Austin is the The Heart and Soul of Texas
Austin is known far and wide as the playground of Texas; the live music capital of the world, and the government seat of the Lone Star State.
Modern, cosmopolitan and full of cutting-edge technology, the one million people who live and work around Austin are sophisticated, educated and love to have fun.
Home to the University of Texas primary campus, Austin also is the host to a number of other colleges and universities, making the city a college town to the max! You'll find plenty of college sports, live music venues, entertainment options, and massive outdoor activities. Town Lake - which is actually the Colorado River - is a huge open space area dedicated to community outdoor activities. Jogging and bike trails, boating marinas, and a host of other sports and activities are a regular part of Austin city life.
Austin has played an important role in the shaping of the rich history of Texas. From the pioneering days, to contemporary times, Austin has figured prominently in the advances and progress of Texas. Named after the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, the city still provides the government leadership for a state on the move.
With an economy rooted in high technology, the future seems nothing but bright for Austin. Riding the wave of Sun Belt popularity, Austin has grown from just over 80,000 residents in the 1960's to the city's half million population base today (over a million in Travis County).
Visitors will enjoy a comprehensive museum system, a number of quality art galleries and world class shopping opportunities in Austin's eclectic shopping district. And not far from downtown, visitors can take a scenic drive up a river canyon to nearby Lake Travis just north of the city, another virtual playground for water sports and leisure activities.
Gateway to the Texas Hill Country, Austin serves as a great starting point for adventures into the Texas heartland. San Antonio is just an hours drive away, as are the Hill Country communities of Fredericksburg and Kerrville.
Tour the State Capitol of Texas, one of the most beloved landmarks in the Lone Star State. Completed in 1888, the pink granite statehouse stands 311 feet high and is 14 feet higher than our nation's capitol. Guided tours begin every 15 minutes from the south entrance foyer on weekdays. You can also relive the pages of Texas history at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Interactive exhibits, artifacts never publicly displayed before, an IMAX Theatre and the multi-sensory Texas Spirit Theatre bring the myth, legend and fact of the Lone Star State together under one roof.
Inspired by Austin's burgeoning live music scene in the early '70s, Austin City Limits has featured more than 500 different regional and internationally acclaimed artists on its stage over the years. Although tickets are hard to come by, fans of the popular PBS television show can tour studio 6-A at station KLRU on the University of Texas at Austin campus.