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Austin

This tender-hearted city's deep grooves and Tex-Mex tacos promise boot-stomping, finger-licking good times.

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Driving is the norm for getting around Austin. With the exception of Downtown, parking is generally easy. Because everything's bigger in Texas, it's difficult to see Austin in its entirety by foot. Biking and bussing are great alternatives to driving. The bus is inexpensive: $1 for a single ride or $9 for a 1-week pass. If you're in the mood for more, the MetroRail will take you outside of the city. Feeling adventurous? Saddle up like the cowboys!

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Known for

Live music, Southern bohemianism, 6th Street, SXSW, University of Texas, liberal cowboys, food trucks, the tech scene, natural surroundings

Locals Love

Locals Love

Keeping it weird, SXSW, music in every attic, bar, and backyard, UT Football, tacos, tall boys, food trucks, 300 days of sun, escaping to the Greenbelt

Locals Complain About

Locals Complain About

Local “secrets” being “discovered,” noise ordinances disturbing music venues, lack of public transit, traffic, paying for parking after 5 Downtown