Austin on Top

Austin named one of the best cities in North America — and for good reason

Austin named one of the best cities in North America — for good reason

Micklethwait Craft Meats barbecue sides lineup
Micklethwait's barbecue alone is enough to consider Austin the best. Micklethwait Craft Meats/Facebook

The best cities in North America? Of course Austin makes the cut. 

Travel + Leisure's savvy readers named the Capital City one of the best on the continent as part of the magazine's annual World's Best survey. At No. 12 out of 20, Austin stands out thanks to good tunes and great food. 

We have to agree on the music front: the city's varied musical tastes are well-represented by a host of cool venues. Writes T+L, "The state capital and college town has long been known for its music scene, and readers love the venues that have been around for years — like the two-stepping Broken Spoke, or South Congress' more rocking Continental Club — as well as hot newcomers like downtown's cocktail lounge and performance space The Townsend." 

When it comes to Austin's vibrant dining scene, T+L touts high-quality food at reasonable prices. Stop by Torchy's Tacos for "standard-setting queso" or Micklethwait Craft Meats for the quintessential food truck experience. Because who doesn't want a free beer while waiting for barbecue?

Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans; and Mexico City lead the list of North American cities. For more tidbits on these top travel destinations, visit the T+L website