Both the website and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau office on Congress Avenue are packed with visitor information on Austin attractions, accommodations, vacation packages, activities, events, dining, music venues and more including email newsletters and free visitor's guides. Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau also provides a travel booking and packaging engine that offers a one-stop shopping for Austin travel. Potential travelers are able to scan lists of hotels in the Austin area and learn about amenities, rates, specials, attractions and points of interest to site visitors close to each hotel and a Google Maps tool. Visitors can also book flights and rental cars.
Austin Explorer has lots of interesting information about exploring the outdoors around Austin, including historic sites, cemetaries, hiking trails, orienteering (a sport in which orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape) and news related to the historic and outdoor hill country area.
The Austin Grand Prix is Austin-centric online community supporting motorsports and events at The Circuit of The Americas racetrack currently under construction in Austin. Austin will serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix for years 2012 through 2021. The goal of the Austin Grand Prix website is to serve as a conduit for news about Formula One Grand Prix in Austin and International Grand Prix events around the world as well as provide information race fans that will be visitors to Austin.
Austin Unique was founded in 2002 by longtime Austin resident Johnny Barnett as a way to help small local Austin businesses thrive. Initially designed as an on-line business directory, Austin Unique has evolved into a marketing and networking oriented enterprise often hosting special events featuring local vendors and live music.
Austin Wedding Blog is an extensive online resource for Austin wedding venues, Austin wedding photographers, Austin wedding planners, Austin wedding cakes, Austin wedding dresses, Austin wedding florists, Austin wedding caterers and just about anything to do with planning a wedding in Austin. Austin Wedding Blog also posts articles on a regular basis with photos and comments about recent weddings in Austin, upcoming bridal events in Austin and current wedding trends.
Austin.com is a directory of businesses, music, arts, events and points of interest in Austin maintained by several long time Austinites and features articles contributed by readers and editors including Artly Snuff of the Uranium Savages. Austin.com also connects to a hotel booking engine.
The Austinist is a daily staff posted blog with photos and commentary about Austin news, events, music, art, food and other items of interest to an audience of Austin's young urbanites. The Austinist is part of a chain of city-centric blog sites that started with the Gothamist's coverage of events in New York City in 2003. Since then, the chain of sites has grown to 14 cities in America, Europe, and Asia. The Austinist strives to give an insider's view of life in Austin and new items are posted daily.
Downtown Austin is a directory of events and businesses located in the downtown Austin area. An extension Downtown Austin Alliance, a City of Austin funded group dedicated to promoting living and tourism in downtown Austin, the site includes information on dining, music, art, museums, theater, clubs and accommodations in the downtown area, most of which are within walking distance of each other. Events in the downtown area can be submitted by email for inclusion in the online event directory.
Free Fun In Austin is a website run by a mother of four named Heidi with a degree in theatre arts. She does an excellent job of posting free things to do in Austin including food, events and coupons. Most of her notices come from her Facebook page so be sure to "Like" Free Fun In Austin there.
A Guide To Austin is a custom search engine delivering only results from websites, blogs and social media based in the Austin area. The advantage to using a Guide To Austin is that it helps to filter out spam and poorly written and irrelevant results.
Holly's Hot Happenings is both a website and a weekly e-mail list serve that provides information on a wide variety of Austin art, cultural, sport, educational, networking and charity events submitted by subscribers.
Keeping Austin Free is a blog style website that updates on a regular basis with current free events and activities in the Austin area. Information on free stuff to do in Austin ranges from free kids shows to free food coupons to free admission to films, concerts and theater events.
Based on the Frommer's Travel Guide, the New York Times online travel guide suggests where to stay, where to eat, what to do and when to visit Austin. The site also links to articles about Austin that have appeared in the New York Times
This Is Austin is the online version of the Austin American-Statesman's annual published guide to Austin and Central Texas. Information and articles on Austin and the surrounding areas include landmarks, neighborhoods, arts, entertainment, transportation, recreation, community, business, education, religion and shopping.
Unlock Austin bills itself as "Your Key to the Austin Music Scene" and lists current shows as well as info and website links to Austin artists and venues. Includes an Austin band guide by genre. If you sign up for a free account, Unlock Austin will notify you when your favorite bands are playing and you can post upcoming shows and reviews of artists.
Open source travel guide to Austin, featuring up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, travel tips and more. Free and reliable advice written by Wikitravellers from around the globe. Wikitravel, similar to it's sister site Wikipedia, is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide.