Austin sits amongst the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill country, between the cities of San Marcos and San Antonio. The metropolitan area which now engulfs Round Rock, Texas, currently has a population of about 2 million. The Colorado River runs through the city alongside its beloved Zilker Park, Barton Springs brings in tourists from all over who are visiting the city which has made its way onto must visit lists for many people.
The city also boasts three lovely lakes of its own, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, Lake Walter E. Long, and even nearby Lake Travis. However, the best thing about Austin is its attitude of "keeping Austin weird", which emphasizes supporting small business, creativity, music, arts, and culture, fighting big chains, etc. As a result, the city has become a masterpiece in itself, brimming with unique restaurants and ideas, incredible food, arts, music, dancing and the like around every corner.
The landmarks of Austin are plentiful, but the most recognizable is certainly the state capitol building, which as a result of the small addition of a statue on top, is now larger than the Capitol building in D.C. It's a magnificent sight inside and out, day or night, and tours are easily taken. You can't miss cooling off in shady Barton Springs, checking out over 9,000 years of history at the Texas State History Museum, or walking down South Congress, or 6th Street any night of the week to witness for yourself the vibrancy of this one-of-a-kind city. Stop by Austin City Limits for the best of the live music scene, stroll through parks from the lakeside Lady Bird Wildflower Center, to the refreshing Graffiti Park at Castle Hill. Austin is jam-packed with activities for any age and any interest.
If you ever thought that it was tough deciding where to eat- you haven't experienced Austin choosing what to eat. Just drive a few blocks down the road amongst a lottery of choices, each distinctly intriguing in their own right, and your curiosity grows as quickly as your appetite does. While Austin gives the term "foodie" a whole new meaning, there are a few places you simply can't miss. Torchy's Tacos has changed tacos forever, serving up over 30 kinds of tantalizing tacos which will leave you humming "umm" at the cashier for much longer than you realize. Hopdoddy's burgers on south congress is almost guaranteed to have a line from open to close, but wait and you shall receive, and by receive, I mean be blessed with the finest burger you've ever bitten into. For breakfast, Voodoo donuts exemplifies the Austinite experience, with its unfathomable variety of donuts and all around creativity. The best way to go is to try a random dozen and sit down and try to do a Donut draft with the family.
Austin has so much to offer in the realm of ideal homes for you and your family. Austin homes are a hot commodity right now, but it has never been easier to grab your own slice of lake or riverside paradise! The world is at your fingertips. You can find your Austin, Texas dream home today, and if recent history is any indication - you probably should before someone else does.