Favorite Places: Austin, Texas

Matt Crowe’s Blog

Deep in the heart of Texas you will find the state capital, Austin, which is located along the Colorado River.  This is where the ranch in the Texas hill country meets the prairies at the coastal plains.  Austin has skyscrapers and crowds, but it isn’t the biggest city in Texas.  When you walk around town, you will notice a distinct bohemian feel.  The city attracts the young and the talented, so the population is growing fast, but it is trying to keep the original laid back anything goes spirit alive. Austin’s residents make a point of keeping Austin weird.

As the self-proclaimed live music capital of the world and a place where art is all around you, Austin has a strong identity.  Start exploring, you’ll find out that the locals have an affinity for self-expression, star festivals, quirky humor, guitars, and state history.

Austinites are Texans first, Americans second.  Austin was born around the camp fires of herders of buffalo.  The first pioneers of the Texas wilderness are the Swedish immigrants from the 1830s.

Austin is rich in nature. One can explore outdoor activities in Zilker Park or head to McKinney Falls just south of the city where you can relax by the streams.  Back in the center of town, explore the shops on South Congress Avenue. Be prepared to encounter uncommon objects and carnivalesque zebras while you shop for vintage clothes, designer shirts, or a pair iconic Texas boots.

Like any Texas city, you never have to look far for lunch.  You can find food trucks and carts on every street corner, so take your pick from Tex-Mex seafood, Indian foods, or German cuisine.  Downtown bistros are great for dinner, and even in winter you can take a seat on a terrace to enjoy a meal or drinks.

Austin is also known for its famous music and food festivals.  South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Festival pays tribute to the longest-running music program in the country.  When night falls, head east on Sixth Street there are always some live bands

to see, and it is the place to be for all kinds of evening entertainment.  Listen to blues, have a beer, watch a cult movie, or catch a comedy show. It’s hard not to be taken with Austin and people here say it has its very own soundtrack, a rhythm you can easily tune into once you understand the eclectic tastes.

 

from About Matt Crowe http://aboutmattcrowe.com/favorite-places-austin-texas/

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