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Vacation rental houses in Austin

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Top-rated houses in Austin

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Private room · East Austin
Urban Homestead, 5 minutes to downtown
Come stay in a French-country inspired house walking distance to 6th St, minutes away from Franklin's BBQ (#1 BBQ in US), VIA 313, Veracruz Tacos, Launderette Eat farm fresh eggs from the backyard... my Golden Girls will thank you for being a friend.
Nov 16 – 23
$65 per night
Private room · East Austin
Clean, private room in trendy East Austin house.
Clean and cozy home in East Austin. Very close to Lady Bird Lake and Downtown Austin. Great location.
Dec 19 – 26
$79 per night
Superhost
Private room · Southeast Austin
The Blue Room
Comfortable room in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in South Austin. Located minutes away from McKenny Falls, downtown, formula 1, St Edwards University, and the Airport. The Bathroom across the hall is shared, as well as kitchen and living room. I have a cat whole lives in the property, but mostly hangs out in the garage. He does not go into the guest rooms. There is free street parking, and usually plenty of spaces directly out front.
Nov 17 – 24
$32 per night
Superhost

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Where to stay in Austin

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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South Congress
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Downtown
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University of Texas at Austin
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Zilker
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Hyde Park
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Southpark Meadows

Stay near Austin's top sights

Texas Capitol
Capitol Building · 510 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
Heena· Austin, TX
  • Apartment · East Austin
    Bright & Modern Eastside Studio near airport & DT
    Nov 9 – 16
    $74 per night
  • Guesthouse · Central Austin
    Walkable Tarrytown Guest House with Private Patio
    Nov 15 – 22
    $75 per night
    Superhost
  • Apartment · Barton Hills
    Walk to ACL Fest & Barton Springs | Zilker Studio
    Nov 28 – Dec 5
    $105 per night
    Superhost
  • Guesthouse · Central Austin
    The Hyde Park Hideaway | Centrally-Located | Cozy
    Jan 3 – 10
    $90 per night
    Superhost
Zilker Metropolitan Park
Park · 787 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.

Priscilla
Priscilla
  • Guesthouse · Zilker
    Secluded Urban Backyard Studio - Zilker Cabin
    Dec 6 – 13
    $92 per night
    Superhost
  • Apartment · South Lamar
    Beachy 1-bedroom apartment w/ free parking!
    Dec 25 – Jan 1
    $82 per night
    Superhost
  • Guesthouse · Central Austin
    Designer Studio 1 mile from Downtown & Zilker Park
    Dec 5 – 12
    $124 per night
    Superhost
  • Condo · Riverside
    NEW Bright Condo near Lake, Downtown, & S Congress
    Jan 20 – 27
    $99 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Austin

Townhouse · Austin
Groovy Townhouse near South Congress!
Dec 15 – 22
$111 per night
Superhost
Bungalow · South Austin
Modern South Austin Micro-unit (Monthly rental)
Oct 31 – Nov 7
$54 per night
Superhost
Condo · Travis Heights
DT Upper condo walking distance to South Congress
Feb 22 – Mar 1
$96 per night
Superhost
Apartment · East Austin
Mint House The Hatchery: Loft Apartment
Dec 14 – 21
$150 per night
Guesthouse · Central Austin
Private North Hyde Park Guesthouse
Mar 28 – Apr 4
$73 per night
Superhost
Cabin · Austin
Bohemian Cottage in Austin's Hollywood Hills-RELAX
Dec 13 – 20
$94 per night
Apartment · Riverside
* Classy Stay Near Downtown Austin *
Nov 21 – 28
$93 per night
Superhost
Guest suite · Austin
Lovely Nook in the Sky
Feb 5 – 12
$68 per night
Private room · Central Austin
Master 1 bedroom in vintage Austin home
Dec 5 – 12
$48 per night
Private room · Austin
Bedroom 2 with shared bathroom
Mar 24 – 31
$35 per night
Superhost
Private room · Riverside
“BEST PLACE TO STAY”
Sep 26 – Oct 3
$61 per night
Superhost
Private room · Southeast Austin
Private South Austin Room
Nov 17 – 24
$49 per night
Superhost

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!

Max
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.

Robyn
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

Ian
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"

Amanda
AmandaLives in Austin

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

Carrie
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!

Max
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!

Carrie
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!

Carrie
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..

Marshall
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!

Paula
PaulaLives in Austin

Your guide to Austin

Introduction

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.


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 for a vacation, 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.

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