Austin is the best place to live. According to a specialized magazine, Austin was ranked number one in the list about the best places to live. Not only a great place to be but also an environmentally friendly city because it was named the “Greenest City in America”. These two awards are already eye-catching for the tourists but there was also a recent survey about the citizens of a city and Austin was in the top three. You can be sure that you will be welcomed anywhere in the city.
Its climate is also optimal for those who want to spend even their winter holidays in a warm place. The winter average temperatures vary between 4 and 18 °C. Due to the humid subtropical climate, the winters are this mild and the summers are hot. From June to August the highest temperatures are over 30 °C. Austin takes advantage of these characteristics and is in a fast development. More and more restaurants, hotels and bars open each year to ease the needs of the visitors. A high percentage of visitors come back for a second time, evidence that they were satisfied.
Austin keeps a relationship with foreign cities. This state capital has many official sister cities including Maseru in Lesotho, Lima in Peru, Gwangmyeong in South Korea and Old Orlu in Nigeria. Other far-eastern cities also featured in this list, and because of this Austin is a popular destination among the Japanese, Chinese and Korean tourists. The median age in the city is 30 years, which makes the city a relatively young city.
The city is the home of several well-known museums, such as the Texas Memorial Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. In the past decade, the city’s museums couldn’t serve the needs of the many visitors so in the 21st century two others opened.
The 6th Street is the main tourist attraction of the city because of its galleries, museum and clubs. It is also popular among the locals.
Austin is the home of many performing art events including many musical festivals. Up to a quarter of a million people visit the biannual Pecan Street Festival, giving the opportunity for local artists and performers to show their talent. A bigger scale three-day festival is the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Usually takes place in the second half of September, the next being held between 26 and 28 September 2008. The temperature is perfect in this time of the year, varying around 30 °C. In 2008, 111 artists are scheduled to perform on one of the eight stages each having different genres including rock, country, hip-hop and reggae. An average of 65,000 people visits the festival each year.
Because of its vibrant musical life, the large number of clubs and the festivals held earned the city its nickname of “The Live Music Capital of the World”. Because the city has the most music venues per capita in the US, it is very popular among the music fans. This is the reason of the large number of bars, lounges and nightclubs you can find in the city. In March during a four-day event, many of the venues are filled with music fans listening to the 1,400 performers. The 6th Street is heart of the city and on Halloween, Fat Tuesday and New Year’s Eve because of the thousand of celebrators becomes one-way pedestrian road.
Many, now celebrities, used to live here such as the multiple Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, singer Janis Joplin and R&B singer Ciara.
Austin is famous for its large number of clubs. Many of these are upscale such like the Malaga, with delicious Tapas and a long mile wine list, 219 West, which is a multilevel multi venue bar and restaurant, Expose Men’s Club, the name speaks for itself, or The Landing Strip, an another gentleman’s club. Maybe the most famous bar of them all is the Iron Cactus. With this bar started all. While watching the large flat-screen TVs you can taste the award winning margaritas and it also has the best Southwestern cuisine in the town.
If you want to watch a cabaret, you should choose the Perfect 10 or the Sugar’s. Both offering great shows and delicious foods accompanied by the best wines you can find. Several nationwide known club chains are also present in Austin, like the Coyote Ugly and Palazio Men’s Club. Not only local feeling is present in the bars because the city also brings you the best of Las Vegas visiting Vicci. If you want to feel like you’re in Cuba the Cuba Libre bar is the place to be.
The fact that the city won so many awards made even more popular among the tourist. In case of Austin it’s true that men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. So many visitors couldn’t make a bad decision choosing this city their holiday destination.