The thing about Austin that is most appealing to me is the music scene. Austin is also one of the closer destinations on my bucket list at 405 miles from Hot Springs.
As with the others, this trip will depend on getting in decent shape and having the money.
A rough estimate of costs:
Plane Tickets: $330 or Gas: $130 or $170 Amtrak
Hotel: $100 per night
Food: $30 per day
With that much price difference I will probably opt to drive over taking a plane, particularly since that would also allow me to not depend on public transportation or have to rent a car when I get there.
Total Cost: $650 + $130 per day
I will update the blog when I am ready to plan my trip.