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Combining diverse topography, big name designers like Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, and affordable courses, Austin is the perfect setting for year-round golf. And thanks to GOLF Magazine, Austin can add, “The Best Golf City in America” to its list of titles. The Austin Golf Trail has assembled some of Austin’s finest golf courses for your next trip to one of the country’s premier golfing destinations.

Live Music Capital of the World®

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First-time visitors might be surprised to find themselves being entertained with live music as they walk through the terminal at Austin’s airport after deplaning. But they shouldn’t be. Live music, and music in many other forms, is everywhere in Austin. Musicians play in everything from grocery stores to city council meetings. They play outdoors at the Blues on the Green series and at festivals: Austin City Limits and South by Southwest you’ve likely heard of, but there’s also Pachanga Latino Musical Festival, Urban Music Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, Chaos in Tejas and many more worth checking out. Mostly, you’ll find Austin musicians at clubs, coffeehouses, bars, taquerias, auditoriums and concert halls – and with more than 250 live music venues, you won’t run out of options.

Hear local tunes: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/music-scene/

Food

Food-Trucks-Photo-Credit-Austin-CVB-2014_72dpiThe reputation for food in Austin just keeps getting better. The chefs in this town have branched out from barbecue and Tex-Mex to create some of the most exciting cuisine in the country. When you can enjoy a James Beard recognized restaurant down the street from a gourmet donut trailer, you know you have a food scene that can only be described as eclectic. And delicious.

Eat something: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/

Shopping

Walking on South Congress Photo Credit Austin CVB 2014_72dpiIn the market for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at some of the country’s most eclectic and eccentric boutiques? Consider Austin the most deserving digs to lay down your hard-earned retail dollars. Head to South Congress, or SoCo, for eclectic boutiques and vintage treasures from apparel to jewelry, artwork and more. For 700,000 square feet of designer shops, try one of Austin’s newest shopping destinations, The Domain.

Shop the stores: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/discover/shopping/

Outdoors

Golf-in-Austin-Photo-Credit-Austin-Convention-&-Visitors-Bureau_72dpiIf you love to be outside, you’re in good company. With Hill Country vistas outside the city and Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, Austinites come out to play as often as possible, and we think you will, too. From cycling to stand-up paddle boarding, water-biking to leisurely canoe-paddling – Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities. And with 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally.

Get outside: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/discover/outdoors/

Arts

Paramont-Photo-Credit-Austin-CVB-2013_72dpiAustin is known for its creativity. With good reason. Not only are we home to some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation’s largest University-owned collection on exhibit, and the Harry Ransom Center, featuring the First Photograph and Gutenberg Bible, we’re also home to plenty of artists themselves. You can explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians here, at any time of year, any day of the week, in a variety of venues.

Get creative: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/discover/arts/

Tours

Gueros-Photo-Credit-Austin-CVB-2013_72dpiThere’s a lot of talk about the best things to do and see in Austin. From free, guided historic walking tours of downtown to a 3-hour walking tour of Austin’s best eateries, to a family -friendly adventure on the Austin Duck, there are many ways to see the city.

Find the tour that fits your personality: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/discover/tours/

History

Driskill-Hotel-Photo-Credit-Austin-CVB-2013_72dpiAustin is proud of our past and rebellious spirit. From authors to activists, artists to athletes, musicians to politicians, they were all drawn to this unusual oasis. That legacy continues today, as Austin’s population has historically doubled every 20 years. Now, it’s your turn to see why.  Get out there and be a part of our history.

Take a step back: http://www.austintexas.org/visit/discover/history/