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Nov 7, 2014

42 Reasons Living In Austin Ruins You For Life

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1. Because the views from the 360 Bridge are breathtaking.

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2. Because what starts here changes the world.

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3. Because few things can compare to the pageantry, excitement, and storied tradition that is Longhorn football.

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4. HOOK 'EM!

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5. Because few streets can compare to the glory that is 6th.

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6. Because few places are better to spend a lovely afternoon than atop Mount Bonnell.

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7. And you don't have to travel too far to experience the breathtaking beauty that is Hamilton Pool.

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8. Because Marley Fest always reminds you love is the most powerful force in the world.

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9. This is your view when you go out for a run.

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10. It's where you can enjoy the lake in the shadow of a blues music legend.

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11. Because where else are you going to have a literal oasis in your backyard?

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12. Because its food trailers are in a league of their own.

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13. And the vehicles are as eclectic as the city's residents.

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14. Because the music festivals it hosts are top-notch.

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ACL and the world-renowned SXSW.

15. Because the state capital is truly a work of art.

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16. And it's the biggest and baddest in the U.S.!

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17. Because the Tex-Mex food is nothing short of spectacular.

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18. And the BBQ is world-class.

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19. Not to mention the breakfast tacos are almost too good for words.

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20. It's a place where sunset means being able to witness one of nature's greatest phenomena.

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In the summer 1.5 million bats emerge from under Congress Street Bridge every evening at dusk.

21. Because bikes of all kinds are always welcomed.

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22. Because the live music venues are both numerous and iconic.

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23. Because Zilker Park is THE place to be.

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24. And Trail of Lights is the perfect and free way to celebrate the holidays.

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25. You don't have to travel far to witness top-level racing — just head to Circuit of the Americas.

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26. Because Krause Springs is the best and most beautiful place to cool off.

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27. Because the sunsets on Lake Travis look like this.

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28. Because Spider House Cafe is a legendary laid-back place to enjoy a drink and meal with friends.

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29. Because it's a city that stays true to its roots, and its rich history.

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Austin is home to the Texas State History Museum and historical sites such as Woodlawn and the Driskill Hotel.

30. Because Toy Joy brings out your inner child.

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31. It's a place where you never know just where you might experience incredible live music.

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32. Because nothing beats a free concert under the warm glow of the Texas summer sky.

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Blues on the Green is an ongoing free concert series every summer in Zilker Park.

33. Because when you walk your dog on Red Bud Isle, this is the view.

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34. Because few things take you back like a slice from Home Slice Pizza.

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35. Because it's a city where creativity can literally be found anywhere.

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36. And it's one of the few places where graffiti isn't looked at as a nuisance...

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37. ...but actual art.

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38. Because where else are you going to find shops like the ones you find on South Congress?

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39. Oh, and its famous residents are truly one of a kind.

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R.I.P. Leslie.

40. Because you haven't had a true moviegoing experience until you've been to an Alamo Drafthouse.

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41. And few things are comparable to an epic performance at Long Center.

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42. And most important of all, once you live there, you'll realize heaven isn't too far away.

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