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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, nightlife

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music. The city's readiness to embrace alternative cultures attracts visitors from around the world who are drawn as much by the city's many cultural events as by its status as a major development center for high-tech corporations. The best way to get your bearings while on vacation in this energetic city of 885,000 is to pick up one of its many newspapers and sift through useful information about everything from alternative festivals and live concerts, to theater plays and sporting events. To experience Austin's music scene on a smaller scale, take time to explore the city's bars and clubs, many of which offer live performances every night of the week. Explore the family-friendly attractions of Austin and add them to your vacation plans using our United States trip itinerary builder.
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Austin bills itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of its hotels sell out long before the city's popular festivals. If you wish to stay near downtown's live music scene, look for package deals and book your accommodations well in advance. If downtown clubs and bars aren't your priority, consider hotels located just outside the central part of town, in comfortable areas where you won't need a car to get to most of the city's major cultural sites.
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