Vacation rental houses in Austin

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Top-rated houses in Austin

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Stay and Enjoy The Austin Texas House South Congress
Entire residential home · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Stay and Enjoy The Austin Texas House South CongressEntire private House! Our Texas-Sized living room is complete with European leather furniture. We also feature unique items such as Pottery Barn bed sets, and one of a kind gun barrel night stands. There is plenty of space in this classic 700 square foot bungalow to experience Austin like a local. The Austin Texas House is in a Fantastic location. Located off South Congress Avenue in the heart of the SoCo Shopping and Entertainment District. Unwind on the shaded front porch or side deck and enjoy the views of the 100-year old oak trees and Bouldin Creek. Hosting travelers since 2011.
Walk to South Congress from Your Retreat with Heated Pool
Entire residential home · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Walk to South Congress from Your Retreat with Heated PoolKick back on a plush day bed at this deluxe, contemporary retreat in coveted Travis Heights. Take a cooling afternoon dip in the heated pool surrounded by tropical plants, designer outdoor furniture and mature landscaping. The Retreat is just four blocks to vibrant South Congress shopping and restaurants. Experience design delights in a tranquil resort setting. The Pool area are shared with three rental units on the same property. And we are also excited to offer a new listing on the same property that is now taking reservations. Be sure to check our listing, The Gallery, in my profile.
Charming Travis Heights Bungalow with Shaded Porch
Entire residential home · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
Charming Travis Heights Bungalow with Shaded PorchSoak up Austin vibes in a bright, comfortable 1940s bungalow fully equipped with everything needed for remote working, a relaxing vacation, or business trip. The home has a traditional feel and modern technology, including Google Fiber WiFi and streaming Chromecast TV. Enjoy the butterfly garden, bird feeder, and tree-lined neighborhood from the front porch. Maintained with natural laundry and cleaning products, chemical-free pest control, and an allergy air scrubber with UV light to kill germs. A quiet neighborhood close to downtown, South Congress, Convention Center, Bat Bridge, and more.

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  • Pool
  • Pets allowed
  • Air conditioning
  • Wifi
  • Hot tub

Where to stay in Austin

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University of Texas at Austin
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Stay near Austin's top sights

Texas Capitol
Capitol Building · 475 locals recommend
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The pink-granite building is the centerpiece of downtown Austin, perched on a hill at 12th Street and Congress Avenue. Free guided tours are held daily, starting in the South Foyer, but brochures are also available on the first floor for self-guided tours. The Texas Legislature meets every two years, so you’ll have to check the schedule if you want to see an actual session in progress.

Heena· Austin, TX
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    Stylish New Downtown Condo with Bikes
    $164 per night
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    Quiet, bright corner unit with covered parking
    $115 per night
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    Swede Hill Guest House in Historic East Downtown
    $128 per night
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    Recently Renovated Downtown Studio with Uptown Finishes
    $302 per night
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Park · 794 locals recommend
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Zilker Park is where ACL happens, where a great Zilker Christmas Light Show is, where the Stevie Ray Vaughn bronze is. Close enough to Casa Willow and Holly Neighborhood. Google what is happening at Zilker when you come.

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    Betty’s Bungalow at Barton Springs
    $165 per night
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    Colorful and Quirky Zilker Park Townhouse
    $150 per night
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    Secluded Studio @ Zilker - King Bed, Bright & Airy
    $146 per night
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    Private Zilker Cottage with a Chic Take on Southwest Style
    $191 per night
Lady Bird Lake
River · 433 locals recommend
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A must-do, this famous lake is home to a wide variety of outdoors activities. Pro tip: rent a kayak, paddle board, canoe or boat around sunset time to watch 1.5+ Million bats go out from under the South Congress bridge! You may also make a reservation at a bat sightseeing boat which includes a guided tour.

Paloma· Austin, TX
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    Light-Filled Loft near Lady Bird Lake
    $99 per night
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    East Downtown Austin Modern Condo
    $84 per night
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    Private and Sunny Zilker Cottage
    $125 per night
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    Walk to UT from an Eastside Upper Flat with Treetop Views
    $201 per night

Tips from Austin locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

Always bring water Hopefully you don't buy plastic water bottles still, but definitely bring water wherever you go. i'd invest in a yeti - b/c they're cool and they stay cold for forever!

MaxLives in Austin

What's the best way to get around?

