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Located in the Central Texas Hill Country, Austin is approximately 230 miles from Mexico and less than 200 miles from 3 of the 10 largest U.S. cities (192 miles from Dallas to its north, 79 miles from [San Antonio to its south, and 162 miles from [url=http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/]Houston ](http://www.ci.sat.tx.us/)to its southeast). Austin is now the fourth largest city in the state and the sixteenth most populous city in the nation.
Best routes in
*Other routes: If you can afford it, rent a helicopter. Austin traffic is one of the worst in Texas. Avoid travelling by car if at all possible.
*The Dillo bus system runs in the downtown area providing free connections to the major destinations. Unfortunately the Dillo only runs at certain times.
*All freeways in Austin except Loop 1 (Mopac), have what are called "feeder roads". These are essentially just frontage roads that run along either side of the freeway, its entire length. Normally the feeder roads are commercial zones with local businesses lining them. Newcomers sometimes find the feeder system a little confusing. Virtually every surface road intersection on a feeder has a "U-turn" lane on the left side used primarily for cars exiting and trying to get to a business on the other side.
University of Texas at Austin
St. Edwards University
Hill Country Flyer
Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Flight
Carlos n Charlies on Lake Travis
Best Steak - Sullivans
Best Tex-Mex Food - Chuys
Too many to list - See Best City Guides (below)
Places to Avoid
See above comment (Best Routes)
Best City Guides
Lake Travis 360
* Austin drivers are infamous for their excessive speed and disdain for basic traffic laws and signals. As far back as 1909, progressive motorists were pestering the City Council to raise the speed limit up from 8 mph. In an effort to prove that cars could be safely driven at speeds up to 20 mph, several crusaders took Mayor Wooldridge and the City Council for a joy drive. Today the average speed of an austinite driver is 80 mph on the I-35 corridor.
* Austin is the Bat Capital of the World
* Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. We have more bars, restaurants, clubs and musicians per capita than any other city in the states. Possibly worldwide but the census taken is based on national statistics only.
* There are two types of Austinites - those who live here and those who can't wait to come back.
*Austin has the highest percentage of musicians of any city in the United States
*Austin has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major city in the U.S.
*Austin is one of the worst places in the country for allergies. Even if you've never had problems, be prepared to see an allergist if you visit in January
*Austin is unofficially considered to have the most casual business attire in the U.S. (even compared to Silicon Valley). The "Austin uniform" is generally considered to be a T-shirt, shorts, and Birkenstocks (this is, of course, a stereotype but not drastically off the mark)
Austin, Texas Virtual Tour
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