Austin strikes a chord on Travel + Leisure ranking of the best U.S. cities – CultureMap Austin

Readers of one popular travel magazine apparently love keeping things weird, Austin-style.
In a recent survey, Travel + Leisure readers ranked Austin the 13th best city in the U.S. Charleston, South Carolina, topped the list. Two other Texas cities earned praise: San Antonio (No. 6) and Fort Worth (No. 12).
Each year, the magazine asks readers to share their thoughts about cities, airlines, hotels, spas, and other travel experiences. Readers grade cities based on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.
“The 2021 standouts are as far-flung as ever, and suggest a renewed appreciation for places that offer unparalleled natural beauty and, in many places, fewer crowds,” Jacqui Gifford, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure, says in a news release.
Among the standout attractions in Austin are our live-music scene and festivals, the world-class Circuit of the Americas racetrack, Barton Springs Pool, lots of local parks, and the Congress Avenue bats.  
“What you hear is true. With vibrant entertainment, art and culture, inspiring cuisine, and stunning outdoor experiences, Austin lets you create a soundtrack all your own. So take a look around, and put the Live Music Capital of the World on your playlist,” touts Visit Austin website.
Travel + Leisure readers also gave a nod to Austin’s Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, which leads the list of top resorts in Texas.
Other resorts making the cut are:
Additionally, two Austin spas represent Texas on the list of the top 15 domestic spas: Lake Austin Spa Resort (No. 5) and Miraval (No. 12).
And San Antonio’s Hotel Emma ranked seventh among the 15 best city hotels in the continental U.S. Hotel Emma is the only Texas property on this list.
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