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Published on July 18, 2019
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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.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Detroit and Austin, at least according to travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Austin to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Austin flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Detroit and Austin are if you leave on Sept. 21 and return from Texas on Sept. 23. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $77, roundtrip.

Frontier Airlines also has tickets at that price point in August. If you fly out of Detroit on Aug. 21 and return from Austin on Aug. 23, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $77 roundtrip.

Top Austin hotels

To plan your stay, here are two 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 – 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.

Built in 1886 as the showplace for cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill the hotel has convenient access to the Texas State Capitol, Austin Convention Center and the city’s world-famous Sixth Street nightlife scene.

Hotel Saint Cecilia (112 Academy Drive)

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Another option is Hotel Saint Cecilia. With a five-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city.

Each of the five distinct suites, six poolside bungalows and three studios that span this private wooded property have been designed and furnished to stir the poet and artist in each guest.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Austin has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

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.

Uchi pairs 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."

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.

"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.)

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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. 

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, which is the perfect outing for those hot Texas days — or even the cool ones. Maintaining a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round, you will enjoy a 100-percent 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."

Zilker Metropolitan Park (2100 Barton Springs Road)

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Zilker Metropolitan Park is another popular destination.

Patrons can check out the hike and bike trails, picnic facilities, Zilker Botanical Garden, canoe rentals, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, riverboat rides on Town Lake, concerts, festivals and even a miniature train. 

"It's a great place to take a break from the bustling downtown," wrote visitor Tyson.

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

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Finally, spend some time at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

"Paddleboarding 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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