Travelers flying in to the capital city of Texas, Austin, will find out it isn't your typical Texan city. The city boasts a myriad of live music venues, including bars and nightclubs like The Madison, and has launched the music careers of notable artists such as Janis Joplin.
The host city of the popular South by Southwest Film and Music festival, Austin is also home to a thriving art and cultural scene. Guests will find the famous 6th Street acts as the city's live music hub. Restaurants that serve tasty Southern-style food, low-key bars and the next big act can also be found here. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Blanton Museum of Art, and if you're into history, stop by the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and State Capitol.
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Austin. Public transportation in the city is reliable, but if you prefer to explore Austin on your own timetable, it's best to rent a car. A good map or in-car GPS system will help you navigate the roads and highways, and avoid wrong turns onto one-way streets.
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It will take you roughly four hours to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) into Austin. Barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine are food staples in Austin, so be sure to land with an appetite.