connected to over 30 destinations across the US. The airport is also well-connected to downtown Austin, with taxis, buses, shuttles and limousines vying for passengers.

Those traveling to Austin overland can reach the city by both bus and train. Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains connect Austin with other major cities across the country, with the railway running from San Antonio to Chicago in the north. Greyhound operates an excellent schedule of buses, which interlink almost every city in the US.

The relaxed perspective on life here has long been a major draw card for tourists, who visit Austin to enjoy the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The city center is famou for Zilker Park and the Barton Springs Pool, a wonderful natural recreation area in the heart of the city. One of the more unusual tourist attractions is the huge bat colony under the Austin Congress Avenue Bridge. The bats emerge every evening, filling the skies as they go in search of food.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a popular attraction for those interested in the flora and fauna, especially children, with several nature trails available for exploration. The University of Texas also has its own beautiful walks. The city is more commonly visited for its museums. Checking out the city’s many interesting and informative museums is also a great way to get a feel for the history and culture of Texas.