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The defining feature of the Austin skyline is change. Blink and you'll miss another skyscraper appear, like the 56-story residential tower Austonian, the 44-floor 360 Condos and the architecturally stunning new Courthouse. Austonians joke that the city bird is the construction crane. But where the skyline meets the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake), buff locals hit the Hike and Bike Trail. Flat lake waters are ideal for the latest trend: stand-up paddling. Pedestrians dodge orange construction cones on city streets to get hot dogs at Frank and prime seafood and steak at Eddie V's. Ditch your car at the State Capitol, which welcomes visitors with free parking.
Read more about Austin's Downtown on Hipmunk's Downtown Neighborhood Guide.
Dusty boots and killer apps let you know you've arrived in Austin, along with its changing downtown skyline, East Austin honky-tonks, Dirty Sixth bars and Rainey Street bungalows. Even between annual editions of SXSW, the crowd stays loud and interactive in Austin's Warehouse District.
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