Five Things To Love About Austin

Number One:

Downtown Rocks.

Austin’s downtown is a bustling commerce hub by day and an anything-goes entertainment mecca by night. Locals hang here and visitors love downtown’s walkability as they take in the sights, sounds and flavors of the third-safest city in the country.

Number Two:

Austin Knows Food.

It’s no secret Austin is home to some of the best barbecue in the country. The foodie-friendly buzz doesn’t stop there—from celebrity chefs opening inventive new eateries to tried-and-true food trucks serving late into the night, no visitor leaves Austin hungry.

Number Three:

Austin is Outdoorsy.

It’s been said that the sky is bigger in Texas. Each year, more than 1.5 million people walk, run and bike the Ann & Roy Butler Trail (a.k.a. the hike-and-bike trail) and the Boardwalk around Lady Bird Lake. The waters are filled with kayakers, rowers and stand-up paddle boarders getting their fill of year-round fun under the Texas sun.

Number Four:

The Cultural Creativity is Next-Level.

The Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexic-Arte Museum and African American Cultural Heritage District celebrate our diversity. The First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible live at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. Austin Art Space propels emerging and established artists, and thousands of local designers, writers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians draw on the city to feed their art form.

Number Five:

Austin’s Got a Big Backyard.

When it comes to day-tripping, the Texas Hill Country is ready with a surprising wine country, quaint hospitality and waterfront charmers. Staggering views of wildflowers and lavender-covered hills, heavenly barbecue pits and two-steppin’ treasures make the drive well worth it.