Dazed + Confused

State capital. College town. Counter-cultural hangout. BBQ mecca. Hipster enclave. Techie hub. Whatever you need Austin to be, the city is happy to oblige. Festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits have spotlit this Texas city and its hip food scene and quirky vibe. With year-round sunshine and endless outdoor spots to eat, drink, and catch a show, Austin has a way of accepting you just the way you come. Grab an horchata-espresso slushie at Jo’s Coffee, a snazzy shirt or two at Triple Z Threadz, feast off a food truck, or tuck in for barbecued beef ribs at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que.

Austin, TX - Braised Smokey BBQ RibsAustin, Texas - State capital artistic graffiti on Mural Street

“There's a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.”

Willie Nelson

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Longhorn Know-how

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    With 200 live music venues, Austin has been called the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Janis Joplin got her start here, playing for beer at a gas station.

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    Austin celebrates the birthday of Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh's depressive donkey friend, on the last Saturday of every April.

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    The booming tech sector in Austin has earned it the nickname “Silicon Hills”. Dell Computers was founded here in 1984 and a wave of innovators came after.

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Franklin BBQ
Find out why people are willing to line up for hours to sample Franklin's consistently outstanding barbecued brisket. One critic called it “simply one of the best things you can eat in the state of Texas”.
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Barton Springs Pool
Escape the heat in this 3-acre pool fed from natural springs that keep the water at 68-70 degrees, perfect for year-round swimming and a great place to see Austin folks from every walk of life.
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SoCo Bridge Bats
Ever seen over a million bats flying out from under a bridge at the same time? Austin has the largest population of Mexican Freetail Bats and they fly out at dusk nightly from under the Congress Avenue Bridge between April and September. #bridgebats
Austin, Texas - Barton Springs Pool in summer time