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Exploring the best of Austin, with cheap flights from Nashville

Exploring the best of Austin, with cheap flights from Nashville
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By Hoodline - Published on June 06, 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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Nashville 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. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Austin

The cheapest flights between Nashville and Austin are if you leave on June 11 and return from Texas on June 16. United currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $236.

There are also deals to be had later in June. If you fly out of Nashville on June 28 and return from Austin on July 1, American Airlines can get you there and back for $294 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)

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

Don't miss Austin's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Uchi (801 S. Lamar Blvd.)

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One of Austin's most popular restaurants is 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.

Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)

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Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza, with 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. 

Top Austin attractions

Austin is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two 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 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.

"This is a great place to take a break from the bustling Downtown scene. This large open space makes for a great place to play soccer or frisbee," wrote visitor Tyson.  

This story was created automatically using flight, hotel, and local attractions data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.