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 Baltimore 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. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest Austin flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Baltimore and Austin are if you leave on June 22 and return from Texas on June 26. Spirit Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $152.
Spirit Airlines also has tickets at that price point in September as well. If you fly out of Baltimore on Sept. 4 and return from Austin on Sept. 7, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $152 roundtrip.
Top Austin hotels
Regarding where to 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.)
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 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 Sixth Street 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.
Located on the south side of the UT campus, the AT&T Education and Conference center offers luxury hotel amenities and full conference center facilities. Restaurants include both fine dining options, as well as casual fare.
The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)
If you're looking to treat yourself, try The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.
Featured Austin restaurants
Austin has plenty of topnotch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.
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. Combining local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe is the basis for Uchi's culinary philosophy.
"Amazing sushi, " wrote visitor Katie. "It's up there against anything you'll have in San Francisco, NYC 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 reviewer Helena. "It was the number one thing to do while visiting Austin. The pork ribs had very good dry rub for seasoning and were nice and tender. Have fun and enjoy the meat."
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)
Also worth considering is Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
"Ahi Tuna Burger. Handmade buns," wrote Wendy. "This place is popular, so there may be a line but it moves pretty fast and is totally worth it."
Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)
Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza.
Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-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.
Top Austin attractions
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 Barton Springs Pool.
As one of Austin's finest attractions, Barton Springs Pool is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days or even the cool ones. Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Farenheit year 'round, you will enjoy a 100% natural swimming experience with no chlorine.
"A must visit within Austin, especially in the summer, " wrote visitor Nici. "You can swim laps, jump off a diving board, bring a float and just relax in the always cool water. Then lay out on the hill in the sun to warm up and repeat."
Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)
Then, there's Zilker Metropolitan Park.
The park features a variety of activities, like the hiking and bike trails, picnic areas, the Zilker Botanical Garden, soccer fields and more.
"A great place to take a break from the bustling downtown, " wrote visitor Tyson. "Large open space make this a great place to play soccer or frisbee."
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (Lady Bird Lake)
Finally, consider checking out Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.
"A wonderful body of water in the center of the city, " wrote visitor Nici.
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