Monday, July 4, 2011


Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World"
Austin boasts more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. It has witnessed the early careers of several famous musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin and the Dixie Chicks. Despite significant growth in recent years, Austin maintains a quirky, laid-back atmosphere that you won't find in other Texas cities. Outsiders tend to see the city as a home base for wacky characters, but Austinites revel in their eccentricity and proudly flaunt the city's motto, "Keep Austin Weird."
Aside from its buzzing live-music and nightlife scenes, the main reason to visit is to enjoy the outdoors. With an average of 300 sunny days per year and large swaths of green space like Zilker Park, many experts consider Austin "the most livable city" in America. It's probably because there's something here for everybody: Whether you're a museum buff (Blanton Museum of Art) a bargain-hunter (Renaissance Market), a sports fan (University of Texas-Austin football) or a budding musician (6th Street). After your visit, you might be asking: Why don't I live here?

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