Considered the “Portland of Texas”, Austin truly stands out with its embrace for the quirky and creative – while still representing the Texan charm.

Business is thriving, with multinational tech companies setting up shop here, and yet it’s still home to some of the best live music, nightlife and art culture in the country – including huge festivals like the South by Southwest Festival. Most importantly, Austin provides a food experience unmatched by many cities in the U.S. – from food truck tacos to BBQ brisket joints.

Things to know before you go

  • Getting around most of Austin without a car may prove a challenge, though downtown Austin is better suited to be seen on foot. There is also the Capital Metro bus network, which can get you around town – there are 24-hour passes from $2.
  • The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is about 12 miles from town, with Metro Airport buses leaving twice every hour for less than $2 per ticket – and only a 30-minute ride.
  • Austin can get quite warm during the summer, with temperatures reaching above 100°F, so be sure to stay hydrated and apply plenty of sunscreen.

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Gerard Ward

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Gerard Ward is a lifestyle writer, author and journalist, whose work has been featured in publications such as Time Out Magazine, The Guardian and Matador Network.