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A city with a character and atmosphere all of its own, Austin is a very different place to the land of cowboys and desert life it was once famous for being. Austin now holds a young vibrant population, well-designed recreational areas and plenty of natural beauty. The city's unofficial motto is "Keep Austin Weird", a funny yet appropriate slogan given the vibrant mix of people and places that make up the city. Austin is filled with artists, musicians, university students and innovative technology workers.
A city designed to be enjoyed; Austin offers plenty for visitors and locals alike, with attractions for everyone. Start exploring Austin near the centre of the city, where you can wander through the Texas State Capitol Building and see several other local icons. North of downtown, you'll find the University of Texas, one of the largest universities in the USA. For a great view of the city, head to the university's tower, from where you'll get to look down on the area below from a height of almost 100m. After a day of seeing sights and fun in the park, pay a visit to 6th Street, the entertainment centre for Austin. Featuring historical buildings, clubs, bars and restaurants, this is the ideal spot for a meal, drink, dance or even just a scenic stroll.
Austin is the gateway to Texas Hill Country, gorgeous landscape with historic Spanish missions, Texas live oak trees and spring-fed rivers. Drive out to Burnet in the Highland Lakes, or spend a day in San Marcos, just 30 minutes south of the city. If you're looking for another destination in Texas after Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio are all relatively close.
As with many cities, parking in the city centre can be difficult, though meters and car parks are available throughout the city. Municipal car parks are recommended as cars are meters are quickly ticketed if out of time and those parked illegally will be towed. If you do find a meter, be sure to check the regulations, as some are free in the evenings.
If you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the US can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.
Our car hire suppliers in Austin include Avis, Budget and Hertz. Our supplier depots are conveniently located at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Additionally, we have depots at several locations near the city centre. Explore the interactive map to find which Austin depot is convenient for you to pick up your car hire.
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