Sponsor: NAIS at UT

Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Sponsor: Liberal Arts, Texas A&M

Liberal Arts at Texas A & M University

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Ground Transportation

Airport Shuttle

SuperShuttle “Shared Ride” and ExecuCar “Private Sedan/SUV” both provide transportation from the airport to and from the Hilton. Make reservations at www.SuperShuttle.com or www.ExecuCar.com, and use code HILTN for a 5% discount off published online fare.

Car Rentals

ABIA International Airport is served by several car rental agencies. Renting a car through Car2Go is also a possibility. See: https://www.car2go.com/common/data/locations/usa/austin/The_Parking_Spot_Austin.pdf for directions on picking up a Car2Go from the airport or returning a Car2Go to the airport.

Avis Car Rental  http://www.avis.com/car-rental/html/landing/austin-rental.html
Budget-Rent-A-Car  http://www.budget.com/budgetWeb/html/rentals/austin-rental.html
Enterprise Rent A Car  http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=1031&xparm=austin-car-rental
Hertz  http://www.hertz.com/ 
Thrifty Car Rental  http://www.thrifty.com/local/index.aspx?LocationCode=AUS


Yellow Cab  http://www.yellowcabaustin.com/
Austin Cab Company  http://austincab.com/
Lone Star Cab Co.  http://lonestarcabaustin.com/
Shire Taxi  http://shiretaxi.com/

Public Transit

Take the 100 Airport Flyer from the airport to Trinity and 4th. Walk 0.12 miles east to the Hilton.

For further details on Fares and Passes visit: http://www.capmetro.org/

Directions From Airport to downtown:

Exit the airport and take Highway 71 west approximately 5.5 miles to I-35. Merge onto I-35 North and take exit 234C. Turn left at the first stop light (6th Street). Travel west on 6th street 4 blocks. Turn left onto Neches. The hotel is on the left on the corner of 5th & Neches.

Driving Directions

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Directions to the Hilton Austin,

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Phone:(512) 482-8000

From Austin Bergstrom International Airport:

The Hilton Austin is about 11 miles from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Take Bastrop Hwy TX-71 W (TX-71 becomes E. Ben White Blvd) for 5.6 miles. Turn slight right onto S I-35 (.2 miles). Merge onto I-35 N / US-290 E / US-81N (2.8 miles). Take Exit 234B toward 2nd-4th Streets / 1st Street / Cesar Chavez (.1 miles). Stay straight to go onto I-35 N (.1 miles). Turn left onto E. 1st Street / Turn right onto Trinity / Turn right onto 5th Street. Facility is on your right.

From I-35 North (Dallas, Ft. Worth):

Go South on I-35. Take Exit 234B  / Turn right onto E 4th Street. / Facility is on your right in the third block.

From I-35 South (Houston, San Antonio):

Go North on I-35. Take Exit 234B toward 2nd-4th Streets / 1st Street / Cesar Chavez (.1 miles). Stay straight to go onto I-35 N (.1 miles). Turn left onto E. 1st Street / Turn right onto Trinity / Turn right onto 5th Street. Facility is on your right.

From Loop 1 (N. Mo-pac):

Take TX-1 Loop S / N MO-PAC Expy. Take the 5th Street / 1st Street exit. Take the 5th Street ramp.  Facility is on your right, after Neches St..

From Loop 1 (S. Mo-pac):

Take TX-1 Loop N / S MO-PAC Expy. Take the 5th Street / Lake Austin Blvd. / 1st Street exit. Merge onto 5th Street. Facility is on your right, after Neches St.

Traveling from outside the United States?

Remember to bring your passport! For details on required documents and how to get them, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Page.

Flying to Austin

Austin is serviced by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/airport for more information or see our Transportation Section for information on transit from the airport to your hotel or to the Hilton Austin.



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Austin is the capital of Texas, home to the flagship University of Texas at Austin, and the live music capital of the world.

Austin is home to many industries: universities and seminaries, the state government, the music industry (including the long-running PBS-TV concert series Austin City Limits, and the ACL and SXSW music festivals), high technology (AMD, Dell, Silicon Labs, etc.); and a range of other businesses and agriculture. Austin is a “clean air city” — no-smoking ordinances govern all public places, buildings, and  restaurants.

