Austin has been the capital of the Lone Star State since 1839. Its long-standing history is most apparent when looking at the Texas State Capitol building (completed in 1988) or the beautifully constructed Victorian houses. It has become a vibrant city known for its live music performances and arts scene, as well as its outdoor spaces; and is situated along the Colorado River, which has created many different areas for social gatherings and relaxation.
Hostels in Austin are centrally located and affordable; the perfect combination to make the most of your time in the city. They’re also beautifully decorated and very highly rated, so you’re guaranteed to be living the high life no matter which hostel you settle on. Expect modern décor in an Austin hostel, some even have bars/coffee shops on site! Or check out one in Austin’s oldest standing fire station, also the perfect hub to experience 6th street’s legendary nightlife and music scene.
If you want to be at the heart of the action, particularly Austin’s thriving nightlife, food and music scene, choose a hostel in bustling downtown. Prefer a bit of retail therapy? Stay across the river in South Congress, the place in Austin to shop till you drop. Or perhaps you want to hang with the hipsters? East Austin is where you’ll find the cool crowd, with artsy vibes, dive bars and more brunch spots than you could shake a stick at.
Austin is synonymous with live music; a quick Internet search will help you find amazing venues like The Continental Club, where legends like Robert Plant and Wanda Jackson have played, so you obviously need to check that out. You also must explore Austin’s natural offerings. There are plenty of swimming holes in and around the city, which are often among the many walking/biking trails. Make a day of it by renting a bike or putting on some walking shoes and wandering the pathways!
If walking or biking aren’t appealing to you, there are plenty of public transport options to get you from A to B. Transit services are provided by Metro and include buses, trains, and rideshares; as well as late-night and airport services. Other rideshare services also operate in Austin, so you have plenty of options to get around economically. From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the cheapest and easiest way to the centre is via the Capital Metro bus, that leaves every 30 minutes and costs $1.25.