Austin

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I love visiting places that I grew up in, as a tourist. You see things with fresh eyes and it amazes me all the different things you can do that you never did when you lived there! Austin has become one of the most popular American destinations for many reasons and when you visit you understand why it’s so desirable, especially to live in. Any outdoor activity you could want, great cultural museums, live music at any time of the day, appreciation for food, sports and of course, the friendly people!

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Another free flight courtesy of the JetBlue American Express card. Can’t beat the direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Austin in just under three hours.

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Austin is the perfect place to stay in an AirBnB. I’m familiar with the city and the areas where we wanted to go. Found a great place in South Congress where we could walk pretty much anywhere, including over the bridge to Downtown.

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Arrived in the early evening just in time for one of my favorite Tex-Mex gorge fests, Guero’s Taco Bar. You really don’t need to rent a car in Austin if you stay locally, but since we have day trips planned to Dallas and Fort Worth it was very easy to rent the car directly at the airport from Hertz. To bed early after a walk around South Congress for an early morning start on Day1!

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Walk down for breakfast tacos, cinammon buns and coffee at Jo’s Coffee. It’s truly an Austin original. Walk to another one of my favorite’s, Magnolia Cafe for a quick breakfast. Love sitting at the bar there. Continue walking up South Congress, through all the development Downtown up to the Capitol building. Really a must visit for architecture fans. Drinks in the East Austin area and then an amazing dinner with friends at Qui, restaurant by Top Chef winner Paul Qui. The “easy cheese” is a must!

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Went exploring in East Austin. It has developed tremendously since I lived there and found a great lunch spot, Blue Dahlia Bistro. Early dinner at amazing Thai restaurant Sway. Great open kitchen so we sat at the bar and watched them prepare these amazing Thai dishes of art. Late night at the Ritz Alamo Drafthouse on 6th Street for Master Pancake’s screening of Jurassic Park with one of my oldest friends. This is the reason why people love Austin and highly recommend seeing one of the Mystery Science-type performances they have weekly.

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Up early for a quick stop at Torchy’s for breakfast tacos. Today is the road trip to Dallas/Fort Worth. Three hour drive to Dallas for our first stop: Nasher Sculpture Center. Found a great artisan pizza place, Cane Rosso for lunch.  On the road again to Fort Worth to the Louis Kahn building that made me want to study architecture, Kimbell Art Museum. Everything is as perfect as I remember it as a child when I visited. If you are anywhere in Texas, you must make the pilgrimage. Next door is the newer Tadao Ando designed, The Modern. Great modern art and building is really spectacular! 

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Up at 9am to get in line at La Barbecue. People in Austin are crazy for their barbecue and this place is no exception! We got in line around 10am and there were probably around 50 people already waiting in front of us. Best brisket I have ever had and totally worth the wait! To work off all of that brisket and white bread, we decide to dive into the natural side of Austin at the Barton Springs Greenbelt. I came here all time to go mountain biking and swim, great memories! Also checked out the nearby Barton Springs where I used to go, but was way too chilly for a swim. An absolute must though during the sweltering summer heat. Ended the night at Péché in Downtown Austin. Great happy hour all day Sunday and food was delicious.

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One last stop at Jo’s Coffee and jump on the early afternoon flight back home! Until next time, Austin.

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Austin, Texas has about 19 million visitors each year. The annual amount of visitors is a very fun and interesting fact about Austin, Texas especially because this amount far exceeds the annual visitors for Disneyland (14.7 million), the Eiffel Tower (6.7 million), and even Niagara falls (14 million)! Visitors flock to this city for a great deal of reasons but two of the highest contributing factors to this high annual amount of visitors is people coming in to catch a Texas Longhorn college football game or attend the Austin City Limits music festival (ACL).

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“Keep Austin Weird,” was originally a slogan used to promote small businesses in the city, and now reflects a culture of artistic and individual expression.

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This city is known as the live music capital of the world. With more than 100 live music venues this city is considered the live music capital of the world.

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Hook’em Horns- A worldwide symbol of the cities pride and joy! The Hook’em Horns popular hand signal is in fact the official symbol of the Texas Longhorns. The symbol is recognized worldwide and you have most likely seen a few familiar faces flaunting the famous sign.

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