Readers picks: Overrated destinations of the world
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Austin, Texas( Ricardo B. Brazziell / Associated Press )
Place: Austin, Texas
Last visited: September 2007
My perspective: Judging by the hype surrounding Austin, I thought I was embarking on a visit to the eighth wonder of the world. As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, "There is no there there." The same could be said of Austin. Once you've seen the state Capitol and a tiny strip of phony honky-tonk music dives called 6th Street, there is nothing to do. About the only thing Austin has going for it is a plethora of Tex-Mex restaurants; most are cheap, and the food is splendid. But that's about it.
Suggested alternative: Honolulu or St. Augustine, Fla.
--Christopher di Spirito, Penfield, N.Y.
Pictured: Texas State Capitol buidling in Austin