The self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world,” Austin, TX has built a reputation in recent years as one of the hippest cities in America. Located on the banks of the Colorado River in central Texas, the Austin area was first settled by pioneers in the early 1800s. It was named after Stephen F. Austin, the so-called “Father of Texas” who led one of the earliest attempts to colonize the region and was also a key figure in the Texas Revolution. Historically, Austin was an important location in the cattle trade, and in modern times has reinvented itself as a hub of the technology industry.
Texas has a well-deserved reputation for fierce independence, and Austin is no exception. With the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” guiding it, it’s become home to a wealth of cultural festivals, unique local businesses and a thriving foodie scene. No matter your taste, the city’s eclectic offerings ensure it has something to appeal to just about any visitor. Charter a private jet Austin with Priority One Jets.
Must see: Austin boasts the most live music venues per capita of any city in the United States, so be sure to head downtown and visit 6th Street to take in a few shows. Another popular destination is the Ann W. Richards Bridge, where, every evening, as many as 1.5 million bats emerge from the largest urban bat colony in the world. If you like films, the Alamo Drafthouse is a highly regarded independent theater-just don’t text during the movie.
Lodging: The Driskill-The oldest operating hotel in Texas, The Driskill is located downtown within easy walking distance of the city’s nightlife and music scene. This historical building was built in 1886 by Col. Jesse Driskill, a cattle baron whose ghost reputedly still haunts its rooms.
Ground Transportation: Once you debark from your private jet Austin at Austin Executive Airport, you might consider renting a bike to explore the city, one of the most cycling-friendly in Texas.
Packing Tips: If you’re traveling in the summer, dress for hot weather and sun.
Recommended Books: Several of O. Henry’s stories, known for their humor and irony, take place in Austin’s General Land Office Building, where William Henry Porter worked before becoming pseudonymously famous.
Currency: The US dollar is the local currency.
Calling Code United States: 1
Best Travel Dates: Try chartering your private jet Austin for SXSW, which generally takes place in March and features performances by thousands of musical artists, as well as a film and technology festival. You could also time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s many other music festivals, with October’s Austin Film Festival & Conference, or with any of its numerous literary events.