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Austin is not only the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World", but it also happens to be the Texas state capital which makes it rich with history and heritage. The city is a hub for outdoor activities, ranging from biking to hiking, swimming to boating, mountain climbing, and more. Time well spent in Austin will be filled with vibrant entertainment, legendary nightlife, art, culture, and a wide array of cuisine options.

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Austin’s music scene is off the charts! There are hundreds of live music venues, with the greatest concentration of venues downtown near Sixth Street, but it doesn’t stop there – talent can be seen and heard all over Austin, with musicians performing anywhere from concert halls to clubs, coffeehouses to taquerias, festivals to sporting events, honky-tonks and more.

The city is also known for its great outdoors, offering various recreational opportunities within Zilker Metropolitan Park, including hiking and biking trails, swimming holes and lakes perfect for paddling and kayaking, and more than 300 sport climbing routes within the nearby Reimers Ranch Park for those who enjoy climbing and bouldering. With an average temperature of 68 degrees and 300 days of sunshine, visitors feel inspired to be active and spend more time outside. This makes Austin a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts, often recognized as one of the country's fittest cities.

The history of Austin can be admired through various architecture, monuments, and museums throughout the city. As well as legendary spots such as Barton Springs Pool fed from underground springs once believed to have spiritual healing powers, and The Broken Spoke, an authentic honky-tonk where Dolly Parton, George Strait, and Willie Nelson have performed.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at http://travel.gc.ca. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at http://travel.gc.ca.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 30° to 32°
October through April: 28° to 27°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Central Daylight Time

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Top Experiences

  • Barton Springs Pool : A three-acre pool within Zilker Metropolitan Park fed by underground springs once believed to have spiritual healing powers – it is often referred to as the soul of Austin and is a great place to cool off in the middle of the city.

  • Sixth Street : Here you will find countless bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Some of the most famous attractions are Esther’s Follies where you can enjoy a comedy and magic show, and the Blind Pig Pub where you can listen to local bands on a rooftop patio overlooking the downtown skyline.

  • The Broken Spoke : If you want to do the Texas two-step, this dance hall is the place to go – internationally known as an authentic honky-tonk, it features a room full of country music memorabilia.

  • The State Capitol : One of the most important landmarks in Austin – it can get crowded, but there is no fee to explore the capital which makes it a great place to stop to learn more about Austin.

  • Zilker Metropolitan Park : A 350-acre park located across the river from downtown Austin, where you can enjoy a bit of nature and or exercise, this park includes athletic fields, swimming holes and plenty of space to walk around or sit down for a picnic.

  • Austin Nature and Science Center’s Dino Pit : An outdoor paleontology exhibit within Zilker Metropolitan Park, designed to give visitors a hands-on educational experience.

  • Museum of the Weird : A quirky dime museum filled with oddities, meaning you can never be entirely sure what's real and what's not! Featuring the cyclops pig, the hand of glory, a two-headed chicken, shrunken heads, the feejee mermaid, and more.

  • Pangea Lounge : Located on East Sixth Street, known for being one of the best places to eat in Austin due to the large variety of ever-changing food truck options.

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