Picture Yourself Here: Austin Spotlight
Lane continues to help shape cities across the United States through sustainable highway and bridge infrastructure projects, laying the foundation for a better future. In Austin, Texas, a city poised for unprecedented growth, Lane’s Phase III Extension of 183A Tollway is helping to alleviate future congestion in and around the capital city. Check out our #photostory to see why Austin is the best place to begin your new career at Lane!
For the third year in a row, Austin was recently rated the number one place to live in America and is one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States. It offers a fun mix of small-town neighborhoods with big city adventure. The city is packed with music venues, museums, outdoor activities, both on and off the water, and an outstanding culinary scene.
Austin also manages to top the charts as one of the fittest cities in America, and with 300 plus days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees it is not difficult to understand why. With endless options of activities from paddle boarding and kayaking on Lake Travis to strolls along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, you won’t have any trouble finding fun outdoor activities to do. Austin also offers many local swimming holes such as Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools as well as a few water parks in the Texas Hill Country, perfect for day trips with the kids. If you don’t want to travel too far from downtown, but still desire an outdoor adventure, Zilker Park is a great choice. Known as the “jewel in the heart of Austin” the 351-acre park features a botanical garden, great views of Austin’s skyline, a natural spring-fed swimming pool, paddle boarding, and a sculpture garden.
Outdoor dining is a must when there are so many culinary delights to indulge in throughout the Austin area. From classic Tex-mex and backyard-style barbeque, to upscale dining and hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving tasty breakfast tacos, you do not have to look far for a mouthwatering meal. Texas itself is known for some of the best barbeque, but Franklin Barbeque in Austin is arguably one of the best in the country. And since the pandemic the award-winning restaurant has become more accessible to diners with its grab-and-go options. If you’re looking to treat yourself to an upscale sushi dining experience, Otoko is the spot for you, or if roadside Mexican cuisine is more your style, Nixta Taqueria is the place to be. These are just a few of the culinary options in a city that has quickly made a name for itself in the gastronomic world.
Not only is Austin the capital of Texas, but it is also known as the live music capital of the world! It’s home to some of the biggest stages such as South By Southwest (SXSW) known for showcasing new, developing, and established artists as well as the Moody Center at the University of Texas, Austin’s newest venue which is home to the university’s women’s and men’s basketball games, family shows, and other local events. But its main feature is the over 150 nights a year of live music entertainment. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, located facing the city skyline, is a great gathering place for anyone to enjoy outdoor live arts and entertainment while also taking in the gorgeous city views! If a historical venue is more your speed, then head down to the Continental Club. Having opened its doors in 1955 it is one of the oldest continuously running clubs in Austin and has effectively established itself as a historical landmark in the city.
Texas has a large number of museums featuring its rich history, but to really get the full Texas immersion experience you must head to the Bullock Museum, the official history museum of the State of Texas. The Bullock Museum offers a family-friendly walk down Texas history through the display of artifacts from around the world, films, community events, field trips, and yearlong exhibitions perfect for all ages. Austin also offers the LBJ Presidential Library, the Blanton Museum of Art, Thinkery, and the Texas Capitol Building, all covering a variety of Texan history!
What is most unique about Austin is the people that live there. Famous for attracting innovative, kind, and inspiring people, Austinites are known for their welcoming spirit and dedication to the community. You really do get the best of both worlds with a big city feel and small town charm. So when you move to Austin to join the Lane team, keep in mind the city’s motto “Keep Austin Weird” and embrace all the creative fun loving brilliance the city has to offer you!