Houston and Dallas may be bigger and more famous, but Austin is in fact the capital of Texas. It’s also the least Texan city in Texas. And the weirdest city in the country. This is something its residents take pride in, as evidenced by the Austin motto of Keep Austin Weird! Have a peek inside weird houses or admire a cathedral of junk in a city where there is even a museum devoted entirely to the weird and strange.
From a game of bingo played with chicken droppings at Ginny’s Little Longhorn to running around naked through Hippie Hollow Park and sniffing Marilyn Monroe’s last cigarette butt at the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, all this and more can be done legally in Austin. Texas may be located in the southern part of the US, but Austin is a progressive island in an otherwise conservative region. Its residents are outsiders - a status they cherish - as evidenced by these three anything-but-ordinary attractions.