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Extended Stay Austin - How to Enjoy an Extended Stay in Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas is known for both its history and its modern lifestyle. Consequently, there is a lot to do in Austin, and people of varying interests can all find enjoyment during an extended stay in Austin.

There are a number of Extended Stay hotel and apartment options in Austin. These are located near both businesses and attractions, so there are several options for business travelers as well as for tourists. Hyatt’s Amerisuites offer extended stay amenities. Near downtown, there is also Extended StayAmerica Austin, which offers fully equipped kitchens, a computer data port and work area, and workspace. Suburban Extended Stay of Austin South , near the University of Texas, St. Edwards, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, offers kitchens and guest laundry facilities on site. Also, one could seek short term apartment rentals for an extended stay in Austin. Overall, there are many choices for travelers in the Austin area.

During a lengthy Austin visit, there will no doubt be time for entertainment. Austin’s slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” can be found on bumper stickers and t-shirts. The slogan emphasizes Austin’s focus on local businesses and eclectic entertainment. The popular television show Austin City Limits, filmed on the University of Texas campus, has spawned the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which features big-name musical entertainment. This year’s festival is October 8 – 10 at Zilker Park, and includes rock, blues, indie, country, reggae, and hip-hop music. The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is another popular musical venue. These and other music festivals have made Austin a “live music” destination.

Sixth Street is another popular area in Austin. Eclectic shops, bars, and music make this the place to be for college students or anyone looking for a party. On 6th Street, one can shop during the day and party at night.

Anyone planning an extended stay in Austin will probably want to go to the Texas Capitol Building. Built largely from granite quarried near Marble Falls, it is a beautiful, historical building. Be sure to try the granite artesian water fountain in the front. Also, when entering the building, walk to the center of the entrance hall and look up. The interior of the capitol dome is breathtaking. After touring the capitol, walk next door to the Bob Bullock Museum for some more Texas history. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library is also interesting. It contains the presidential gifts of Lyndon Baines Johnson, as well as a replica of the oval office. Artifacts from his presidency range from photos and papers to moon rocks and memorabilia from the era.

For those who would rather climb rocks than stairs in a museum, there is a lot to do outdoors during an extended stay in Austin. Rock climbing, biking, and hiking are all popular pastimes in Austin. Austin is, after all, the home of Lance Armstrong, and there are many great places to bike. The hill country surroundings are perfect for hiking and biking. The Lady Bird Johnson Hike and Bike Trail is a good option. For swimming, try the natural spring water at Barton Springs, or check out Deep Eddy, the oldest man-made pool in Texas. Remember, spring water is fairly cold! If one is seeking a more free-spirited water experience, Hippie Hollow is a “clothing optional” place to swim.

Looking for a job? In addition to the eclectic businesses that are Keeping Austin Weird, Austin is home to large, successful corporations. Austin is the headquarters of Dell Computers and of Whole Foods, among many others.

Regardless of the reason for the visit, an extended stay in Austin can be both fascinating and active. First, find a good, extended stay hotel in Austin. Then enjoy the multitude of activities and venues that Austin offers. It is a beautiful city and well worth visiting for any length of time.

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