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 Orlando 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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Cheapest Austin flights
The cheapest flights between Orlando and Austin are if you leave on Sept. 11 and return from Texas on Sept. 16. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $77, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Orlando on Aug. 21 and return from Austin on Aug. 26, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $87 roundtrip.
Top Austin hotels
In regards to accommodations, here are some of Austin’s top-rated hotels that were selected from Skyscanner's listings, based on price and customer satisfaction.
The Driskill, Unbound Collection by Hyatt (604 Brazos St.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Driskill, Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The hotel has a 4.5-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129/night.
A landmark in downtown Austin, this legendary hotel has become synonymous with traditional Texas hospitality. Guests can 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.
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. Rooms are currently set at $129/night.
Located on the south side of the University of Texas at Austin campus, the AT&T Education and Conference center offers luxury hotel amenities and full conference center facilities. Guest benefits include access to the UT pool and gym facilities, in addition to the fitness room and swimming pool on-site.
The Hotel Ella (1900 Rio Grande)
If you're looking to treat yourself, there's The Hotel Ella. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $199/night.
"Hotel Ella is the perfect quintessential Austin vibe. Upscale luxury with laid-back personality," wrote visitor Alice.
Top picks for dining and drinking
Don't miss out on Austin's food scene, which has ample noteworthy options to get a taste of the local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
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.
Uchi's culinary philosophy combines local, seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe, inviting diners to explore their gastronomic boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new flavors and textures.
"Amazing sushi," wrote visitor Katie. "It's up there against anything you'll have in San Francisco, NYC or elsewhere."
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress Ave.)
Another popular dining destination is Hopdoddy Burger Bar, with 4.7 stars from 127 reviews.
"Favorite burger place in town! There's a line out the door at dinnertime for a reason," wrote Jenna. "Amazing drinks, milkshakes, fries [and] burgers. A must-visit place."
Franklin Barbecue (900 E. 11th)
Also worth considering is Franklin Barbecue.
"Amazing barbecue! [The] brisket and pork ribs are my favorites," wrote reviewer Terry. "It’s an Austin experience to be embraced."
Home Slice Pizza (1415 S. Congress Ave.)
Finally, there's Home Slice Pizza, an independent neighborhood pizza joint known for its authentic, hand-tossed New York-style pizza — served by the pie or by the slice.
"Whether you're into spinach pizza or traditional cheese, this place is funky and fun," wrote Tiffany.
Featured Austin attractions
To round out your trip, Austin offers numerous popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
Barton Springs Pool (2201 Barton Springs Road)
First up is Barton Springs Pool.
Known 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 Fahrenheit year-round, visitors can enjoy a 100% natural swimming experience with no chlorine.
"A must-visit [in] 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.
Patrons can enjoy a huge variety of activities at Zilker Park, including hiking and biking 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.
"A great place to take a break from the bustling downtown," wrote visitor Tyson. "Large open space makes 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. "I highly suggest biking around Lady Bird Lake. ... There are solid trails, and on either side of the lake, there are additional areas you can ride through for a longer, more scenic ride of Austin."
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