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The Top 10 Historical Sites in Austin

Destination(s): Austin

Though Austin is known for its live music scene and laid-back urban appeal, many overlook the historical significance of this central Texas city. With the help of this best-of list, visitors can take advantage of an easy opportunity to understand Austin's background, ranging from government bigwigs and ghosts to influential artists and brave lost souls. Turn this Top 10 guide into a day-long event or work a couple points of interest into your busy schedule. Whatever you choose, know that these spots help make Austin remarkable. read more about The Top 10 Historical Sites in Austin

Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

  • 1100 Congress Ave
  • tel:+1 512 463 0063
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78701

The Texas State Legislature meets only once every two years, so if the cavernous building seems oddly deserted, the legislature is probably not in session. Considered one of the nation's most distinguished state buildings, the Texas State Capitol, with its strong red granite facade and Renaissance Revival architectural style, sits regally on a hill overlooking Congress Avenue. Largest of all state capitols and only second in size to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Texas State Capitol anchors the north end of downtown, just four blocks south of the University of Texas at Austin campus. Free tours of the capitol building cover Texas history, fun facts about the 17 monuments on the 22-acre, park-like grounds, and information about the Texas legislature, or take the self-guided tour to explore at your own pace. You'll need to go through a quick security check at the entrance, including having your bags scanned by a metal detector. read more about Texas State Capitol

Driskill (The)

Driskill (The)

  • 604 Brazos Street
  • At E Sixth St
  • tel:+1 512 474 5911 / +1 800 252 9367 (Toll Free)
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  • Austin, 78701
Governor's Mansion of Texas

Governor's Mansion of Texas

  • 1010 Colorado St
  • tel:+1 512 474 9960
  • Visit website
  • Austin, 78701
Texas State Cemetery

Texas State Cemetery

  • 909 Navasota St
  • tel:+1 512 463 0605
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  • Austin, 78702
St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral

  • 203 East 10th St
  • tel:+1 512 476 6182
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  • Austin, 78701
Treaty Oak

Treaty Oak

  • 503 Baylor St
  • Between W Fifth and Sixth Sts
  • tel:+1 512 476 3809
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  • Austin, 78701
Elisabet Ney Museum

Elisabet Ney Museum

O. Henry House Museum

O. Henry House Museum

Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre

  • 713 Congress Avenue
  • tel:+1 512 472 5470
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  • Austin, 78701
Armadillo World Headquarters Plaque

Armadillo World Headquarters Plaque

  • 505 Barton Springs Road
  • One Texas Center
  • tel:+1 512 474 5171 (Tourist Information)
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  • Austin, 78704