Travel watch: Greenville to Austin, and back again

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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Greenville to Austin in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.

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Flight deals to Austin

The cheapest flights between Greenville and Austin are if you leave on May 8 and return from Texas on May 12. American Airlines currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $287.

There are also deals to be had later in May. If you fly out of Greenville on May 31 and return from Austin on June 4, American Airlines can get you there and back for $300 roundtrip.

Top Austin hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Austin’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Driskill – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt (604 Brazos St.)

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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.

A landmark in downtown Austin, this hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace for cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill and has since become synonymous with traditional Texas hospitality. Enjoy convenient access to the best of Austin, from the Texas State Capitol and Austin Convention Center to the city’s world famous nightlife scene.  

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, which has rooms for $129/night.

The hotel offers luxury hotel amenities and full conference center facilities, including intimate meeting rooms with arena seating for smart classroom technology.  

The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)

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A pricier alternative is The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.

Featured Austin restaurants

Austin has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Uchi (801 S. Lamar Blvd.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Uchi, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 104 reviews on Skyscanner.

"This place has amazing sushi," wrote visitor Katie. 

Franklin Barbecue (900 E. 11th)

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Another popular dining destination is Franklin Barbecue, with 4.9 stars from 99 reviews.

"The pork ribs had a very good dry rub for seasoning and they were nice and tender," wrote reviewer Helena.  

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Hopdoddy Burger Bar, with 4.7 stars from 127 reviews.

What to see and do in Austin

Not sure what to do in Austin, besides eat and drink? Here are two recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)

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First up is Barton Springs Pool. It checks in with 4.8 stars out of 342 reviews.

"This is a must-visit in Austin, especially in the summer. This natural pool in the center of the city is always 76 degrees with water coming from a natural spring," wrote visitor Nici. 

Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)

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Zilker Metropolitan Park is another popular destination, with 4.8 stars from  269 reviews on Skyscanner.

Patrons will enjoy a huge variety of activities at Zilker Park. You can check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, riverboat rides on Town Lake and more.  

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