Austin holds several titles of distinction in the Lone Star State. A visit to the historic State Capitol building is a must for Austin travel. Finished in 1888, the Capitol was built from “Sunset Red” granite and is a beautiful Austin attraction.
An even better-known distinction is Austin’s role in the arts. It’s the Live Music Capitol of the World®, and on any given night, you’ll find live music throughout the city. With nearly 200 venues, you’ll find a variety of genres and performances. The city is home to famed personalities like The Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more. Austin is also a popular movie location. Several favorites were filmed there, including: The Alamo, Sin City, Spy Kids, The Rookie, Miss Congeniality, Hope Floats and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The arts are showcased in Austin’s many entertainment districts, including Austin’s famous Sixth Street. Other hot spots for live music and dining include South Congress Avenue, the Warehouse, Second Street and Red River.
Austin is home to the University of Texas, one of America’s largest public universities, and it’s one of the country’s top technology cities with the headquarters for Dell Computer Corporation and major operations for IBM, Samsung, Freescale and Advanced Micro Devices. And in Austin recreational opportunities abound with 220 parks, including 360-acre Zilker Park and a 10.1 mile hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. Also, Barton Springs Pool welcomes swimmers to 68-degree, spring-fed waters year-round.
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