The city for music lovers, a progressive outpost in a mostly conservative state.
The slogan "Keep Austin Weird" is embraced by the residents of this eclectic and vibrant Texan city. Its socially and politically progressive locals are an eco-friendly, outdoorsy group, who prefer mom and pop establishments over corporations, and relish the happening-everywhere music scene. Austin is also the top city for couples -- human and bat. The flying rodents are so well-paired, in fact, they've produced the largest North American urban bat population: 1.5 million strong. From March to October they emerge nightly en masse as the sun goes down.