25 Reasons We Love Austin, Texas

Austin is absolutely beautiful any time of year and a perfect destination for people who love adventure. The city has warm weather nearly year-round, making recreational activities a favorite pastime for residents.

On hot days people will cool off by kayaking on the river, or they'll take their boat to the lakes nearby. This is just one reason why it has become one of the most beautiful places for open-water swimming.

The Bat City is on the top in all categories when it comes to clean and safe tap water, according to the research. The latest report for July 2016 shows low levels of turbidity. Austin's water also ranked low in lead and haloacetic acid. But this is just one reason why people love Texas' capital.[slideshow:100193]

Another is the fact that it's one of the best cities in the U.S. for urban leaf peeping. A favorite place to see amazing colorful displays is the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, which offers 10 miles of fall paradise. Explore more and go west of Austin. The Hill Country won't disappoint. It has a lot of maples, sumacs, sycamores, chinaberries, and cottonwoods bursting with beautiful, blushing colors.

The Lone Star State's fourth largest city is also a great off-the-beaten-path spring break destination. It has options for any vacationer – teen, college student, adult, or parent. The divine food alone is a reason to go there for a week. But you can engage in certain recreational activities as well, such as hiking and camping in the McKinney Falls, a 635-acre park with many trails.

The nightlife doesn't take a break until 6 a.m. Authentic and contemporary honky-tonks offer live entertainment and innovative music. Don't be surprised if you end up in a bachelor(ette) party on a given night... And this is not all Austin's after-dark scene has to offer.

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