The Texas capital is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live, and in our opinion, it's one of the best places to travel to! There are endless options for entertainment, from live music and performances, to specialty food, art, and multiple museums. Check out some of our favorite reasons to take a trip to Austin.
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Known as "The Live Music Capital of the World," Austin boasts the most music venues per capita of any city in the U.S. Not only is there a vibrant live music scene downtown, but also renowned music festivals like South by Southwest, and Austin City Limits. Music is an integral part of the nightlife, so expect to see local bands playing on stage at the various bars and pubs along 6th street.
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Home to more than 1,000 mobile food trucks, the fare in Austin draws inspiration from Mexican and Americana favorites. You'll find world class smoked brisket, frozen cocoa, and the beloved Torchy's Taco's being whipped up and served on the go. Austin also has numerous food trailer parks that provide seating, games, and a fun atmosphere that you can enjoy while sampling some of the city's food trucks.
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Austin has no shortage of creative cocktails, craft beer, and local wine to offer visitors. Tour the famous Tito's Vodka or Deep Eddy Distilleries to taste handmade batches of vodka. For the beer lovers, there are plenty of local breweries that offer tours, tastings, and hoppy hours. You can even take a "Brew Bus" to safely get around to different taprooms in the city.
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If you're looking for outdoor activity in the city, You can go swimming, hiking, kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding at Ladybird Lake. Located in the heart of Austin, the lake lends tranquility and natural beauty to the growing urban area. Cool off in Barton Springs Pool, the largest spring fed pool in the country, or Deep Eddy, the oldest man made pool in Texas. The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, and at dusk up to 1.5 million bats will fly out in an incredible show that hundreds gather to watch.