Issue 2: Austin

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    • Issue 2: Austin

      No matter what sort of transportation you choose here—bike, car or your own two feet—pay careful attention to street art as you meander through town. Austin has some of the best in the nation, from the sprawling Austintatious mural (dates back to the early 1970s) at the 23rd Street Artists’ Market, to the more modern art all around town. Half the fun is in the discovery of murals in unexpected places, but here are a few for which we’d keep an eye peeled.

    • Lady Bird Lake. Photograph by Pableaux Johnson
      • Issue 2: Austin

        Yet another world-class museum right here in Austin, the Blanton has one of the largest, oldest collections of Latin-American art in the world (2,000 works strong). Its European paintings are stunning—from Monet to Rubens—and even the atrium is lovely to behold, thanks to Teresita Fernández’s shimmering aquamarine piece “Stacked Waters.” Most enticing of all? Thursdays at the Blanton are free.

      • The Possum Posse at the Whip In. Photograph by Pableaux Johnson
        The Possum Posse at the Whip In. Photograph by Pableaux Johnson

        Issue 2: Austin

        From honky-tonk to jazz, soul to rock ’n roll, Austin is as good a music town as New Orleans or New York City—if not better. Although 6th Street is lined with live music venues and karaoke possibilities, be sure to drift away from the main drag to check out local favorites like the Whip In (pictured), the Continental Club and the White Horse. Only in Austin for the night? The Rattle Inn is a solid bet.

        East Side King food truck. Photographs by Pableaux Johnson
        Hoover's Texa Mexi Cue.
        Fried Brussels sprouts at East Side King.
        Tip jar at East Side King.