Uber/lyft and local favorite ride austin are all easy to catch from our house. Taxi service is less reliable. all very economical since we live so close to austin's main attractions. public transport consists of buses. go to capmetro website if interested in bus routes.

RobynLives in Austin

Getting around -ride sharing would be the best way to get around if you don't have a car. -rent a car? download the park atx app so you can add time to the meter while you're out and about -the nearest metro (local bus) stop is 1.5miles from our hourse

IanLives in Austin

Get to know the major street names in south austin. Manchaca, lamar, south congress, ben white (aka hwy 71) and mopac (aka loop 1 north) ---- if you get familiar with where these roads are on the map, you'll have an easy time finding your way around. also, it may be helpful to know "manchaca" is pronounced like "mancheck"

AmandaLives in Austin

Uber and lyft are great for austin Download the apps and start riding

CarrieLives in Austin

What should I not miss?

The bats under congress bridge! Head down to the congress bridge, or rent a canoe and park it under the congress bridge around sunset any day and prepare to be amazed with hundreds of thousands of bats as they head out for the night to feast!

MaxLives in Austin

How can I save money on this trip?

Great travis county park (free!) Great primitive trails just ten minutes up 71 toward austin. southeast metropolitan park!

CarrieLives in Austin

What are some local customs?

Matthew mcconaughey, famous austin native & resident says, "we don't honk in austin." We do drive very fast! so, plan ahead a little and it won't be too bad!

CarrieLives in Austin

If you want to bbq on the porch, go to the food locker for farm fresh beef, pork & bacon.. They close at 6pm sharp..

MarshallLives in Austin

If you see a tip jar, anywhere, it means the hourly wage is tragically low. please be generous. It's not just service staff. from sandwich-makers to counter clerks ($5/hour), tip jars alert you to the underpaid population of our town. don't forget the musicians!

PaulaLives in Austin

Your guide to Austin

All About Austin

The Texas capital is a mecca of everything the state does best: inventive cuisine served from its food trucks; live entertainment celebrated at festivals touting music, tech, and extreme sports, and of course the all-essential SXSW; and plenty of outdoor experiences that call for biking, hiking cycling, swimming, bouldering, and kayaking year-round. Downtown Austin is the center of it all, with a thriving arts and shopping scene by day and lively nightlife after the sun sets, especially on Sixth Street and in the Warehouse District. Take a step back in time in South Austin, where beloved restaurants and classic architecture surround the biggest city park. The fast-growing neighborhood of East Austin, an eclectic enclave of food and boutiques, is another great spot to explore.

How do I get around Austin?

With hundreds of daily flights to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), it’s easy to fly deep into the heart of Texas from more than 70 domestic and international destinations. It’s just about a 10-mile drive into Downtown Austin, with busses, shuttles, and rideshares all making the trip. Renting a car is always a good choice for exploring the areas around Austin, but public transportation options are plentiful too. The city’s extensive Capitol Metro Bus System has 83 routes and more than 1,600 stops, and the MetroRail runs along 32 miles from downtown to the city of Leander. Cabs and rideshares are also easy to request, and for shorter distances, there are bike and scooter rentals, as well as pedicabs.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Austin?

Austin boasts 300 sunny days a year, but there’s no denying that the city sizzles in the summer, with July being the hottest month. Average high temperatures are in the 90s Fahrenheit from June through September, with lows only getting into the 70s. Winter is a far more temperate season, with highs in the upper 50s to low 70s and lows dipping into the upper 30s. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons, with highs usually in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 50s to 60s. The clearest skies arrive between July and November, with the highest average days of rain in May.

What are the top things to do in Austin?

Texas Capitol

The Texas state house is as grand in stature as the state is in size, earning a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Made of sunset red Texas granite, the three-story capitol building is the largest in the nation — yes, it’s more than 14 feet higher than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. But the true beauty is in the details, such as the ornate oversized brass door hinges and chandeliers with light bulbs that spell out “T-E-X-A-S.” Take a free half-hour tour or pick up a map to take a self-guided tour.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats

No bat signal needed! One of the most stunning sights in town is this fascinating natural phenomenon as between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats — the largest urban colony on the continent — fly out from under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge every night at dusk.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Founded by Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes in 1982, the 284-acre University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to preserving the state’s native plants, with more than 900 species on site. There’s also an arboretum with more than 70 kinds of Texas’ native trees.