Austin's Circuit of The Americas has been praised by drivers and fans alike for its fast, flowing design that incorporates a massive observation tower at its centre and an amphitheatre for rock concerts . The southern-most state capital boasts hipster hangouts and brilliant barbeque with a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll.
Together with our Global Luxury Luggage Partner Globe-Trotter, we explore the capital of the Lone Star State.
Where can you get back to nature?
Austin can get pretty hot and pretty busy so what better place to relax than by the shore of Lady Bird Lake, which stretches across the heart of the city. This lake is the playground of the city – with parks and swimming pools like Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool on its fringes. The lake is open for fishing and boating and runners pound the pavements around its perimeter.
Where can you revive yourself?
One of the most distinctive landmarks in Central Austin, the Fairmont gleams with a facade of mirrored glass that towers over the surrounding streets. There's a perfect pool for reviving yourself with a sundeck and luxurious rooms. Nearby is the famous Iron Works BBQ, or you could dine in at the hotel's highly regarded Garrison restaurant.
Where can you experience Texan history?
San Antonio is the next city along from Austin and famed as a relaxed, hospitable destination. Its River Walk is a popular attraction and you can learn about Texan history at the famous Alamo. Spend a night over in San Antonio at Estancia del Norte, a Tapestry Collection property. This hotel boasts retro Mission decor with plenty of woven fabrics, leather and dark accents.
Where's great for dinner and drinks?
Self-declared hipster hangout The Otis is bang in the Campus District surrounded by students. It has the Otopia Rooftop for perfect sundowners and the Acre 41 Steak Restaurant. The hotel, the first for Autograph Collection in Austin, has on-trend décor, and the pièce de resistance is the unbelievable vinyl record store in the lobby; this is a hotel that lives and breathes music.
Where can you experience rock 'n' roll Austin?
Austin is the home of the world-renowned SXSW festival of music, film, tech and ideas. Every March the city comes alive with all the venues on 6th Street throwing parties and putting on bands. Stay at the Canopy, Driskill, Tommy or Westin in the middle of town to enjoy the music and those legendary Texas vibes.
Where can you decompress after the United States Grand Prix?
Indigo is a perfect place to stay after the race – easily accessed from Interstate 35. The pretty Waller Creek runs past, with its own walking trail. And the Texas State Capitol is just a couple of blocks away. There’s a year-round pool terrace and slick modern decor including a neon artwork in the lobby reading: 'You're weird but I love you!'
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