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Austin

2012-afc-austinPhoto credit: Ian Dagnall / Alamy

THE WORST...

  • denotes a Top 10 ranking
  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
People
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
2 Athletic/active
7 Attractive
18 Diverse
13 Driving ability/Good drivers
7 Friendly
5 Intelligent
12 Charming local accent
3 Offbeat
8 Proud of their city
14 Passionate sports fan
13 Stylish
3 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
17 Base for day trips
24 Cultural getaway
28 Family vacation
11 Gay-friendly
11 Girlfriend getaways
4 Pet-friendly vacation
21 Romantic escape
4 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
15 Cocktail lounges
6 Happy hour
3 Music scene
3 Singles scene
15 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
28 Classical music
11 Free attractions
21 Historical sites/monuments
28 Museums/galleries
6 Street performers
22 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
12 Antique stores
14 Flea markets
21 Home decor and design stores
9 Independent boutiques
29 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
3 Barbecue
17 Cafes
12 Coffee
20 Ethnic food
31 Fine-dining restaurants
7 Hamburgers
7 Ice cream
11 Microbrew beer
15 Pizza
2 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
9 Affordability
22 Architecture/Cool buildings
15 Cleanliness
11 Environmental friendliness
28 Range of hotel options
15 Peace and quiet
12 People-watching
11 Public parks and outdoor access
20 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
8 Safety
13 Weather
6 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
26 4th of July
17 Christmas
12 Fall
10 New Year's Eve
8 Spring Break
28 Summer
12 Valentine's Day
9 Winter
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
3 Athletic/active
5 Attractive
24 Diverse
15 Driving ability/Good drivers
6 Friendly
4 Intelligent
14 Charming local accent
3 Offbeat
4 Proud of their city
13 Passionate sports fan
12 Stylish
2 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
15 Base for day trips
24 Cultural getaway
26 Family vacation
10 Gay-friendly
14 Girlfriend getaways
1 Pet-friendly vacation
19 Romantic escape
6 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
10 Cocktail lounges
5 Happy hour
4 Music scene
3 Singles scene
14 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
29 Classical music
8 Free attractions
21 Historical sites/monuments
31 Museums/galleries
7 Street performers
26 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
17 Antique stores
16 Flea markets
22 Home decor and design stores
10 Independent boutiques
27 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
3 Barbecue
21 Cafes
13 Coffee
24 Ethnic food
30 Fine-dining restaurants
16 Hamburgers
6 Ice cream
11 Microbrew beer
23 Pizza
1 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
13 Affordability
20 Architecture/Cool buildings
8 Cleanliness
4 Environmental friendliness
28 Range of hotel options
13 Peace and quiet
9 People-watching
9 Public parks and outdoor access
22 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
7 Safety
14 Weather
1 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
29 4th of July
19 Christmas
13 Fall
12 New Year's Eve
7 Spring Break
29 Summer
13 Valentine's Day
16 Winter
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