We picked these domestic locales based on accessibility, friendliness, and number of attractions.
The quickest way to bond with a stranger? Shared musical taste. Austin has plenty of opportunities to bump into fellow music lovers. The sheer amount of fantastic food doesn’t hurt either. Stay on South Congress Avenue, where the year-old South Congress Hotel provides the ideal base for visiting SoCo’s iconic venues. Other ‘hoods you can easily get to include East Austin, booming with hipster bars and food trucks; South Lamar with its great shops; and Rainey Street, where coeds go to mingle. Visit March through November to see the bats flying under the Ann W. Richards bridge.