Tag archives for Austin

With the changing of the seasons comes a change in where we as travelers set our sights on going. Inspired by our latest list of best fall trips, Nat Geo Travel staffers shared their own favorite autumn escapes. Here’s a dozen to get you dreaming about your next adventure, near or far.

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. With warm-weather wanderlust upon us, we asked our Facebook fans to give us the inside scoop on their city’s signature dish, and where to go if you want to try it for yourself. Here’s what they had to say.

SXSW is known for being a launchpad for American performers such as John Mayer and the Polyphonic Spree, but each year, the lineup seems to feature more and more international acts. If you’re heading to Texas tickets in hand or simply looking for some hot new leads, here’s our guide to world music at SXSW.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March.

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The South By Southwest festival has evolved into a global fusion of music genres, drawing thousands of artists from dozens of different countries to the Texas capital each March. I was lucky enough to meet up with two unique bands from two very different parts of the world: Frightened Rabbit, an indie rock band based in Scotland, and a Malian desert blues band called Terakaft.

At the risk of cheap rent increasing and a Pinkberry being on every corner, I’m going to go ahead and say it — one of Oklahoma’s two main towns is going to be the next Austin. Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Granted, I don’t have all the fancy numbers to back this claim up, but fancy numbers are not what Okies are all about. They’re good folks who love their live music, and anyone who begs to differ should spend an evening catching a show at Cain’s Ballroom. So which is it?

Trying to sum up Austin in seven photos, taken in 48 hours just doesn’t seem right. You can’t hear the music, taste the BBQ, pay tribute to the late Leslie Cochran, dodge the fixed-gear bikes on South Congress, attend Eeyore’s birthday.

Native Austinite Laurie Felker Jones has traveled through or lived in a multitude of countries on five continents. Now she and her husband are chalking up travel miles on their boat, Mother Jones, as they sail around the Caribbean. In the wake of this year’s SXSW Festival, check out Laurie’s guide to the “live music capital of the world.”

Photos: Where You Went

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Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

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Feel the beat with these top music and dance events across the U.S. Did we mention they’re free? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) music or dance event. Daily Kennedy Center Concerts Washington, D.C. Every single…

The Spirit of SXSW Lives On

National Geographic Books Production Manager Lisa A. Walker recently returned  from Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive conference and festival, where the performances did more than just entertain. The real spirit of Austin’s South by Southwest festival this year went well beyond the films and music. Something inspiring happened at SXSW…

Autism-Friendly Austin

Violet sunsets, a wide variety of live music, a beatnik crew of Longhorn/political/musical/techie/spunky types, and the nation’s largest natural swimming pool in an urban area are sure to keep Texas’ capital all sorts of weird for a long time to come. But for all those working to keep Austin weird, there are just as many…

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Lisa A. Walker, a producer with National Geographic Books, is just back from a jam-packed musical weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival. She offers some tips on navigating the weekend-long festival and preparing for your next all-out music event. Check out other travels from National Geographic staffers at our Out of Office series. Festival-goers…

Daily Radar: 08.06.10

Too cool for the pool? Well just in time for the last big swing of summer, the Huffington Post has put up a list of 7 Spectacular Swimming Holes in the United States, complete with photos. Some are easy access – like downtown Austin, Texas’ Barton Springs, a picturesque three acre natural spring whose year-round…

By: Ashley Thompson What do Charleston, S.C., San Diego, and New York have in common? They are all cities with these new-fangled things called jogging tours. Ladies and gentlemen, a new and improved way of sightseeing: City Running Tours. They’re more time-efficient than leisurely walking tours, and they’re a heck of a lot more eco-friendly…