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Entering Austin City Limits
Known for its casual and playful nature, Austin is the playground
of Texas. Situated at the center of the Lone Star State, it stands
as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes.
As the state capital and home to the University of Texas, the city
supports a politically charged and culturally rich environment.
It's hip, trendy, and high-tech. A large creative population, primarily
musicians and artists, enhance its eclectic nature.
Blessed with a temperate year-round climate and 300 days of sunshine
a year, Austin lives for the outdoors. Nature trails, parks and
wilderness preserves create an oasis in the heart of the city. Town
Lake bisects the center of downtown and is bordered by 10 miles
of hike-and-bike trails where devoted joggers, walkers and cyclists
flock every hour of the day.
From April through October, 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats
live under the Congress Avenue Bridge that spans Town Lake. Onlookers
flock to the shores nightly to watch the nocturnal creatures emerging
from beneath the bridge.
Originally a buffalo hunting ground favored by Tonkawa Indians,
Austin was permanently settled in 1838 as a trading post. Now, more
than a million people live in the city named for Stephen F. Austin,
who devoted the best years of his life to the cause of Texas.
The Texas State Capitol, an imposing pink granite structure, commands
a stately presence in downtown. Actually 14 feet taller than the
nation's capitol, the Texas Statehouse is the largest domed statehouse
in the country.
Texas' larger-than-life history comes together under one roof at
the new Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which features intriguing
artifacts, interactive exhibits, multi-media shows, and an IMAX
In the city where the music never stops, live music plays at more
than 100 venues on any given evening. A little blues, a little country,
the beat of rock and roll, and even a few jazz licks puts Austin
music into a distinctive music genre that's difficult to label.
Now in its 30th season, Austin City Limits continues to be the
best show in town. The long-running PBS series showcases American
music and Texas music in particular. For ticket information, call
the ticket hotline at 512-471-4811.
Many of the city's cultural resources are found on the campus of
the University of Texas, where the Blanton Museum of Art opened a
new facility in 2005.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, also located on campus,
remains the most visited of the nation's presidential libraries.
A scale replica of the Oval Office, artifacts from Air Force One,
and volumes of official papers chronicle the rise of a young man
who would be president.