Things to Do in Austin
Blueberry in the Red State
One of the first things you’ll notice about Austin are large bumper stickers on cars and on various avenues which read- “Keep Austin Weird”. The enthusiasm with which this city embraces alternative cultures is contagious, and this is one of the few cities where ‘honky-tonks’ co-exist in perfect harmony with plush condo complexes. Austin is also known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ for its large number of venues and two extremely acclaimed music festivals. On a more serious note, Austin is an important center for politics and technology, the latter evident in the many tech companies that occupy ‘The Silicon Hills’. If you’re planning a trip to the capital city of the state of Texas, then make sure to first check out our list of the best things to do in Austin!
Texas State Capitol
This imposing red granite-building is one of Austin’s most distinctive landmarks. It was built in the year 1888 to house the offices of ‘The Texas Legislature’ and the Governor’s Office. The building which was designed by the renowned architect – Elijah E Meyers, is a National Historic Landmark. At 302.64 ft, it is taller than Washington’s ‘Capitol building’, as well as the sixth tallest state capitol in America. Make sure to visit the central rotunda, which has portraits of all former governors and presidents of the Republic of Texas. The rotunda’s domed ceiling also makes it a ‘Whispering Gallery’. The Capitol’s grounds are dotted with noteworthy statues and monuments, including ‘The Heroes of the Alamo’, ‘Volunteer Firemen’, ‘Confederate Soldiers’ and ‘Terry’s Texas Rangers’. A visit to this site is one of the best things to do in Austin for history buffs.