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 relatively inexpensive flights between Tampa 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
Currently, the cheapest flights between Tampa and Austin are if you leave on May 21 and return from Texas on May 23. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $77, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Tampa on July 2 and return from Austin on July 4, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $177 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.)
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 legendary hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace for cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill and has since become synonymous with traditional Texas hospitality.
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)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, there's 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.
The restaurant combines local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe. Uchi invites diners to explore their gastronomic boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavors and textures.
"Amazing sushi," wrote visitor Katie. "It's up there against anything you'll have in San Francisco, New York City or elsewhere."
Franklin Barbecue (900 E. 11th)
Another popular dining destination is Franklin Barbecue, with 4.9 stars from 100 reviews.
"All the hype for this all-American meal," wrote Helena. "It was the No. 1 thing to do while visiting Austin."
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)
Also worth considering is the Hopdoddy Burger Bar, with 4.7 stars from 127 reviews.
"I recommend the ahi tuna burger," wrote Wendy.
Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)
Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza, an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic New York-style pizza — by the pie or by the slice.
"Whether you're into spinach pizza or the traditional cheese, this place is funky and fun," wrote Tiffany. "People watch while you wait for your slice."
What to see and do in Austin
To round out your trip, Austin offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)
First up is Barton Springs Pool, with 4.8 stars from 342 reviews.
The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks are perfect 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)
The Zilker Metropolitan Park is another popular destination, with 4.8 stars from 269 reviews.
Patrons will enjoy a variety of activities at Zilker Park. You can check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities along with the Zilker Botanical Garden and more.
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (Lady Bird Lake)
Finally, spend some time at the Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. It has 4.9 stars from 183 reviews.
"This is a wonderful body of water in the center of the city. Paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are the most popular activities on Lady Bird Lake. I suggest trying them at least once," wrote visitor Nici.
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