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An Irreverent Guide To Austin

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1. Austin is proudly not like the rest of Texas. And, yes, Austin is proudly Texan. Get over that conundrum and you will fit right in. We don’t necessarily like the rest of Texas all that much, but we certainly despise out-of-state visitors insulting anything about the great state we live in.

2. Austin is hot, often. For many months of the year it is just ridiculous to be outside, unless you are swimming or drinking iced-tea or cold, cold beer. The best way to be noticed as an outsider is to comment or complain about the heat.  We know. It’s hot.

3. Driving in Austin is horrible and gets worse each day. Add rain, a football game, or an armadillo in the road, and things get ridiculous. Also, know that pedestrians have no rights. Be warned. And, of course in Austin, as in the entire state of Texas, it is against the law to use a turn signal. A turn signal may distract other drivers, causing them to stop in the middle of the road, so it is best to not advertise your intentions to turn or change lanes.

4. Learning roads and place names is required, but won’t come easy. Make a note that Mopac IS Loop 1; no one calls it Loop 1, though. Similarly, Capital of Texas Hwy is 360, and Research is 183. 2222 is Northland or Allendale or Koenig, depending on what part of 2222 you are talking about. 290 is Ben White, but there are two 290 exits on I-35, and one of which is 2222 (which, as mentioned earlier, is Northland, Allendale and Koenig). Don’t try to figure it out. Just accept it. Also, listen to how words like Guadalupe and Manchaca are pronounced. Yep, odd. But don’t try to change it.

5. Austin is eternally casual. Tattoos and shorts are common, everywhere. The rich might have dreadlocks and nose-rings. “Keep Austin Weird” is a local motto and clothing is no exception. You can wear cowboy boots, but you’ll be surrounded by high tops, flip-flops, and bare feet.

austinmusic6. Music, music, music. 365 nights a year the clubs in Austin are alive with working musicians. From country-swing to power-pop, jazz to rap, we offer a loving variety of sounds. Be sure to visit a live venue, tip the players and staff, and sit back and enjoy what we refer to as paradise.

Source: Stanford Texas Club

What Ever To Do In Austin?

While Austin is internationally known for its nightlife and music culture, the town and its environs offers a wealth of other outdoor activities for people of all activity levels and interests. Here’s a brief summary of what makes Austin such a fantastic and desirable place to visit and live:

1. Music & Nightlife – We can’t get away from the core of Austin’s vitality. With over three hundred clubs and great festivals each year, Austin offers listening and viewing pleasures for all tastes, from jazz and hip-hop to blues, country, and garage rock. See a band in a small club on Red River or come for one of the grand festivals such as Austin City Limits or SXSW. Alternatively, enjoy the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the Warehouse District or lining South Congress. The evening awaits you.

Nightlife

2. Water – Whether you want to take a refreshing dip in a swimming hole such as Hamilton Pool, Krause Springs, or Barton Springs, or venture out on Lake Travis by renting a boat options abound. You can stay in town, pack a picnic, and rent a canoe for use on Town Lake. Austin offers water fun for everyone. Be sure to bring your swimsuit, a hat, and sunscreen.

3. Hike, Bike, & Camp – Whether you are on foot or on wheels, the trails beckon in Austin. Enjoy the urban casual trail around Town Lake and then over to Barton Springs Pool (see above) and continue on into the Barton Creek Trail. While on Town Lake enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on Barton Springs Road and then end up at sunset on the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the bats. If you want to enjoy the outside overnight then try Emma Long Metropolitan Park for lake front camping, McKinney Falls State Park to enjoy trails and natural beauty, and Austin Lone Star RV Park or La Hacienda RV Resort for your recreational vehicles.

4. Food – Austin is home to dozens of outstanding restaurants, whether you want breakfast tacos at Torchy’s or TacoDeli or any number of trailers to world-famous, award winning Asian cuisine at Uchi or East Side Kings, you will find plenty to fill you up. Be sure to enjoy the plentiful outdoor dining both in-town and at such majestic places as the County Line on Lake Travis or the Hula Hut closer to town. If in doubt visit the food trailer parks on South Congress and South 1st to sample a wide variety of cuisines in affable outdoor settings.

Food Trucks

There is a limitless array of outdoor (and indoor!) activities in Austin. No list can do it all justice. Bring a sense of adventure and you’ll be sure to find a place that speaks to you.

Source: Texas Outside