You’re certainly welcome to help “Keep Austin Weird.” That motto describes the hip capital city of Texas and its college vibe, cultural attractions and, of course, music of all genres in places scattered throughout the city. Of course, food also makes Austin famous. Eat fare from food trucks, James Beard Award-winning chefs and brewpubs.
No fibbing here: The small town of Bandera offers big fun in Texas Hill Country. It’s fitting, then, that dancing the Texas Two-Step, seeing cowboys atop horses, and watching weekly cattle drive re-enactments are expected in a place that calls itself the Cowboy Capital of the World. Learn those cowboy skills at a dude ranch.
Add a big dose of entertainment to historic sites, the arts and pop culture, and you’ve discovered the perfect blend to explore the metropolis of Dallas. Visit fun-filled neighborhoods like Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves and the Design District. From a boozy brunch to fine dining to terrific tacos, you’ll find a place to satisfy your cravings.
South Padre Island
Go to southeastern Texas for gorgeous Gulf of Mexico views at South Padre Island, a year-round resort town and nature haven. See migrating birds, playful dolphins and sea turtles in the wild. Then, sit on the deck of a waterfront restaurant to eat fresh seafood, listen to live music and stroll those sandy shores.