It will be hot, bright, and most likely dry while you are here! Dress light, bring sunscreen and sunglasses, and stay hydrated.


Local Restaurants

Austin has a wide range of restaurants, many world-renowned, and many within walking distance of the Hilton Austin.


Koriente, Asian fusion, on 7th near Red River

Easy Tiger, sausage and beer hall, 709 E 6th St

Wink, American, 1014 N Lamar Blvd

Cafe Crepe, French, breakfast and brunch, 200 San Jacinto Blvd

Whole Foods Market, 525 Lamar

Chez Nous, French, 510 Neches St

Malaga Tapas & Bar, Spanish, 440 W 2nd St

G’Raj Mahal, Indian, 91 Red River Street

La Traviata, Italian, 314 Congress Ave

Roaring Fork, American, 701 Congress Ave

Banger’s, sausage, 79 Rainey St.

El Naranjo, Mexican, 85 Rainey St.

Close to Campus:

The Clay Pit, Indian, fairly close to campus, 1601 Guadalupe St

Teji’s, Indian, very close to campus, 2100 B Guadalupe St

Einstein Brothers Bagels, 2404 Guadalupe St

Coco’s Cafe, Asian, 1910 Guadalupe St

In addition to restaurants, Austin is famous for its food trucks. There are a few on 7th west of Congress, then a few on 5th east of Congress. More can be found on East 6th st. and behind various bars downtown.


The Austin website will have all the details on events and activities to enjoy during your visit. You can also check out our list below for a few ideas.

Relax and cool off at Austin’s famous Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre pool fed from underwater springs, where the average temperature is a refreshing 70 degrees. Located just south of downtown at 2201 Barton Springs Rd., Barton Springs is a nice place to enjoy the sunny Texas weather. Entrance is $3 per adult, and the pool is closed on Thursdays.

Another option for those with a car is Hamilton Pool Preserve, just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs. Entrance to the preserve is $10, cash or check only.

A closer option is to rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board at Lady Bird Lake (also called Town Lake), just south of downtown.

To get out of the heat, check out the Blanton Museum on campus, a renowned fine arts museum.

Austin is famous for its bats! Look for the Congress Street bats around dusk.


 Conference Accommodations:

Hilton Downtown (conference hotel):

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 – (512) 482-8000

Conference rates:

King room – single $189, double $189, triple $209, quadruple $229

2 Queen room –  single $189, double $189, triple $209, quadruple $229

Go here to book your reservation at the conference rate.


Dormitory Rooms at University of Texas at Austin

A limited number of dormitory rooms are available at rates of $40/single and $50/double. These accommodations will have shared bathrooms and they are accessible. The dorms are located approximately 1.9 miles from the conference hotel.

Checking in:

Jester West Dormitory is located at the corner of Speedway and 21st, on UT’s campus. Street address: 201 E. 21st Street.  The phone number for Jester West’s front desk is  512-471-3944.

When you arrive at Jester West Dormitory, you’ll check in at the front desk. Check-in hours are from 3-5PM, but someone will be at the desk to check you in 24/7 if your travel plans get you to Austin earlier or later in the day.

Getting to the Conference:

We’ll run shuttles between the dorms and the Hilton from 7:15-9:15AM and from 6-8PM Thurs-Saturday.

If you’d like to use public transport to get to the Hilton or around town during other times, you can plan trips using CapMetro’s website: (http://www.capmetro.org/app/?gclid=CJuLjdS4tb0CFVFp7AodaFkAkQ). Bus stops at 21st and Speedway or 21st and San Jacinto are closest to the dormitories.

Please contact Colleen Eils at colleen.eils@utexas.edu with questions.


Other Accommodations:

No conference rates available at these hotels. Austin has a wide range of hotels for many tastes. These are just a few downtown.

Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol

 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701 – (512) 478-1111

Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – (512) 439-1234

Holiday Inn Austin – Town Lake

20 North I-35 Austin, TX 78701

Book online or call: 1 800 593 5676

DoubleTree Hotel Suites

303 W 15th St, Austin, TX ‎ – (512) 478-7000

Four Seasons

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 – (512) 478-4500