8. Do barbecue, beer, and badass music in Austin
Why it’s awesome: Sure, the capital of Texas might seem like a tech-obsessed yuppie paradise these days, but we guarantee you Dad will love its prodigious barbecue offerings, innovative breweries, and bounty of Americana tunes. Grab a couple of chairs and spend the morning waiting in line at either Franklin Barbecue or La Barbecue for the best brisket on the planet. After you recover from your meat coma, check out Hops & Grain, Zilker, and Live Oak brewing companies on the East Side, or head north to Pinthouse Pizza and Austin Beer.
Why it’s even better with Dad: Liquid courage or not, dad is too daddish to care what he’ll look like on the dance floor, so Texas two-stepping at the White Horse or Broken Spoke will be one for the albums. If two left feet run in the family, listening rooms might be more your jam; the One-2-One, Saxon Pub, or Strange Brew will give you all killer with no filler.