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Austin, Texas Visit Austin and you'll have a chance to support two of America's greatest innovations: rock 'n' roll and the blues. For less than $500 each, including hotel and airfare from LAX, a family of three can spend a weekend in the live-music capital of America. Your little tax deductions, uh, children, can enjoy the miniature train rides at Zilker Metropolitan Park (only $1.75 a ride), or you can visit the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the nightly flight of more than a million Mexican free-tail bats that have made a home of the bridge. (For more ideas, go to And the music scene in Austin is as hot as a Texas barbecue. Don't miss the nightly blues and rock shows at Cheatham Street Warehouse, a venue that helped launch the careers of such legends as Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Strait and "Little" Charlie Sexton. Details: Check out barbecue and music in Austin at Iron Works BBQ.
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