It would be understandable for Texans to grow weary of their capital city’s popularity and outsized national reputation as a funky cultural mecca.

“Austin holds a soft spot in my heart for its overall synergy, with the state’s seat of government, UT (even though we’re Aggies!), LBJ Library, Lady Bird’s Wildflower Center, and surrounded by the gorgeous lake country!” —Barbara Regan, Alameda, California

But beneath the hype is a genuine vibrancy that makes Austin an exciting place to visit. Whether you’re drawn to the music scene; parks and greenbelts; art museums and cultural centers; Texas history and government; or good ol’ Tex-Mex and barbecue, it’s worth a trip to see for yourself what the fuss is about.

For more information, contact the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800/926-2282.

From the March 2014 issue
The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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