When you think of Texas, the first word that may come to mind is big—and for good reason. The Lone Star State is big on everything: politics, sports and cuisine. In the south-central part of the state, you’ll find Austin, which is the fourth largest city in Texas and well-known for its thriving arts community and entrepreneurial spirit. Its motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” exemplifies its laid-back come-as-you-are attitude, and the city’s diversity can be seen in everything from music festivals to historical landmarks that celebrate African-American contributions. In fact, the only thing bigger than the diversity of live music in the city is its cuisine. Food trucks and fusion menus make it a dining paradise. For those looking for a cosmopolitan flair with some Southern goodness, Austin is sure to please.

Read more in the July 2014 issue of EBONY Magazine.

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