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Exploring the best of Austin, with cheap flights from Cincinnati

Exploring the best of Austin, with cheap flights from Cincinnati
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By Hoodline - Published on June 18, 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.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Austin in the next few months, including some popular hotel options and highly reviewed local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Austin

Currently, the cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Austin are if you leave on Aug. 2 and return from Texas on Aug. 5. Allegiant Air currently has tickets for $103, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Cincinnati on July 29 and return from Austin on Aug. 2, Allegiant Air can get you there and back for $105 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.)

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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 legendary hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace for cattle baron Jesse Driskill and has since become synonymous with traditional Texas hospitality.

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

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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 University of Texas campus, the AT&T Education and Conference center offers luxury hotel amenities and full conference center facilities, including intimate meeting rooms with arena seating smart classroom technology. 

The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, try The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.

Local restaurant picks

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.)

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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. "It's up there against anything you'll have in San Francisco, New York City or elsewhere. They don't take reservations and it can get crowded."

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

"Ahi Tuna Burger [and] 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.)

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Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza.

Home Slice Pizza is 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. Try the rice crispy treats."

Top Austin attractions

Austin is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)

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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. 

"A must visit within Austin, especially in the summer," wrote visitor Nici. "This natural pool in the center of the city is provided [with] 76 degree water from a natural spring."

Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)

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Zilker Metropolitan Park is another popular destination.

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

"A great place to take a break from the bustling downtown," wrote visitor Tyson. "The large open space makes this a great place to play soccer or frisbee."

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (Lady Bird Lake)

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Lastly, consider checking out Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

"Paddle boarding and kayak/canoeing are the most popular activities around Lady Bird Lake and I do suggest trying them at least once," wrote visitor Nici."However, if you don't feel like being in the water, didn't pack a suit, or the weather isn't right, then I highly suggest biking around Lady Bird Lake."


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