Often referred to as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is a town filled with artists, idealists, and innovators that live by the mantra ‘keep Austin weird.’ As a Texas native, I have always preferred Austin to any other local city. I’m drawn to the natural swimming holes, an abundance of live entertainment, and arguably the best food in the South (a fusion of Tex-Mex and Southern comfort).
After solidifying itself as a major tech hub in recent years (venture capitalists investing nearly $6-billion in 2021), Austin is growing more rapidly than ever before. Locals are learning to evolve their culture, embracing this crossover of liberal’s paradise and tech giant’s haven.
Since there is so much to see, use this guide to map out the best of Austin’s hotels, restaurants, family activities, hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls, music venues, speakeasies, and charms you won’t find anywhere else! We’ll also offer tips on what to pack, where NOT to stay, and common FAQs.