Exploring the best of Austin, with cheap flights from Sacramento

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 Sacramento and Austin in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and highly reviewed local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Austin flights

The cheapest flights between Sacramento and Austin are if you leave on Sept. 5 and return from Texas on Sept. 8. Spirit Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $185.

There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Sacramento on July 31 and return from Austin on Aug. 5, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $224 roundtrip.

Top Austin hotels

To plan your accommodations, here are some of Austin’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Driskill (604 Brazos St.)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Driskill. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129.

The hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace for cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill. Enjoy convenient access to the Texas State Capitol, Austin Convention Center and the Sixth Street nightlife scene. 

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. Rooms are currently set at $129/night.

Located on the south side of the UT campus, the AT&T Education and Conference center offers hotel amenities and full conference center facilities, including meeting rooms with arena seating smart classroom technology. Guest benefits include access to the UT pool and gym facilities, in addition to the fitness room and pool on-site.

The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, try The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.

Top picks for dining and drinking

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.)

Sushi lovers should head to Uchi, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 104 reviews on Skyscanner. The restaurant main­tains close rela­tion­ships with local farmers and flies in seafood every day from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo.

"Amazing sushi," wrote visitor Katie. "They don't take reservations, and it can get crowded. Valet parking available."

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)

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

"This place is popular so there may be a line, but it moves pretty fast and is totally worth it. You don't have to wait in line for a bar seat," wrote reviewer Wendy

Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)

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Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza, an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving 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.

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)

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First up is Barton Springs Pool.

Barton Springs Pool is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days. The grassy hillsides and moss-covered rocks are perfect for sunbathing. Diving boards, concession stands and restroom facilities are also available.

"A must-visit within Austin, especially in the summer," wrote visitor Nici. "This natural pool in the center of the city is fairly reasonably priced to visit. You can swim laps, jump off a diving board, bring a float and just relax in the always cool water."

Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)

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Zilker Metropolitan Park is another popular destination.

Check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, concerts, festivals 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)

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Finally, consider checking out Lady Bird Lake.

"A wonderful body of water in the center of the city," wrote visitor Nici. "Paddle boarding and kayak/canoeing. However, if you don't feel like being in the water, then I highly suggest biking around Lady Bird Lake."

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