One of the great things about Formula 1™ is all of the amazing places it can take you – whether you’re a driver, racing team or fan. With Grand Prix races held in countries all around the world, the opportunities to travel to some pretty exotic places are numerous. One of these places is nestled right here in the United States. Full of southern grace and charm, Austin Texas, is not shy on providing plenty of entertainment for those visiting Circuit of The Americas™.
Are you planning on just being in town for the F1® race weekend? Or were you planning on staying in Austin for the week or longer? Either way, there’s a lot to do for all ages. To help you plan your trip, I’ve compiled a list of three things that you should include in your Austin adventure this November.
So here it is: The Traveler’s Guide to F1® in Austin!
1. Live Music
Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” which means that regardless of what genre of music you prefer, you’ll find it here. In fact, you can find live music all throughout the city at all times of the day, everyday!
The city is also home to several large musical festivals and there are always recording artists coming to town to perform in well-known music venues. Although there are no festivals around the date of Formula 1™ (November 15-17), you should definitely check the concert schedules in Austin. You never know when one of your favorite musicians might be stopping through on tour.
Downtown Austin has its own unique culture. With a mix of hippie and modern street style, it’s flooded with restaurants, bars, music, museums and entertainment. If you’re looking for a bite to eat that is unique to Austin, you’ll have an array of selections here in the heart of the city. If it’s Austin’s history you’re seeking, there are plenty of tours that run all day long that you can be a part of.
If it’s nightlife you’re looking for, you’ll find that here too. The most popular area is 6th Street, also known as Pecan Street. It is full of older, historical buildings that were converted into bars, art galleries, music venues and cafes. This is where Austin comes alive after dark.
3. The Great Outdoors
If you want to get out of Austin for the day and really experience the great outdoors, you don’t have to go far. Mount Bonnell is a great place to get away. It’s the highest point in Austin at 775 feet. The hike is not too difficult and it gives a spectacular view of the city and lake.
Zilker Metropolitan Park is also a great place to visit. Although it’s inside the city, the tranquility it offers makes you quickly forget that. The park houses Barton Springs, a popular spot to cool off in Austin, and Town Lake, where you can rent kayaks, row boats and canoes. In addition, there is a miniature train that children can ride.
The park also offers volleyball courts, a disc golf course, and several fields for those that want to be more active. Plus, it is home to the Zilker Botanical Gardens.
Lake Travis is also not far from Austin and offers an abundance of water sport activities. If you’re experiencing a hot day while you’re in Austin for F1®, feel free to try-out one of the water sports. And if it’s a cooler day, you can rent a boat for your group and go for a leisurely cruise on the water.
F1® in Austin
Clearly, there is a lot to do in Austin! But now, let’s talk about the real reason you’re going: Formula 1™. If you already have your Official Ticket Package for the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, congratulations! You’re ahead of the game.
If you don’t, don’t wait any longer! Circuit of The Americas™ Experiences Official Ticket Packages come with VIP hospitality and inclusions that you are not going to want to miss out on, such as meeting racing legends and parties!
Find out how you can book your trip to Austin, Texas for the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ today!