Destination guide

Music, cowboys and bats—Austin has all the powers

Music, cowboys, and fruit bats are just 3 of the highlights of a trip to the Texas State Capitol. Austin is widely regarded as one of the coolest cities in America. Famous as the home of live music show, Austin City Limits, it has a rich nightlife, largely centered around the live music bars of 6th Street. It's also known for its colony of fruit bats which reside under the bridge. Get your Texan adventure off to the right start with a centrally located Austin vacation rental in the heart of the city.

Things to do

There's no (city) limits to Austin's attractions

Book an Austin vacation rental in the heart of Downtown and you'll have the best of the city right on your doorstep. Learn about Texas history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which tells the story of Texas through interactive exhibits, shows, and IMAX movies. If the streets get too hot, follow the locals to the cool, spring-fed waters of Barton Springs, a huge natural outdoor swimming pool. Try to time your visit with one of Austin's many music festivals, like Austin City Limits at Zilker Park in September, a highlight of the city's social calendar.

Activities

Bat out of hell—music and bats pretty much sums up Austin

If you like music, you'll love Austin. Internationally renowned as the live music capital of the world, you can expect to spend vast amounts of your time here listening to live music in bars. But life in Austin doesn't have to only mean beers and a banging bass. You can also go for a paddle on the Lady Bird Lake, or take in a museum or two. As the sun sets, venture down to South Congress Bridge and watch as the city's urban colony of Mexican fruit bats swoop out for their nightly tour. It's an exhilarating experience.

Weather

Austin's hot in the city? Yeah, baby!

Austin is a year-round destination. But of course, this is Texas, so it can get hot, hot, hot. In the summer, the average temperature is 90 degrees, and with high humidity and the chance of showers, it's probably the time to avoid. The best times to visit the Texas capital is fall and spring, when blue skies and sunshine are a-plenty, and the temperature is a comfortable 75 degrees. This is also when the main festivals are held and Austin vacation rentals can get snapped up in advance.

Natural features

Don't go chasing waterfalls—Austin's hiking country

Perched on the edge of Texas Hill Country, Austin lies between Dallas and San Antonio. There are plenty of ways to escape the city heat for a walk. Head up to Mount Bonnell for the best views of Austin and the Colorado River. If you want to get back to nature, drive 11 miles south to McKinney Falls State Park. Centered around the park's eponymous waterfalls, there are several scenic hiking trails. It's a magnet for the region's wildlife fans, as white-tailed deer, armadillo, and mockingbirds are all found here.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Austin

Fly into Austin, TX (AUS-Austin-Bergstrom Intl.), the closest airport, located 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Austin Station. It's easy to get around Austin by jumping on the metro at Downtown Station, Plaza Saltillo Station or Martin Luther King Jr Station.

Where to stay around Austin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,244 vacation rentals near Austin. From 1,769 Houses to 178 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Austin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Austin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Austin:

  • Downtown: 633 vacation rentals
  • South Austin: 2,138 vacation rentals
  • Zilker: 1,022 vacation rentals
  • South Congress: 1,100 vacation rentals
  • North Austin: 1,374 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Austin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Austin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Austin: 2,978 vacation rentals
  • Austin Convention Center: 2,925 vacation rentals
  • The Domain: 3,014 vacation rentals
  • University of Texas: 1,742 vacation rentals
  • Zilker Metropolitan Park: 1,883 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Austin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Austin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,769 Houses in Austin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Austin include:

  • Cabins: 178 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 895 rentals available
  • Cottages: 178 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Austin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,260 vacation rentals with pool available in Austin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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