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The Austin Experience

How to visit Austin like a local

(Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

It’s a challenge to write about the place you call home, especially when that city is as multifaceted as Austin, a bustling burg flavored by music, art, and the outdoors. In the end, our Austin story is a staff collaboration: Jill Lawless explores Austin’s kid-friendly enticements, Matt Joyce rediscovers Congress Avenue after returning to town from a nine-year hiatus, and Lori Moffatt embarks on the perfect grownup “staycation” day. We had to leave dozens of worthy experiences on the cutting-room floor, so see those here. Check the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website  for details on hotels and tours, as well as maps and other information.

Choose an experience:

Go Kiddo

Jill Lawless’ grade-schooler runs a tight ship. Here’s her kid’s dream day downtown.

 

What to do? Congress Avenue

Matt Joyce explores life on Austin’s aorta, where history meets quirky.

 

Footloose and Fancy-Free

Lori Moffatt plays hooky—and tourist—for the day.

 

From the July 2013 issue.

 
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