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Austin

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THE WORST...

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  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
13 Fall
9 New Year's Eve
10 Spring Break
25 Summer
17 Winter
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
26 Classical music
27 Historical sites/monuments
31 Museums/galleries
20 Theater/performance art
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
30 Big-name restaurants
20 Ethnic food
14 Farmers' markets
10 Neighborhood joints and cafes
Hotels
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
15 Affordable hotels
16 All-in-one resorts
15 B&Bs/Inns
27 Big-name luxury hotels
27 Business hotels
23 Stylish boutique hotels
Local Specialties
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
3 Barbecue
8 Coffee
5 Hamburgers
20 Microbrew beer
18 Pizza
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
7 Cocktail hour
2 Live music/concerts and bands
2 Singles/bar scene
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
2 Athletic/active
5 Attractive
15 Diverse
5 Friendly
5 Intelligent
10 Stylish
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
8 Cleanliness
4 Environmental friendliness
25 Noteworthy neighborhoods
15 Peace and quiet
8 People-watching
11 Public parks and outdoor access
19 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
9 Safety
17 Skyline/views
15 Weather
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
18 Antique stores
22 Home decor and design stores
13 Independent boutiques
26 Luxury stores
9 Vintage shops and flea markets
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
13 Affordable getaway
22 Cultural getaway
24 Family vacation
16 Relaxing retreat
23 Romantic escape
5 Wild weekend
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