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Escape from Jacksonville to Austin on a budget

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By Hoodline - Published on May 30, 2019.

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.

Whether you’re trying to escape ASAP or you’re looking to plan your trip around the future’s cheapest fares, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Jacksonville and Austin, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included popular hotels, restaurants and attractions in Austin, to get you started on planning your ideal get-away. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Austin flights

The cheapest flights between Jacksonville and Austin are if you leave on Aug. 23 and return from Texas on Aug. 26. Spirit Airlines currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $218.

There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Jacksonville on July 5 and return from Austin on July 9, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $220 roundtrip.

Top Austin hotels

To plan your accommodations, 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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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, 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 Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)

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There's also the 4.8-star rated The Hotel Ella, which has rooms for $199/night.

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave.)

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A third option is The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $129/night.

The AT&T Education and Conference Center offers luxury hotel amenities and full conference center facilities, including intimate meeting rooms with arena seating and smart classroom technology.  

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Austin has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

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.

"Amazing sushi!" wrote visitor Katie.  

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)

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Another popular dining destination is the Hopdoddy Burger Bar, with 4.7 stars from 127 reviews.

"This place is popular so there might be a line, but it moves pretty fast and is totally worth it," wrote Wendy.   

Franklin Barbecue (900 E. 11th)

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Also worth considering is the Franklin Barbecue, with 4.9 stars from 100 reviews. 

Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)

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Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza. It has 4.7 stars from 122 reviews.

"Whether you're into spinach pizza or the traditional cheese pie, this place is funky and fun," wrote Tiffany. 

Featured local attractions

To round out your trip, Austin offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are two top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)

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First up is the Barton Springs Pool, with 4.8 stars from 344 reviews.

"A must-visit in Austin, especially in the summer," wrote visitor Nici.  

Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)

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Then, there's the Zilker Metropolitan Park. It has 4.8 stars from 269 reviews. 

Patrons will enjoy a huge variety of activities at Zilker Park. You can check out the hiki and bike trails, picnic facilities, the Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields and more. 


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