The capital of Texas isn’t much like the rest of the state at all. It’s a vibrant city that lacks almost any hint of the conservative South. It is an ecofriendly city where cowboys are hard to come by but cowboy boots are still the norm. The legendary music scene combined with a young, healthy, and hip culture makes Austin a hot destination for travelers of nearly every taste. Raising comparisons to Silicon Valley, Austin’s dynamic entrepreneurial and tech scene has been a huge part of the city’s growth for the past two decades. SXSW (South by Southwest) and ACL (Austin City Limits), among others, have made the town a festival hot spot, and now the big-little city is a foodie’s paradise as well, with TexMex and barbeque inflected with every type of ethnic flair. If that weren’t enough, it’s almost always sunny here!