Information for Travelers
Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region.
The second largest state capital in the United States, Austin was founded in 1839 and was named after Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas".
Today, Austin is an important administrative, educational and cultural center.
South of the city, the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racecourse hosted the United States Grand Prix.
Despite being one of the fastest growing cities in North America, Austin offers ample space to connect with nature.
Its many parks and lakes are popular for walking, cycling, swimming and boating.
Lady Bird Lake, a river-like reservoir from the Colorado River, runs through downtown and defines area recreation.
Congress Avenue's iconic bridge over the water is home to millions of free-tailed Mexican bats, which emerge at night to feed on the local mosquito population.
The city is home to the University of Texas, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Other tourist attractions include the red granite State Capitol, inspired by the Washington, DC Capitol building.
Home to the University of Texas main campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live music scene centered on country, blues and rock.
Read about Austin in Wikipedia