Only 51 more to go.
Sandwiched between Haida Gwaii, British Columbia at No. 26 and Sabah, Malaysia at No. 28, the New York Times named yours truly No. 27 on its annual list of 52 places to visit in the coming year. Austin was one of five U.S. spots featured on the list, which also recommended Washington, Colorado Springs, Paso Robles, Calif. and Richmond, Va. for a possible 2020 visit.
The Times reported that four months of "research, discussion, debate and as many synonyms for 'argument' as you can imagine" went into compiling the list, which intends to "inspire, delight and motivate you to explore the world." The paper solicited input from its travel team, regular contributors, frequent travelers and foreign and domestic correspondents in selecting the 52 locations "that seemed newly fresh and compelling."
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In recommending Austin, the Times mentioned the city's art, music and food scenes and its "chill evenings." It also cited Austin's two major annual festivals, South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, its strong economy and "aesthetic."
"What aesthetic?" you ask, looking around.
That of "cowboy patina and broken-in leather," the Times responds.
Specifically, the list offered the Picnic food truck park, East Austin's galleries, Jester King Brewery, Franklin Barbecue and Lady Bird Lake as attractions that make the city something you might want to see after you see those other 26 places.
"Austin is an explore-at-your-pace kind of place, which is why so many people get stuck, even those who once rolled their eyes at Austin believers," the list says.
But the Times wasn't going to leave Austin without a taco. The list recommends Tacodeli where the breakfast tacos are "so mind-blowingly good."
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Previously the New York Times has recommended a "36 hours in Austin, Texas" guide that totaled nearly $2,000 and questioned why Texas residents seem to be so obsessed with the shape of the state.