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About Austin

by SmarterTravel Staff
360 bridge, Austin, Texas (Photo: iStockphoto.com)

Hot guitar licks and cheering crowds are sounds you're sure to hear in Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World. The city earns its title with naerly 200 music venues, giving Austin more live music per capita than any other U.S. city. Seven music districts—including East Austin, Sixth Street, and the University of Texas—host the majority of the action, but you'll also find live music in grocery stores, on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, and even at the Austin airport.

Listening to it isn't the only way to appreciate music in Austin. The Texas Music Museum and the Collings Guitar Factory are a few of the music sites around Austin.

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Austin lives up to its "Keep Austin Weird" motto with a thriving art scene, funky shopping, and unusual attractions such as the 1.5 million bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge and the three-acre Barton Springs Pool. Major festivals such as the South by Southwest Festival in March and Austin City Limits Music Festival in October draw audiences from around the world.

Three hundred days of sunshine a year, hundreds of parks, and a lake in the middle of town put the outdoors within Austin city limits, and the famed Texas Hill Country is a short drive away.

Flights to Austin are available on airlines including Alaska, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, and Southwest.

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