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9 Reasons You’ll Love Austin

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Whether you’re ATX bound for the music or the weirdly wonderful atmosphere, you’d better prepare to have a great time. From cowboys to tacos, the capital city of the Lone Star state will welcome you with open arms and make sure your belly is full by the time your bus home leaves the station. Here are our 9 reasons why we think you’ll love Austin, Texas.

1.Its location

Found in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Austin is only a few hours away from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio making it perfect destination for your next weekend escape.

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2. There’s a lot of love here

Even the “graffiti” (it’s so friendly, we have to use that term lightly) outside Jo’s Hot coffee is friendly in Austin. Whether you’re sending someone a photo from the “I love you so much” wall at Jo’s or chatting with someone in line at the grocery store, the locals are full of that true Southern Hospitality.

 

3. The food

We dare you to go to Austin and say no to all-day breakfast tacos, food trucks galore, a ball of cake on a stick or some world-famous BBQ. There’s no judgment from us if you plan your trip around where you’re getting your next meal.

Brunch at Salt + Time in downtown Austin

Make a stop at Salt & Time in Downtown Austin if this pork hash, cheesy grits and pancakes are calling your name.

 

4. Weird is awesome in Austin

You’ve probably heard someone say “Keep Austin Weird” and are scratching your head wondering why we recommend a strange city. The truth is, the city isn’t weird but it sure is different – the small business alliance coined this phrase to promote locally run shops and restaurants in ATX and reflects how open the city is to new ideas and people.

 

5. It gives Music City a run for its name

With nearly 200 concert venues in the city limits, Austin prides itself on being the live music capitol of the world. With so many places to catch a show, there’s no wonder why so many aspiring musicians start out here. Plus, there are a number of music festivals that call Zilker Park their home.

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6. All the lakes

Between Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Travis you’re set if you’re in need of a lake day. Bonus: there are plenty of swimming holes around town too. Check out the Barton Springs Pool, the Hamilton Pool Preserve or Krause Springs on a hot summer (or fall) day.

 

7. There’s no need for a gym membership

Whether you’re waterskiing on Lake Austin, riding a bike up Lamar Boulevard or hiking the Greenbelt, the fitness lover in your group can get their workout in without being trapped in the gym. We’d also recommend checking out Zilker Park and Mount Bonnell while you’re here.

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 8. The Texas State Capitol

Fun fact: the Texas State Capitol is the oldest surviving state office structure in the United States and offers free tours daily. Enjoy the AC while learning something new about the Lone Star State’s history when in town.

 

9. The bats on Congress Ave

Follow Congress Avenue to 11th Street and you’ll find yourself at the capitol building, but if you head south to the Colorado River you’ll find the largest urban colony of bats in North America. The bats take flight nightly at dusk to go find food.

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Now it’s over to you – what are your favorite things about ATX?

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