Austin Bergstrom Airport serves as the main international airport for Austin. Located about 5 miles south east of downtown Austin, hiring a car is a good way to begin exploring Austin and Texas.
Sightseeing in Austin
Some of the main tourist attractions include the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, home to over 300 animals. Take a tour of the Texas State Capitol building and view the numerous monuments located here. Head over to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge around dusk and watch as close to a million bats emerge, creating a stunning display.
Austin is also a great destination for sports fans. With the Circuit of the Americas close by, visit during a Formula One race or maybe even catch a basketball or football game here.
Austin also has a number of parks including McKinney Falls State Park. It is located on the south eastern edge of Austin and features several designated hiking trails along with an array of flora and fauna.
Visit the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Centre which is a museum in east Austin. Why not also explore the Blanton Museum of Art or the Bullock Texas State History Museum?
Do some fishing at Lake Austin which is considered to have an excellent stock of large-mouth bass. Alternatively, head out on the lake for a boating or sailing trip or go for a swim to cool off at Barton Springs Pool, a man-made recreational swimming pool located in the grounds of Zilker Park.
Go for a scenic drive in the nearby countryside from Austin to Wimberley. Drive through rural Texas Hill Country, with its limestone outcroppings and gnarled old live oak trees.
Take your hire car south following Interstate 35 to San Antonio. Amble along the River Walk which is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River. Visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas, which is a theme park located on approximately 200 acres of land in San Antonio.
Why not travel to Fort Worth? With attractions that include the Fort Worth Zoo, which was once home to just a lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. Now it houses more than 5,000 native and exotic animals.
Dallas, the third largest city in Texas is home to attractions that include the Dallas World Aquarium, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens as well as Reunion Tower.