Why Texas? Why Austin?
"It's like a whole other country." You've heard it said that everything in Texas is "larger than life." Texas is well known for its legends, heroes, cowboys and barbeque, and is fast becoming known for its great trails and greenways.
Texas is a vast state 267,000 square miles to be exact with abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. As part of your trip to the 17th National Trails Symposium, visit one of Texas' 120 state parks and historic sites. Head on over to the coast and catch some rays (or fish). Head westward and camp in one of America's favorite national parks Big Bend National Park. Tour the Central Texas Hill Country, best described as "music, rolling hills, spring-fed rivers, and dude ranches." There is something for everyone in Texas. Plan your trip by visiting: www.traveltex.com, www.tpwd.state.tx.us, and www.texastrails.org.
Austin is the geographic and political center of the Lone Star State. It stands as the gateway to the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes. As the state capital and home to the University of Texas, the city supports a politically charged and culturally rich environment. Its hip, trendy, high-tech, and health-conscious society crowds the over 100 miles of trails throughout the Austin metroplex! Austin is internationally renowned for its Town Lake complete with 10 miles of hike and bike trails where joggers, walkers, cyclists, and water trail users can be found at any hour of the day. The conference hotels sit right on the Town Lake Trail, with trails right out your back door! With emphasis placed on sustaining their environment, Austin leaders have partnered with numerous developers, organizations, and citizen groups to protect and preserve what makes Austin so unique its natural resources!
Information on canoeing, kayaking, & sculling concessionaires will be available at the Symposium Trailhead Information Booth.
Austin has a Natural Appeal
Blessed with a temperate year-round climate and 300 days of sunshine a year, Austinites live for the outdoors. Nature trails, parks, and wilderness preserves create an oasis in the heart of the city or is it a "city within a park?" The media has long had a fondness for Austin, the "Live Music Capital of the World," ranking it consistently among the best places in America for residents and visitors:
The conference hotels overlook Town Lake, with trails right out your back door! Austin leaders have partnered with developers, organizations, and citizen groups to protect and preserve what makes Austin so unique its natural resources!
Attendees also enjoy a rich downtown environment with plenty of entertainment, including live music, at more than 100 venues on any given evening. They're also just steps away from the famous Sixth Street and Warehouse District areas and Austin's 13 registered national historic districts. The free shuttle service makes getting around town extremely easy.
So, what is there to do in Austin? What isn't there to do?
Other points of interest in Austin
The Austin Convention Center is the site of the 17 th National Trails Symposium. The 900,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Convention Center has inspired new development in downtown Austin (see map). Attendees of the Symposium will enjoy a rich downtown environment with plenty of entertainment, including live music playing at more than 100 venues on any given evening. You'll also be just steps away from the famous Sixth Street and Warehouse District areas and Austin's 13 registered national historic districts. The free 'Dillo shuttle service makes getting around town extremely easy. Congress Ave. Bridge ~ Largest Urban Bat Colony in America
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.austintexas.org.