Why It's Worth It

The Lone Star State’s capital truly is a city for every type of traveler. Creatives will soak up the artistic spirit throughout Austin's growing neighborhoods, from the street art and murals to the unmatched live music scene and festivals. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the endless natural wonders to explore—from kayaking on Lady Bird Lake and hiking through Mount Bonnell to biking along the Greenbelt and swimming at Hamilton Pool. Culinary adventurers will devour the food trucks, breakfast tacos, and the emerging French and Asian restaurants. Families will love the interactive museums, walkable South Congress, and nightly bat parade viewing parties. —Jade Broadus