Built along the banks of the Colorado River in south central Texas, Austin is a center of government, education and high technology. If you are looking for Austin hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, all offering comfortable accommodations and exceptional rates. Click on a locale below for Extended Stay Hotels in that area or view all metropolitan Austin hotels.
A major center for high technology, Austin has been nicknamed Silicon Hills. Two large high tech companies, Dell Computers and Freescale Semiconductors, have made their headquarters in Austin. Rounding out the local economy are the Texas State government and the University of Texas at Austin, a major research university and the largest entity in the University of Texas System.
Thanks in large part to employment opportunities offered by area business and government, Austin continues to earn numerous distinctions. Money magazine ranked Austin as the number two Best Big City in its 2006 “Best Places to Live” edition and number three in its 2009 edition. And, be sure to check your stress at the border – according to Forbes, in an evaluation of the forty largest U.S. metro areas, Austin ranked as the least stressful city.
Recreational opportunities abound in Austin. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Blanton Museum of Art, located in the University of Texas. The museum is home to Central Texas’ largest collection of artwork and is one of the nation’s premier university art museums. Also in Austin is the Mexic-Arte Museum, one of the country’s only Mexican art museums.
For an interactive experience of Texas’ rich history, check out The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, featuring three floors of exhibits and a 3D IMAX theater. Presidential history buffs will delight in the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, which houses more than forty-five million pages of historical documents.
If you’d like to experience the beauty of the outdoors, then head over to the Zilker Botanical Garden, featuring more than 30 acres of varying terrain including a Japanese garden, herbal and fragrance garden, koi pond and waterfalls. Wildlife lovers should also plan a visit to the Austin Zoo, which boasts over 300 animals and over 100 species.
Austin has a justified reputation for being a little quirky. In Fact, the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird”. Enjoy a uniquely weird Austin experience by viewing the Congress Avenue Bats, the largest urban bat population in the U.S., which takes up residence in crevices of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge.
If your idea of nighttime fun doesn’t include bats, there’s still plenty for you to enjoy in this city. Austin lives up to its nickname as the “Live Music Capital of the World” with more live music venues per capita than any other U.S. city. To pick just the right event, either by date, by band or by venue, visit the Austin Live Music website. Delicious food and fun music just seem to go together, so head for the Austin City Guide’s restaurant listings to see what’s cooking in town.
Being nestled in what locals call Texas Hill Country, Austin is a great place to golf. Golf is also affordable in Austin, with numerous municipal and private golf courses offering experiences ranging from “pitch and putt” to the challenge of a full-size championship course.
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