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Austin is the capital of Texas, located in the central part of the state. It's the fourth most-populated city in the state, with approximately 842,592 residents. The city of Austin is considered the cultural and economic center of a five-county region that has a total population of almost two million. It lies along the Colorado River and has three man-made lakes within the city limits; Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin and Lake Walter E. Long. Mansfield Dam and the foot of Lake Travis are also located within the city limits. The city straddles the Balcones Fault, so the eastern part of the city is flat, while the western suburbs consists of rolling hills, just on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. A major landmark in Austin is Mount Bonnell, a 780-foot limestone formation that overlooks Lake Austin on the Colorado River. Downtown Austin provides a lively mix of live music, museums, restaurants and nightlife. A local motto of the city is "Keep Austin Weird," which promotes the city's diversity, independence and eccentricity. Austin has received many accolades, including being selected as number 2 in Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2006, and number 3 in 2009. In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 "Best Places to Retire in the U.S." by CBS Money Watch. Annual events in Austin include the O. Henry Pun-Off, the Austin Reggae Festive, Art City Austin, Carnaval Brasileiro in February, and the Pecan Street Festival. Austin also has so many galleries and museums - too many to list, but enough to keep you busy for days. Austin also has more than 50 public swimming pools and parks throughout the city. Other activities include rock-climbing, kayaking, and hiking along the greenbelt, which is a long-spanning area that runs through the city.

Surrounding areas: Highland Hills, Texas (5.5 mi), Lake Travis, Texas (14.7 mi), Lago Vista, Texas (19.8 mi), Driftwood, Texas (19.9 mi), Kyle, Texas (20.8 mi), Dripping Springs, Texas (21.2 mi), Leander, Texas (22.5 mi)

Austin Vacation Rentals

Austin Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerisuites Austin N7522 I H 35 NorthAustin, TX (512) 323-2121
Amerisuites3612 Tudor BlvdAustin, TX (512) 231-8491
Austin Airport Marriott South4415 South Ih-35Austin, TX (512) 441-7900
Austin Comfort Inn700 Delmar AveAustin, TX (512) 302-5576
Austin Executive Lodging8312 Fathom Cir #1201Austin, TX (512) 258-6976
Austin Hotel North6911 N Ih-35Austin, TX (512) 459-4251
Austin Marriott At The Capitol701 E 11TH StAustin, TX (512) 478-1111
Barton Creek Resort & Club8212 Barton Club DrAustin, TX (512) 329-4000
Baymont Inn7100 I-35 NAustin, TX (512) 452-9401
Bradford Homesuites - Austin10001 N Capital Of Texas HwyAustin, TX (888) 486-7829
Candlewood Suites - Austin South4320 I35 SouthAustin, TX (512) 444-8882
Candlewood Suites9701 Stonelake BlvdAustin, TX (512) 338-1611
Clarion Inn & Suites2200 S I-35Austin, TX (800) 434-7378
Comfort Suites Austin Airport7501 E Ben White BlvdAustin, TX (512) 386-6000
Comfort Suites NW Austin13681 N Hwy 183Austin, TX (512) 219-1800
Comfort Suites1701 E Saint Elmo RdAustin, TX (512) 444-6630
Country Inn & Suites Austin North7400 Ih-35 NAustin, TX (512) 380-0008
Courtyard Austin Airport7809 E Ben White BlvdAustin, TX (512) 386-7464
Courtyard By Marriott Austin Central5660 N Ih-35Austin, TX (512) 458-2340
Courtyard By Marriott Autsin Northwest9409 Stonelake BlvdAustin, TX (512) 502-8100
Crossland12621 Hymeadow RdAustin, TX (512) 331-4747
Days Inn Austin North820 E Anderson LnAustin, TX (512) 835-4311
Days Inn3105 N I H 35Austin, TX (512) 478-1631
Doubletree Club-austin Univ Area1617 Ih 35 NAustin, TX (512) 479-4000
Doubletree Guest Suites Austin303 W 15th StAustin, TX (512) 478-7000
Doubletree Hotel Austin6505 I-35 NorthAustin, TX (512) 454-3737
Drury Inn & Suite - Austin N6711 Ih 35NAustin, TX (512) 467-9500
Econo Lodge9102 Burnet RdAustin, TX (512) 835-7070
Embassy Suites Aboretum9505 Stonelake BlvdAustin, TX (512) 372-8771
Embassy Suites Austin Downtown300 S CongressAustin, TX (512) 469-9000
Embassy Suites Austin North5901 N Ih-35Austin, TX (512) 454-8004
Exel Inn Of Austin2711 S Ih-35Austin, TX (512) 462-9201
Extended Stay America1001 S Interstate Hwy 35Austin, TX (512) 326-0100
Extended Stay America13858 N Us Hwy 183Austin, TX (512) 258-3365
Extended Stay America5100 Us Hwy 290 WAustin, TX (512) 892-4272
Extended Stay America600 Guadalupe StAustin, TX (512) 457-9994
Extended Stay America10100 N Capital Of Texas HwyAustin, TX (512) 231-1520
Extended Stay America16950 N I-35Austin, TX (512) 255-1400
Extended Stay Deluxe6300 Us Hwy 290 EAustin, TX (512) 452-0880
Extended Stay Deluxe8221 N Interstate Hwy 35Austin, TX (512) 339-6005
Bed & Breakfast
Fairview Bed & Breakfast1304 Newning AveAustin, TX (512) 444-4746
Historic Page House Tea Room & Bed & BRKFST1000 Leander RdGeorgetown, TX24.6 mi.(512) 863-8979

