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Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

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Austin, TX

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Austin is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The city has become an important center for music- and film-making, as well as a foodie destination. At the same time, tech companies have migrated into the area, turning the city into Texas' answer to Silicon Valley. For the moment, Austin retains a bit of its former small-town vibe, but a quick scan of the downtown skyline will let you know those days are numbered. Despite all its recent the changes, Austin is still an extraordinarily open and welcoming place—a city where you're not only allowed but expected to be yourself, in all your quirky glory.

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Live Music Capital of the World
Live Music Capital of the World

You can hear music from rock to blues to Tex-Mex at clubs all over Austin. The lively downtown scene on Sixth Street is always a good place to start.

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Go Batty in Downtown Austin
Go Batty in Downtown Austin

Be at there at dusk to marvel at North America’s largest urban bat colony. More than a million bats roost there, spring through fall.

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Take a Dip in Barton Springs Pool
Samantha's Pick Take a Dip in Barton Springs Pool

The beautiful limestone pool on the grounds of Zilker Park is filled by water from Main Barton Spring. Locals and visitors swim year-round.

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There's Always Something Blooming Here
There's Always Something Blooming Here

The 279-acre Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center delights visitors with an array of gardens dedicated to the conservation of native plants.

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Recounting the Turbulent Johnson Years
Recounting the Turbulent Johnson Years

On the University of Texas campus, the LBJ Presidential Library explores subjects from the Kennedy assassination to civil rights to the Vietnam War.

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Hang Out With the Locals
Samantha's Pick Hang Out With the Locals

Jo’s downtown is one of my favorite places for coffee — and for hanging out to absorb the effortlessly friendly Austin vibe.

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In the Heart of It All
Samantha's Pick In the Heart of It All

Austin’s downtown is the ideal place to stay. You’ll be within walking distance of great music clubs, down-home dining and excellent shops.

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Smitty’s Market: The Place for Barbecue
Samantha's Pick Smitty’s Market: The Place for Barbecue

It’s in Lockhart, less than 30 minutes outside the city. Your order comes on butcher paper, and you eat it with your hands.

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