City Guide: Austin, Texas

austin-abta.pngIt’s hard to go more than a few feet in Austin without spotting a sign or bumper sticker imploring you to ‘Keep Austin Weird’. It may be the capital of Texas, but this thriving and diverse city of nearly one million people has dedicated itself to providing an artistic and cultural alternative to the state’s mainstream. Walking around town you’ll spot statues of local heroes such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, while cult musician Daniel Johnston’s mural of Jeremiah the innocent frog – always asking: ‘Hi, How Are You?’ – has become a local icon. It’s also an easy destination to reach from the UK, with airlines including British Airways, Norwegian and American Airlines all offering direct flights from London, as well as many more options connecting through nearby Dallas-Fort Worth.

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