About Austin

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas, as well as the seat and largest city of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. Incorporated on December 27, 1839, it is the 11th-most populous city in the United States, the fourth-most-populous city in Texas, the second-most-populous state capital city after Phoenix, Arizona, and the most populous state capital that is not also the most populous city in its state. It has been one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States since 2010. The Greater Austin and Greater San Antonio areas are separated from each other by approximately 80 miles (129 km) along Interstate 35. It is anticipated that both regions may form a new metroplex similar to Dallas and Fort Worth. Austin is the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States and is considered a "Beta −" global city as categorized by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

As of the 2020 census, Austin had a population of 961,855, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of July 1, 2020, roughly 84% increase from the year 2000. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.

Austin, Travis County and Williamson County have been the site of human ha

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Things To Do In Austin

Double Decker Austin Single Loop Sightseeing Tour
Double Decker Austin Single Loop Sightseeing Tour
from: $34

Learn all about Austin and its rich history while enjoying an awesome view of the city from the top of a double-decker bus. You get the best views of Austin from our unobstructed upper deck, making this the best tour for taking photographs. People on the street also love to interact with people on the upper deck! For your comfort, the lower deck is climate-controlled. This tour passes by more downtown attractions than any other Austin tour. Every tour has a driver and tour guide with absolutely no audio recordings. Enjoy your Austin experience much more by interacting with our guides, whose sole focus is making your experience fun and interesting. This is a single loop tour in which you stay on the bus for the duration of the tour, which will last about 75 to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic. You tour will conclude when you get back to Stop #1 at the Austin Visitor Center.

Austin Downtown Walking Tasting Tour with Secret Food Tours
Austin Downtown Walking Tasting Tour with Secret Food Tours
from: $88

On our Secret Food Tour: Austin, let our guides and your stomach lead you through the busy streets of Downtown Austin for an urban gastronomy experience in the central and historic area of the live music capital of the world. You'll try numerous foods, from our famous BBQ brisket to banana-leaf-wrapped tamales that have remained virtually unchanged since 5000 B.C., plus lots more. Don’t forget our Secret Dish as well!

From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle
From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle
from: $60

Searching for an affordable and fun way to get out to the famous Salt Lick BBQ and two (2) beautiful Texas Hill Country wineries? Look no further! This Hill Country BBQ and Wine Shuttle is great for solo travelers, couples, and small groups. The shuttle departs from the Austin Visitor Center at 10:30AM and heads out to the Driftwood area of the Texas Hill Country approx. 35-45 minutes southwest of Austin. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter van with a friendly local guide. Spend 45-50 minutes at each stop. Food/drinks not included in the shuttle price; guests pay directly at the restaurant and wineries.

Private Lake Austin Boat Cruise - Full Sun Shading Available
Private Lake Austin Boat Cruise - Full Sun Shading Available
from: $465

Come experience the beauty of Lake Austin on a private, partially guided pontoon boat cruise equipped with a foldable dual canopy for optional full sun shading! Located just minutes from Downtown, Lake Austin offers 22 miles of great sightseeing views, including waterfront and cliffside homes and popular shoreside restaurants. Unique to Lake Austin is its clear, constant-level water and intimate setting, making for the most beautiful scenery for pictures & social media-worthy photos with the iconic Pennybacker Bridge. You may even catch sight of Austin's own professional wake surfing phenoms Ashley Kidd and Raleigh Hager. Reserve the boat for up to 12 people for 2 hours & enjoy fun times on the lake. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an upcoming wedding, graduation, birthday or just want some quality family time - this is the perfect option. Included is the boat rental, a Wake Riderz boat captain and use of an Aqua Lily Pad should you decide to enjoy the water!

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