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A shining hotspot of counterculture and all things hip, Austin is perhaps the quirkiest city in the South—and it’s very proud of that weirdness. But there’s much more to Austin than it’s vibrant culture; it’s also the capital of Texas and host to some of the best cuisine, activities, and events in the Lone Star State. Whether you’re looking to bar hop, boot, scoot, swim, hike, or soak in the history, Austin’s got enough to keep you on your toes.

Of course, as the capital, you can rest assured that there’s plenty of history around town that’s just begging to be explored. The Capitol Building is appropriately Texas sized (meaning that it’s larger than any other in the country) and its opulence and grandeur certainly make it worth a visit. And if you feel like diving deeper into Austin’s history you’ll find everything from a Texas History Museum to the LBJ Presidential Library. But it’s not all about the past; Austin has come to stand as a pillar of progressiveness, and from its bustling cafe scene and its delicious breweries to the amazing number of boutiques to the immense outdoors just begging to be discovered, you may find yourself braving the Texas heat to get outside and soak it all in for yourself.

While you’re out and about, you’ll probably find yourself feeling a bit peckish, and in Austin, that just leads to another adventure! Whether you’re feeling BBQ brisket or sushi, you should find just what you’re craving. There are also a staggering number of food trucks dishing out everything from Hawaiian-Korean comfort food to good ol’ American standbys. And what’s on tap for the nighttime? That’s up to you! Calling Austin’s live music scene extensive would be an understatement and you’ll find everything from dive bars, clubs, and theaters playing live music nightly. Check out 6th Street and you’ll be spoiled for choice. But you’ll also find plenty of wine bars, tap houses, and speakeasy to enjoy Austin’s vibrant nightlife culture. Whatever way you take your night, Austin has a watering hole to suit.

Austin is a special city: it’s the proud capital of Texas, and it’s one of the countercultural meccas of the country. It’s as historical as it is progressive, as down-to-earth as it is sophisticated. You can do just as much exploring inside as you can outside, and while the lakes and parks may tempt you, you may just find the amazing museums and sites just as alluring. But no matter how you travel or where you find yourself, just remember one thing: keep Austin weird.


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