Looking for a trending new city to explore? Consider Austin, Texas, one of the fastest growing large cities in the country and U.S. News & World Report's #1 place to live in the U.S. for the past two years running.
The self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World" is home to many students, artists and musicians, along with a booming tech industry, and a classic Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex food scene. Despite its growth, Austin seeks to maintain its eccentric local vibe, with plenty of independent businesses and a strong commitment to the local environment. Austin hosts numerous festivals throughout the year and boasts more music venues per capita than any other city in the U.S. The list of local attractions also includes extensive theaters, museums, and outdoor spaces like parks, lakes and waterways.
Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Minneapolis and Austin. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind.
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Flight deals to Austin
The cheapest flights between Minneapolis and Austin are if you leave on June 7 and return from Texas on June 10. Sun Country Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $157.
Sun Country Airlines also has tickets at that price point in April. If you fly out of Minneapolis on April 8 and return from Austin on April 12, Sun Country Airlines can get you there and back for $157 roundtrip.
Top Austin hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of Austin’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.
The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt (604 Brazos St.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Driskill - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129.
The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave.)
There's also the 4.8-star rated The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Rooms are currently set at $129/night.
The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)
A pricier alternative is The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.
Featured Austin restaurants
If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Austin's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.
Uchi (801 S. Lamar Blvd.)
One of Austin's most popular restaurants is Uchi, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 104 reviews on Skyscanner.
"This spot serves amazing sushi!" wrote visitor Katie.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)
Another popular dining destination is the Hopdoddy Burger Bar, with 4.7 stars from 127 reviews.
"This place is popular so there may be a line, but it moves pretty fast and is totally worth it," wrote Wendy.
Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)
Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza, with 4.7 stars from 122 reviews.
"Whether you're into spinach pizza or traditional cheese, this place is funky and fun," wrote Tiffany.
What to see and do in Austin
Not sure what to do in Austin, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)
First up is the Barton Springs Pool. It checks in with 4.8 stars from 342 reviews.
The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks provide plenty of space for sunbathing. Diving boards, concession stands and restroom facilities are also available.
"A must-visit in Austin, especially in the summer," wrote visitor Nici.
Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)
Then, there's the Zilker Metropolitan Park. It has 4.8 stars out of 269 reviews on Skyscanner.
Check out the hiking and bike trails, picnic facilities, canoe rentals, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts and more.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (Lady Bird Lake)
Finally, consider checking out the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. The attraction has 4.9 stars from 183 reviews.
"This is a wonderful body of water in the center of the city," wrote visitor Nici.
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