Austin is just simply not like the rest of Texas. From the quirky cast of characters that populate Congress Avenue to burnt orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, corporate CEOs to struggling musicians, Texas' capital city stands apart from the rest.

It's hip and trendy, yet in a vintage sort of way. It's high-tech and laid-back. It's politically charged and culturally rich. It's eclectic by nature and creative by design. Most of all, it's a place where people like to have a good time.

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There is so much to see and do in Austin we canít list all the items here, but here are just a few you might want to visit during your stay in Austin:

Capitol Visitors Center Housed in the historic General Land Office Building, the center details Texas history through exhibits and videos. Mon.-Sat. 9a.m. - 5p.m.; Sun. 12-5p.m.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats Shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America. More than 1.5 million bats fly out at dusk, April to October.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum The nation's most visited presidential library chronicles the life and times of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. Mon.-Sun. 9a.m. - 5p.m

Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort Rated by the Travel Channel as "America's No. 1 Waterpark," this fun family resort spreads over 65 acres with thrills, spills and floats

Texas Governor's Mansion Texas' premier historic home has been the official residence of Texas governors since 1856. Free tours available; reservations required.

Texas State Capitol The granite Texas statehouse stands as a testament to the history of the Lone Star State. Free, guided tours. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30p.m.; Sat. 9:30-3:30p.m.; Sun. 12-3:30 p.m

Night Life 6th Street! Restaurants and bars, live music and people watching abound on 6th street.

Texas Hotels and Motels www.texaslodgins.com

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