Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

Texas’ capital city may be known for its massive annual cultural events, like the two-week arts and tech festival South by Southwest and the three-day, multi-stage music extravaganza Austin City Limits, but Austin is worth visiting all year round.

A quirky, liberal and — as Austinites have dubbed it — “weird” destination in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Austin’s central location brings out visitors from all across the state and far beyond. Award-winning restaurants, cultural institutions, luscious public green spaces and reasonably warm (sometimes very hot) weather year-round make Austin a prime travel spot for a wide range of budgets and tastes.