A pink lily at the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas. Photo © Anne Swoboda, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Itinerary: Austin in a Long Weekend

Austin is a city that can easily and satisfactorily be explored in less than a week. It’s so alive and accessible that it takes little effort to be completely submerged in its life and culture.

The Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Seeing the Texas State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion

The Texas State Capitol is the nucleus of Austin, both historically and visually, and located not too far from the Governor’s Mansion. A must-see for history buffs and equally engaging for those interested in architecture or politics, both of these grand old buildings have survived years of hard politics and even harder renovations.

Teams squaring off in Austin's roller derby.

Austin’s Roller Derby Revival

The most outrageous form of entertainment of the golden 1970s, roller derby, is back! Austin’s unique and dazzling form of underground entertainment is put on by a legion of feisty women from all walks of life.

You probably can't snag any tickets to Austin City Limits, but you can catch other great acts at the Moody Theater.

The Quintessential Austin Music Experience

Music style and tastes vary greatly, making it difficult to suggest one quintessential music experience, but here’s a start. The proper accommodations are crucial for the live music fan. They need to be cheap, centrally located, and near a restaurant that serves breakfast all day.

A sign invites people in to the Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas.

Austin’s Weird Sights

In the mood for some weird and downright strange sights? Well, if you’re in Austin, there’s plenty to see. From the macabre to the astonishing to the just plain ‘what the heck?’, these locales and landmarks will definitely hit the spot.

The courthouse in Bandera, Texas. Photo © Davidlohr Bueso, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Take a Four-Day Texas Hill Country Road Trip

A road trip in the Hill Country is an adventure into both beautiful parks with natural wonders and tiny towns that meticulously preserve remnants of Americana and the Wild West. Get ready to do some serious wine-tasting, antiques hunting, horseback riding, and hiking.

The capitol building is visible between skyscrapers in Austin, Texas.

Discover Austin, San Antonio & the HIll Country

Where else can you see Willie Nelson perform, go wine-tasting, explore underground caves, visit the Alamo, see ancient dinosaur bones, dance to German polka music, and catch a Mexican rodeo—all in one weekend? Nowhere else but deep in the heart of Texas.

Moon Texas

As a longtime Austin resident and writer for the Texas Historical Commission, Andy Rhodes knows the best ways to experience the Lone Star State. In keeping with the “everything is bigger in Texas” motif the state is famous for, Rhodes covers a colossal amount of sights and activities, including catching up-and-coming indie bands at Austin’s […]

Moon Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country

Musician and freelance writer Justin Marler offers his insider’s perspective on Austin, San Antonio, and Texas’s Hill Country, including where to take a leisurely stroll, rock-climb in the great outdoors, or catch a live show. Marler shares unique travel strategies like Texas Pride, Family Fun in San Antonio, and Hill Country Road Trip—an itinerary that […]

Craggy rocks rise up from the calm surface of a lake while a small waterfall spills down into the lake.

Road Trips from Austin: Weekend Destinations

As fun as it is to spend a few days in Austin, author Andy Rhodes suggests that you consider taking a weekend road trip to experience more Central Texas culture. With ideas like enjoying barbecue in Lockhart or fishing in Lake Buchanan, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.