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This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

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Your Hill Country Getaway: Hotel Granduca

Nestled among the trees in West Lake Hills, Hotel Granduca Austin presents a destination experience steeped in intimate charm and hospitality. Featuring tranquil spaces surrounded by stunning views, the hillside retreat is a favorite for locals and travelers alike. Courtesy of Hotel Granduca Austin…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 57th Annual Trail of Lights. From November 27 through December 31, 2021, Zilker Park transforms into a drive-thru winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees…

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Austin Cycling Guide

Ready to get on your bikes and ride? There are plenty of places to do so in Austin whether you want a car-free paved path for a leisurely cycle or you prefer to tear up some single track. So grab your helmet and a pair of shades and take your wheels to one of these cycling hot spots perfect for…

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Guide to Austin's North Loop Neighborhood

Austin’s North Loop neighborhood is a unique part of town located just northeast of the University of Texas. North Loop’s proximity to the university and mix of eclectic restaurants and shops makes it a popular local hangout among students and campus staff. Home Slice Pizza. Credit Julia Keim North…

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Best Restaurants with Live Music in Austin

Austin is no longer just a city full of live music and entertainment. Now, the Live Music Capital has also become a robust foodie city with some of the best smoked barbecue in the state, a surplus of fine dining establishments as well as various walk-in, sit-down, no-frills watering holes to beat…

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Best Seafood Restaurants in Austin

Austin may be landlocked in the heart of Texas, but that doesn’t mean we lack great seafood. Many of our restaurants bring fresh fish and oysters straight from the Gulf, others go to great lengths to fly outstanding products from across the ocean. Either way, you can satisfy your beachside cravings…

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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2021

It's the most wonderful time of the year and time for a new rendition of one of Austin's favorite old holiday traditions, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Moving to a strictly outside event and taking over the Palmer Events Center for 3 days, from December 17-19, 2021; stop by do some holiday…

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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2021 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to…

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Austin Comedians to Know

Part of what makes Austin so vibrant is its renowned comedy scene. From cool shows at The Velveeta Room and The Hideout Theatre to the annual Moontower Comedy Festival, Austin comedy is a force to be reckoned with. Check out this list of the many talented Austin comedians who bring smiles to our…

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Where to Dine in Austin Right Now

Looking for the best places to eat in Austin right now? Our curated list of new and essential restaurants to sample will almost certainly have whatever you’re craving, from fall-off-the-bone barbecue to elevated Mexican eats and upscale sushi experiences. Eat up y'all! Gati. Courtesy of Jam…

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