These days Austin is not only big in Texas, but in the nation as well. Thanks to the establishment of the University of Texas, the state’s eclectic and wildly popular capital spawned and has grown into a magnet for music, food and new business. Not to mention the city is mighty affordable, too. With a combination of college influence from the resident University of Texas, the standard agent of Texas pride and a commitment to music, Austin has a vibe all its own. Known as “the Live Music Capital of the World,” the city’s bars and music venues that rise to famous artists like Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin continue to be a focal point of Austin’s culture.
Things Not to Miss in Austin
• Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
• Admiring the architecture of the Texas State Capitol
• Horseback riding at Travaasa Austin
• Brunch at Kerbey Lane Cafe
• Bats in the evening under the Congress Bridge
• Guero’s Taco Bar
• Strolling through Zilker Park
When to Go to Austin
The best times to travel to Austin are between the months of September and November or March and May, when the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees. Texas summers can be extremely hot, often over 100 degrees. The nicest time of year is spring. Festivals are a fundamental part of Austin's culture, and the ideal time to attend is during the fall.