A Five Star Vacation in the Lone Star State: 10 Trip Apps For Austin, Texas

A Five Star Vacation in the Lone Star State: 10 Trip Apps For Austin, Texas

Jason Rodway
Mar 20, 2013

Within the heart of Texas lies a city which proudly boasts its goal to "keep things weird". And you only need to check out our archive of House Tours from Austin to realize the city lives up to its unique standards, making it a destination for lovers of music, food, art, and crafts. Here's how to get the most from the Live Music Capital of the World while in Austin from the palm of your hands...

Getting Around & Accommodations

Left: TransitTimes Austin - Right: Hotels +

TransitTimes Austin
Austin offers solid public transportation, especially useful if you're there for the vibrant bar and music venue scenes, and this app will help you maneuver through the city via Capital Metros buses and above-ground railway. With offline schedules available, you won't need to accumulate expensive roaming fees on your next phone bill while keeping tabs on when the next will be and how to efficiently commute like a true Austinite. $3
Also available for Android

Austin Hotels +
So you've arrived in Austin, but did it on a whim and don't yet have a place to stay? No problem. Hotels+ can help pinpoint lodgings, whether you want to stay in a quaint B&B or a reasonably priced hotel. An added bonus is listings for point of interests surrounding hotels so you can find somewhere to eat that's close by once you've checked-in. Free

City Maps & Shopping Guide

Left: Austin Offline Map Travel Guide - Right: Go Austin

Austin Offline Map Travel Guide
Here's a Swiss-army knife app handy for any visitor to Austin. offline map of Austin with point of interest functions thrown in for good measure. Not only will you find your way around town with ease but you'll be able to find places to eat, lodging, landmarks, museums, gas stations and more. Although it may be pricy, it's compatible cross platform so your iPad can come along for the ride as well. $5
Also available for Windows Phone

Go Austin
The Austin community promotes small businesses and if you're looking to find the best in indie retailers, Go Austin can navigate you to one-of-a-kind, local products authentically Austin. Go Austin even offers coupons and summarizes deals nearby, to save money (and headaches). Free
Also available for iOS

Tourist Attractions

Left: Austin Offline Travel Guide - Right: Austin Smart Travel Guide

Austin Offline Travel Guide
Austin Offline Travel Guide has a wealth of information available for travelers, including a long list of Austin's attractions with details, visitor reviews, opening/closing hours, and prices. A pin hotel option is particularly useful for first time Austin visitors, allowing the digital equivalent of a breadcrumb trail back to your hotel. Additionally ATMs, restaurants, drugstores, and other resources are listed for easy discovery while in town. $4

Austin Smart Travel Guide
Getting started in Austin can be overwhelming...there's so much to do! Enter City Bots Day Planner, an itinerary app that builds a day's plan using users' reviews and personalized details. All City Bot needs is your mode of transport, how long you'll be staying, and activities you are most interested in. With this information an itinerary is created and built to your specifications, from commuting to availability. From there, it's up to you to explore what Austin has to offer! Free
Also available for iOS

Wine and Dine

Left: Austin Food Carts - Right: InBloom: The Eco App

Austin Food Carts
Sometimes when visiting a new city, getting a bite to eat and staying on a tight schedule can be tough. Fortunately, if you're in Austin, you're in not only a foodie-friendly town, but also one populated by an array of tasty food carts. Austin Food Cart will help you find what your taste buds are hankering for, whether it's a filling lunch, taste dessert, or ethnic foods, or some good ole BBQ, serving up both locations of each food cart/trailer, and also the menus. Free

InBloom: The Eco App
Austin is renown for it eco-friendly community. InBloom is a restaurant locator those seeking out positive, earth-conscious eateries based on characteristics such as organic, locavore, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or paleo-friendly diets. Initially launched for New York, but recently updated with listings for Austin (with more cities to follow), InBloom was created by musicians Andy Ross of OK Go and Eytan Oren of Eytan/The Embassy. Free

Nightlife and Traveling Necessities

Left: Austin Like a Local - Right: NetStash

Austin Like a Local
It'd be a crime to stay in Austin and not catch a live musical performance. After all, we're talking about the 'Live Music Capital of the World', with world-famous venues like the Continental Club, Broken Spoke, Antone's and Cactus Club. Austin Like a Local promises 100 of the best unique locations to enjoy the cities nightlife, straight from people who know how much Austin truly rocks! $2

As pointed out by a helpful reader in a previous Seattle-centric apps roundup, NetStash is great for those long waits at the airport or where an internet connection just isn't an option. You can download entire websites for offline reading and browsing ahead of time at your discretion. Fantastic idea especially for those with restless thumb syndrome. Free

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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