Austin is currently one of the hippest destinations in America, and for good reason. The people are friendly, the weather is warm, the music scene is happening, and the food is fantastic. During the day, the Texas State Capitol is a good stop for a dose of history, but staying outside and active is very much encouraged in and around the city. Barton Springs in South Austin is great for swimming, as are Big Stacy Pool and Deep Eddie, and nearby Lake Travis and Lake Austin. The Colorado River flows right through downtown, so kayaking, canoeing, and paddle-boarding are popular activities. In the evening, grads can head to dinner at a seemingly endless number of barbecue restaurants, like Franklin Barbecue (which we named the No. 1 casual restaurant in America in 2015), or Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar for some aquatic fare. Afterward, there are plenty of opportunities to catch live music performances around the city (like at Austin City Limits and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q), and tons of shows, if they’re the theater type.