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All the major car rental agencies are represented in both in Dallas and Austin. Planning one’s route between Dallas and Austin will be relatively easy. There is one main interstate that runs from Dallas to Austin, I-35. Connections from the Dallas-Fort Worth can be made by using 35-E if coming from the east side or 35-W if coming from the west. Regardless of whether one rents a car, or uses his own car, the trip will be fabulous. Driving a car allows one to stop and see anything and everything on the way.
About half way between Dallas and Austin is Waco – the home of Magnolia Market run by celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines who host the HGTV show "Fixer Upper". Not only do they have a market, but they also have a bed and breakfast. If one is a fan of HGTV, this is a place to stop. Maybe a great opportunity for a photo and autograph!
The city of Austin has many interesting attractions. Some of them include the Austin Nature & Science Center, Zilker Botanical Garden, Paramount Theater, the Museum of the Weird and Barton Creek Greenbelt Park that features swimming, trails, and biking.
The Colorado River flows through Austin providing a natural waterway and beautiful park settings. One particular attraction is the Lone Star Riverboat. They offer a selection of tours including a bat watching tour that takes off at dusk. This tour runs March through October and is priced at $10/adult and $7/children. It is a one hour tour. From March through mid-December there are weekend tours at 3:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Also, on Friday evenings the Lone Star offers a moonlight cruise that leaves at 10:30 p.m. There are other tours of the city as well including Segways, and double-decker buses. The Austin city website has a nice listing of everything Austin.
If one is looking for lodging, Austin has all the usual hotel chains; Hilton, Aloft, Marriott, Hyatt, Residence Inn, and many more. Steeped in history, Austin also offers a fine list of bed and breakfast options. Many of these B&Bs are located in historical homes and mansions. They are clustered in downtown Austin and in neighborhoods near the river.
Austin offers a wide selection of cuisine including Japanese, Mexican, Italian, French, Thai, Southern comfort, steak houses, dinner theaters and more. One will easily find something to meet the desires of the palate. There are about 30 wineries near Austin and Austin offers many wine bars and tasting rooms. Enjoy a Texas wine while enjoying a splendid view of the river.
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