Host City and State
Our hosts have put together lists of the best, tastiest and most awe-inspiring places that you just have to see while you’re here.
What you hear is true. With vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. We're home to more than 250 music venues and a vibrant arts scene. So take a look around, and put the Live Music Capital of the World® on your playlist.
True Austin is: dipping a paddle into the water at Lady Bird Lake, the smell of a new pair of boots from Allens, the lights on stage at Stubb’s, a cafeteria tray full of brisket, a mural photo-op around every corner, the sound of the Longhorn band, a toe in the water at Barton Springs Pool and so much more. Show us what Austin is to you by tagging your photos #TrueAustin on Twitter and Instagram!
We’re home to the largest urban arts district in the country. We also have one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin American art and one of the largest modern art collections in the U.S. After all, art is the ultimate expression of independence. If anyone can appreciate that, it’s us.
We do things big. So of course, few people are as dramatic as Texans. Visitors will find tremendous theater opportunities in our big cities, but there are also countless colorful – and thoroughly unique – entertainment opportunities in the most unexpected places. Such as an amazing replica of the Globe Theatre (where Shakespeare’s works first appeared) in a small Texas oil town.
Some parts of Texas are dry, but where it’s wet, we make a big splash. From jet skiing, sea kayaking, sailing,and snorkeling to tremendous game fishing, there are endless ways to soak up the fun here. Then there are singular experiences like a horseback ride along a beautiful beach that you’ll remember forever.
Yes sir! Yes ma’am! We do up some mighty fine BBQ here in Texas. Chopped or sliced. Beef or...well, not beef. We slow cook some of the sauciest, savoriest barbeque the world has ever dreamed of. Even if you don’t remember the Alamo, you will surely remember licking your fingers clean in Texas.
If you haven’t tried the unique combination we call Tex-Mex, you’re missing out, amigo! It’s the absolute best of Mexican cuisine with some Texas flair. When it comes to spice, you can get it a little bit country or a little bit rock n’ roll. Just ask your waiters for guidance. And more salsa, please!
You might not have guessed that Texas is one of the biggest and best craft beer and wine-producing states around. Throughout the state, you’ll find prized craft breweries, offering their own distinct styles and brewing techniques. You’ll also discover dozens of scenic, and seriously palatable wineries, wine trails, tastings and of course, award-winning wine.
Texas live stock shows and fairs are a great way to experience the sights, sounds – and spirit –of our long tradition of horse and cattle showmanship. It’s also where you’ll find many of our most popular rodeos.
Whenever you feel like taking a step back in time, you can pretty much turn left or right and find a museum, attraction or landmark like the Chisholm Trail illustrating our rich Old West heritage. You might even learn a couple of things too, partner. What do you know about chuck wagon cooking, cowboy poetry events and western music? Very little, you say? Well then, Texas is the place for you.
Texas can boast that it’s home to many of the world’s largest, most modern music arenas. And plenty of the universe’s coolest holes-in-the-wall, too. Entire streets and neighborhoods hum with the electric buzz of amplifiers, hundreds of boots thumping on hardwood in unison and soulful voices ringing through the rafters. Some are gorgeous, refined and acoustically perfect, while others have tiny plywood stages and a mechanical bull on the dance floor. Big or small, there are more venues here, attracting longtime and future greats, which music lovers simply cannot miss.
We’re quite proud of the talent that’s emerged from Texas, and museums celebrating our collective musical heritage abound. While everybody knows you’ll find tributes to legends like Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughn, there are also fascinating museums honoring performers like Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Tex Ritter and contemporary Latina singer Selena. Of course, you may even want to drop in on the museum dedicated to the late, great eight-track tape just for fun!
Hiking & Mountain Biking
When someone says “Take a hike, buddy!” around here, please don’t take it the wrong way. Texans are polite, hospitable folks. It’s likely a simple reminder of the endless natural diversity you can explore while getting fresh air and exercise. Mountain biking is extremely popular as well, with many paths (and non-paths) in all levels of difficulty.
Canoeing, Kayaking and Fishing
There’s water everywhere in Texas. If you want to go with the flow, there are 80,000 miles of scenic rivers and streams of every shape and size here. So the chances to paddle your way to fun and relaxation are nearly endless. Of course, if you’re a fisherman, this is one of the best places to visit. Texas has over 100 major lakes loaded with big ol’ lunker bass, plus hundreds of miles of coastal shoreline and bays full of fish just waiting for your next cast.