As If Austin, Texas Isn't Already Amazing Enough
Locals weren't surprised when U.S. News & World Report named Austin the No. 1 place to live in the U.S. for 2017 and 2018. The largest bat colony in North America has also made the city their top place to live. More than a million bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge every night from March to October. You'll find nearly as many spectators surrounding the bridge each night to watch.
Austin is also the music capital of the world with more than 250 live music venues. The city cultivates a musical atmosphere for artists with open-mic nights throughout the downtown area. Austin is also recognized for the South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festivals. These festivals showcase a diversity of live musical talent for audiences to enjoy. Sign up for Austin's Live Music Crawl with Austin Detours. You'll join a local musician as you learn about Austin's live music history, the current music scene, and visit iconic venues.
Give your taste buds a treat on the Secret Food Tours of Austin. Locals and visitors love the city's diverse culinary life. This tour is the perfect chance to add some local eateries to your list of favorites. Austin is also home to hundreds of food trucks. Sink your teeth into meatloaf wrapped in bacon by the Three Little Pigs. Get your breakfast at the Paperboy food truck, admired for its bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches. Head over to Arlo's food truck for your favorite vegan patties.
Austin celebrates Eeyore's birthday on the last Saturday of April. Guests wear colorful costumes to celebrate the adored character from Winnie-the-Pooh. Eeyore's birthday celebration began in 1963 and has grown every since.
Austin is also one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. You'll find 12 off-leash parks and hundreds of dog-welcoming outdoor restaurants and hotels.
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