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WHEN TO GO
June – Aug.: Summer is the peak season to visit, but temperatures are broiling.
March – May: Temperate weather, fewer crowds and wildflowers are in bloom.
Sept. – Oct.: Fall brings cooler temps, fewer crowds and frequent travel deals.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. You can learn what measures the city is taking to keep visitors safe and healthy, as well as updated openings, events and more with Visit Austin.
Getting Here: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is less than 10 miles southeast of downtown. Taxis or ride shares can take you into the city.
Getting Around: Many of Austin’s major sights are central to downtown and can be visited on foot. Taxi and ride share services are plentiful if you want to explore further afield. Car rentals offer flexibility, but downtown parking can be tough.
Local Lingo: Mex Mart: A Mexican Martini, made with triple sec, orange juice, lime juice and tequila. SoCo: South Congress Avenue, a trendy stretch of boutiques, restaurants, bars and venues. Cross the river: Heading to South Austin. ACL or South by: Refers to Austin City Limits or South by Southwest festivals.
Must-Have Apps: Austin Insider Guide
Other Tips: Up your Insta game on Rainey Street, where you’ll find bungalow-houses-turned-bars, food trucks and other funky hangouts that line the block.