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ATX for Music Lovers & Creative Types

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Are you looking for a unique U.S. vacation destination where you can enjoy a little time away from the kiddos? Are you a fan of music and the arts? Do you want to visit a place that is almost guaranteed to be sunny, no matter what time of year you visit? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then Austin, Texas should be your next destination.

Austin Texas 6th Street

Austin's Famed 6th Street during a festival (Photo by John Rogers, used with permission)

Live Music Capital of the World
Austin, Texas a.k.a. ATX is renowned for its love of music and the city's official motto is, “Live Music Capital of the World.” ATX has more music venues than Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, or Nashville. It's home to a multitude of music festivals including South-by-Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits, and Old Settler’s Music Festival. ATX values the music industry so much that the city has been known to donate thousands of dollars to improve the areas and venues in which live music is performed.

Live Music Capital of the World

Austin is proud of it's musical history and culture

6th Street Vibe
Austin's 6th Street has got a vibe all its own; it's packed with art shops, music venues, and killer restaurants and bars. During music and art festivals, this main thoroughfare is shut down and filled with rows and rows of vendor tents selling original photography, jewelry, and knick-knacks of all sorts.

Keep Austin Weird

Keepin' it weird in Austin

Keeping Austin Weird
The city has a campaign called, “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s a movement to keep Austin's unique flavor by encouraging the success of local businesses. It must be working because ATX has a feel unlike any other city – with a passion for music, art, off-beat culture, and anti-commercialism.

Fall in Love with Austin
When I visited Austin during SXSW a couple of years ago, I was so inspired by the spirit of the festival and being surrounded by so many creative-types for an entire weekend that I wound up deciding to move here. So, stop on by my sunny hometown-to-be. Who knows, you might go for a short visit and end up getting your heart stolen by the city’s charm and decide to move here too!

Meg Rain is an inspired artist, designer, and active poet on cooksandtravelbooks.com. Meg also writes on behalf of North American tourism. She is the youngest in her family with no children of her own though she loves caring for her fiance's three-year-old son!

What do you love most about Austin? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. I have heard about the music scene in Austin and I wonder when the special festivals, etc. are held.

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