MotoGP fans from around the world will be headed to Austin in April 2016 to witness MotoGP Austin 2016 at Circuit of The Americas. Talk about one of the most exciting sporting events you will ever experience!
If you are considering traveling to Austin and MotoGP Austin 2016, you are right on track to having the time of your life. But you also might want a few travel tips and other related information, right? Right. Well, I am here to help you out and be your tour guide for the next few minutes!
From travel tips, to what to expect, to how to attend, here’s your travel guide to Austin, Texas and MotoGP Austin 2016.
Austin, Texas is one happening place, making it a fantastic location for MotoGP Austin 2016. With so much to do for someone of any age and with any interest, it is one place you will enjoy visiting and exploring.
Austin is known for its culture and creativity and is a prime destination for lovers of music, comedy, filmmaking, and food. You can experience incredible live music in genres such as country, rock, folk, jazz, Celtic and bluegrass. When it comes to food, Austin has you covered. We’re talking barbecue joints, Tex-Mex eateries, and more than 1, 500 food trucks around the city. Yes, you read that correctly! If you also love to laugh (who doesn’t?), Austin’s famous comedy clubs are right up your alley.
Spring and fall are the best times to visit, with temperatures hovering in the 70s and 80s. The weather is warm enough to wear shorts and swim outdoors, but thankfully, it’s not sweltering like it is during the summer.
If you are traveling by air, you’ll want to fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The airport is of moderate size and easy to navigate. Don’t worry; you shouldn’t get lost. Also, for those of you traveling from outside the United States, make sure you have your passport. You’ll also be happy to know Circuit of The Americas is only 15 minutes from the airport!
To get around the city, Austin has a Capitol Metro transit system with buses that run on a schedule. Renting a car is a very practical option, especially if you want to visit outlying areas of the city. Parking is usually not an issue with the exception of downtown on Friday and Saturday nights. The good news is, most parking is free! However, you need to be aware of toll roads throughout the city.
As I mentioned earlier, there is so much to do in Austin. Here is a list of must-see places:
Zilker Park and Botanical Garden: This 347-acre park is home to several of Austin’s most popular attractions. Spend a few hours swimming, canoeing or digging up fossils. Take a stroll among the beautiful flowers in the Zilker Botanical Garden. Kick back and enjoy the open space!
Barton Springs Pool: Located in Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is one of Austin’s most famous landmarks and the most popular swimming hole in the city. This 900-foot-long pool averages 68 degrees throughout the year and offers a nice respite from the Texas heat.
Bats of the Congress Avenue Bridge: Austin is home to the largest urban bat population in North America. Every spring, the bats migrate from Mexico to the Congress Avenue Bridge. Stand on the bridge at dusk and watch over 1 million bats emerge into the sky!
6th Street: Most visitors to Austin compare 6th street to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. With that being said, your trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” wouldn’t be complete without strolling 6th street and visiting local bars, restaurants, shops and live-music joints.
Texas State Capitol: Since Austin is the capital of Texas, it only makes sense to visit and tour the Texas State Capitol which stands 302 feet high.
MotoGP is one of the most exhilarating sporting events you will ever witness. It is THE premier motorcycle racing World Championship with 18 worldwide races, 8 months of competition and one Champion crowned victor.
Established in 1949, MotoGP is the oldest motorsports championship in the world. It has a rich history with events that span the globe in countries such as Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Australia, and the USA.
Circuit of The Americas, the Grand Prix facility in Austin, has a 5.5 km (3.43 miles) track and a capacity for 120, 000 fans. The circuit has several distinctive features with a mix of fast straights and tight hairpins and also has a total of 20 corners with 9 right turns and 11 left turns. MotoGP does 21 laps around the track for a total distance of 115.8 km (72.0 miles).
The races are primarily known for two things: speed and crashes. Expect to see riders hit top speeds of 200 mph and reach lean angles of 64 degrees. You will definitely need to prepare your heart to experience so many thrills and chills as you watch riders take the stage and go head to head!
You want to pick a seating location that will give you the exciting action you desire most. The Paddock Building has privileged views of the start/finish line, the pit lane, the final turn and the MotoGP Paddock.
The Main Grandstand will give you an up close experience with views of the starting grid, Turn 1, the final turn, the finish line, the pit area and 3 large screens, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. .