Austin Weather & Climate

Central Texas has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, with prevailing winds from the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are mild and relatively dry. Snowfall is rare, but ice storms occur about once every two years or so. On average, central Texas receives 33.6 inches of rain per year, mostly in the spring and fall. Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the springtime. Bright sunshine prevails, however, most of the time, with the area receiving nearly 2,650 hours of sun per year. The highest recorded temperature in central Texas was 112 F. on September 5, 2000. Summer highs exceed 100 degrees F. on an average of 18 days per year and exceed 90 degrees F. on 116 days per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 60°F 40°F 1.89 in. -
February 65°F 44°F 1.99 in. -
March 72°F 50°F 2.14 in. -
April 78°F 57°F 2.51 in. -
May 84°F 65°F 5.03 in. -
June 90°F 71°F 3.81 in. -
July 95°F 73°F 1.97 in. -
August 95°F 73°F 2.31 in. -
September 90°F 68°F 2.91 in. -
October 81°F 59°F 3.97 in. -
November 70°F 49°F 2.68 in. -
December 62°F 41°F 2.44 in. -

Austin Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Austin Bergstrom International airport (AUS) located about 6 miles southeast of Austin, the San Marcos Municipal airport (HYI) located approximately 26 miles southwest of Austin in San Marcos, Texas, the Draughon Miller Central Texas Regional airport (TPL) located roughly 64 miles northeast of Austin in Temple, Texas, and finally the San Antonio International airport (SAT) located around 66 miles southwest of Austin in San Antonio, Texas.

Austin Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Landa ParkNew BraunfelsTX45.2 mi.
Kiddie Park Of San AntonioSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
SeaWorld San AntonioSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
Water Parks
Schlitterbahn Waterpark ResortNew BraunfelsTX45.2 mi.
Splashdown San AntonioSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Avery Ranch Golf ClubAustinTX 
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Club & RangeAustinTX 
Butler Park Pitch & Putt Golf CourseAustinTX 
Cedars on Bergstrom Golf CourseAustinTX 
Circle C Ranch Golf ClubAustinTX 
Falconhead Golf ClubAustinTX 
Hancock Park Golf CourseAustinTX 
Jimmy ClayRoy Kizer Golf CourseAustinTX 
Lions Municipal Golf CourseAustinTX 
Morris Williams Golf CourseAustinTX 
Riverside Golf CourseAustinTX 
Blackhawk Golf ClubPflugervilleTX13.8 mi.
Forest Creek Golf ClubRound RockTX16.7 mi.
Teravista Golf ClubRound RockTX16.7 mi.
Highland Lakes Country ClubLago VistaTX19.4 mi.
Lago Vista Country ClubLago VistaTX19.4 mi.
Plum Creek Golf CourseKyleTX21.3 mi.
Crystal Falls Golf CourseLeanderTX21.9 mi.
Point Venture Country ClubLeanderTX21.9 mi.
Golf Club at Star RanchHuttoTX22.4 mi.
KurthLandrum Golf CourseGeorgetownTX25.4 mi.
Legacy Hills Golf ClubGeorgetownTX25.4 mi.
White Wing Golf ClubGeorgetownTX25.4 mi.
Lockhart State Park Golf CourseLockhartTX27.2 mi.
Pedernales Country ClubSpicewoodTX28.0 mi.
Colo Vista Country ClubBastropTX28.1 mi.
Lost Pines Golf CourseBastropTX28.1 mi.
Pine Forest Golf ClubBastropTX28.1 mi.
Quicksand at WoodcreekWimberleyTX28.2 mi.
Quail Creek Country ClubSan MarcosTX29.2 mi.
State Parks
Lockhart State ParkTX29.0 mi. 
Bastrop State ParkTX30.9 mi. 
Buescher State ParkTX37.4 mi. 
Latin American Collection of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of ArtAustinTX(History)
Texas Military Forces MuseumAustinTX(History)
Texas Memorial MuseumAustinTX(Multidisciplinary)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & MuseumAustinTX(Art)
Charles W. Moore FoundationAustinTX(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and AquariumSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
Sea World of San AntonioSan AntonioTX73.6 mi.
Cameron Park ZooWacoTX95.4 mi.
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX110.4 mi.

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