It’s been official since 1991 – Austin wants the world to know they are the "Live Music Capital of the World”: with more live music venues than New York or Nashville, they feel they can justifiably claim the title.
Austin is, of course, the state capital, but at the same time it is a visitor-friendly city without the "tourist trap" feel of some other destinations. As the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, rolling hills and stunning lakes surround the city. It really is unlike anywhere else in Texas. As you would expect there are plenty of honky-tonk bars, barbecue and Tex-Mex restaurants, and together with the thriving live music scene, a great night out is assured in Austin.
But before you get too carried away with the nightlife don’t miss out on a really local attraction; during the summer, watch 1.5 million bats take flight from underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Unforgettable!!