The 2013 APS-MSA Joint Meeting will be held August 10–14 in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
The state capital of Texas, Austin, and its resident "Austinites" pride themselves on an independent city full of culture and numerous small businesses, as well as on a unique city image that differentiates them from the rest of Texas, supported by their unofficial slogan, "Keep Austin Weird". One of these many "weirdnesses" may be the amount of green spaces and plant life that the city boasts, contrary to the majority of Texas cities. In fact, in the late 1800s, Austin was called the "City of the Violet Crown" because of the winter-blooming violets that grace the hills surrounding the city.
Austin is widely known as the "Live Music Capitol of the World" because of its nearly 200 music venues featuring live music every night of the week. Whether this is your first trip to Austin and you need some help navigating the music scene or you come here regularly and want to scope out the venues closest to your hotel, www.austintexas.org can be very helpful.
Austin's restaurant scene is extensive and certainly has more to offer than just barbeque! Browse restaurants, read reviews, and even make reservations here!
And if you are more excited by outdoor activities and sports than by dining and music, Austin still aims to please! With a diverse arts scene, abundant historical landmarks, wine country, and ample golfing opportunities, Austin truly offers something for everyone!
Getting to Austin
Austin is located in central Texas along Interstate Highway 35. Precise driving instructions to your hotel can easily be created and downloaded or printed on Google Maps.
The nearest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Taxi service is available from the airport to the downtown area and costs approximately $22–25. Here are a few local taxi companies:
Yellow Cab: 512-452-9999
Austin Cab: 512-478-2222
Lone Star Cab: 512-836-4900
Capital Metro – Airport Express Shuttle is available from the airport to downtown. Fare is $1.00 each way with several downtown stops (Route #100). Visit the website for more information.
SuperShuttle service from the airport to downtown is available for $13 each way plus $1.30 fuel surcharge. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website or by calling 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826).
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers several onsite rental car options including Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz. Visit the airport website for a complete listing.
Keep in mind when making your travel plans that the Final Night Party is now Wednesday night. Plan your stay through Thursday morning so you don't miss out!