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Founded in a curve of the Colorado River in 1839, Austin, TX owes most of its ensuing growth to the University of Texas, established here in 1883. Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson both launched their careers in the independent music venues of Austin, and up-and-coming musicians follow in their footsteps every year. Austin is rapidly becoming known for its vibrant music scene influenced by indie rock, Latin rhythms, jazz, ska, Texas country, and more. The free creative spirit and cultural mix of Austin may have arisen from a combination of University culture, southwestern heat, east coast capitalistic sensibilities, and rugged Texas adaptability, but whatever originally inspired the unique cultural flavor of this place, Austin has developed its own identity by now and the people here will let you know. Austin is proud of its contributions to music and art and its dedication to quality of life.

Here are a few things to do in and around the city:

  • Hike and bike the trails around Ladybird Lake: Ten miles of trails wind around Ladybird Lake in the center of downtown Austin. Stop and view the memorial to Stevie Ray Vaughn on Auditorium Shore.
  • McKinney Falls: View the spectacular waterfalls in the 635 acres of McKinney Falls State Park.
  • Play golf: Falconhead, Plum Creek, and Teravista are some of the best known golf courses in Austin.
  • Museums: Visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock State History Museum for starters.
  • Live music: Don't leave the live music capital of the world without seeing a few shows. Check the performance schedules at Broken Spoke, Austin City Limits, and the Elephant Room.

The best way to fully experience Austin is to stay for a while. Find a vacation rental downtown and take in the music scene and the nightlife of a town that seems slightly and delightfully out of step with the rest of Texas. Whether you explore Austin for just a few days or rent a beautiful lakeside villa and stay for the entire summer, be sure you make the most of your visit. By the time you leave, you may already be planning a return trip.