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From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

1. From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

Meet your guide in downtown Austin at the visitor center, then board your shuttle bus for the day and head out into the sprawling Texan countryside. The first stop of the day is Austin’s most famous BBQ joint, Salt Lick BBQ. At the BBQ, enjoy a tasting session of some of the very best meat and food that Texas has to offer, and soak up this friendly atmosphere. The tour does not include the cost of the tasting. It's recommended to budget $35 per person for your meal, however, you can bring your own alcohol to enjoy with your food. After the BBQ, you'll wind through the hills and stop at two different wineries so that you can sample delicious Texas wines - all while taking in those gorgeous hill country views.

Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

2. Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

Experience all that Austin has to offer on this 2-hour city overview. This 'bucket list' tour will take you to see major landmarks, lesser-known gems that only a local would know about, real neighborhoods, and of course, the food trucks! Ride in-style in an air-conditioned Mercedes Van, with many stops where you can get out, stretch your legs, and explore. Your local Austin guide will share with you stories about art, music, culture, food, history, parks, famous people, and much more. Discover secret spots, hear funny stories, and decipher local legends. Make new memories and laugh a ton as you learn why Austin is known for its motto, 'Keep Austin Weird'. Along with seeing all the top sites, get an opportunity to tour the State Capitol. Learn a little about Texas history and see the beautiful architecture throughout the Capitol. After your guided Capitol tour, head down to the Food Trucks to end your tour with a tasty treat.

Austin: City and Hill Country Non-Stop Tour in a Mercedes

3. Austin: City and Hill Country Non-Stop Tour in a Mercedes

Explore Austin with some real locals, covering 30 miles of interesting sights. Sit back and relax in a 14-passenger Mercedes-Benz sprinter and enjoy Austin's attractions and landmarks. Visit local hangouts, learn about the live music scene, the “Keep Austin Weird” culture, and the city’s extraordinary gastronomic scene. Go to the Six Square District in East Austin, where you'll learn more about Austin’s Black music, arts, and cultural history. Let a local resident be your guide as you discover lively parks, trendy shopping districts, and the Hill Country’s lakes and vistas.

Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

4. Austin: Panoramic City Center Tour with Stops

With an Austinite as your driver and guide, explore everything from Austin’s towering downtown buildings to its historic architecture, murals, and nature. Enjoy GPS audio narration and stops along the way to fully experience the city’s iconic spots. Put on your sanitized single-use headsets and listen to a GPS-powered audio tour featuring real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see along the drive, conveniently available in both English and Spanish. For your first stop, visit the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge that arches over Lady Bird Lake. Get out and stroll along part of the bridge, taking in breathtaking views of the water and the city skyline. Learn about Lady Bird Lake’s ecosystem and lesser-known facts about Austin from your guide as you look over the city. Along the way, expect to find out more about gorgeous architecture—and entertaining historical anecdotes—including The Driskill Hotel, the University of Texas campus, and the new development happening downtown. Get plenty of 360-degree views from the comfort of your seat, making it that much easier to see all the special details that line the city streets. Catch glimpses of murals and public art, which might include Monopoly Mural, Dazed & Confused, and the Harmony mosaic, as your guide tells you more about the artists who created them. Stop at the Texas State Cemetery and get out to hear more about the Texas legends who have been laid to rest here. Stephan F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnson, Governor John Connally, and Chris Kyle are among the Texas officials buried at this cemetery.

Austin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

5. Austin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Embark on a 2-hour bike tour of Austin and pedal down to some of the famous spots around downtown and the river front. A local guide will lead you along a route that also takes back streets and hiking trails beloved by locals. Along the way, see why they like to "Keep Austin Weird" in this cultural hub.  The tour begins by going along the famous Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Barton Springs Pool area, and Zilker Park. Then, take a stop at the South Congress Avenue Bridge and learn about the largest urban colonization of bats in North America. From there, head towards the new boardwalk for amazing views of the Austin skyline. See Austin's hottest entertainment district, Rainey Street, and learn how it came to be.  Finish your tour by heading up north to the Texas State Capitol, where you'll be able to go inside and admire the famous rotunda. Take time to snap some photos before cruising back towards the shop along the newly renovated Shoal Creek Trail. The tour ends at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.

Austin: Haunted History Ghost Tour

6. Austin: Haunted History Ghost Tour

On this ghost tour you will visit haunted locations such as The Omni Hotel, the William Sidney Porter House, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops.  Austin has a unique way of encouraging eccentric behavior with its infamous element of the weird. The history of the capital of Texas offers shocking stories of forbidden lovers, heartbreaking suicides, brutal murders, and freak accidents.  Some of the ghosts you may encounter on this historic ghost tour are playful and harmless, but others are quite wicked and have committed some horrific crimes in their lifetimes. Stroll through hotspots in the "City of Bats" on this ghost tour and explore the dark side of the city's charming downtown streets. You’ll not only visit the most haunted places in town, but also discover the history that lives on in each building.  Keep your cameras ready because some pretty spooky footage has been captured on some of these expeditions. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the suicide brides roaming around the Driskill, or witness the legendary "Man with the Cigar" who thoughtfully paces around the Paramount Theatre.  Loads of tall tales will skim the surface of Austin’s history, but you will also hear true stories that have been thoroughly fact-checked and researched.

Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

7. Texas: Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Tour with Stops

Experience the multilayered reputation of Texas’ capital city on this extended tour of Austin that features all the best stops. Grab a seat in a luxury convertible Mercedes tour vehicle and take in 360-panoramic views as you move through this music-driven metropolis. Expect a crash course on the history and culture from an expert guide, stops to get out and take pictures, and the local insider knowledge that comes from taking one of the city’s best small-group tours. Take in landmarks like the capitol, university, and The Driskill Hotel, the stomping grounds of legends like Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Later, head over to Barton Springs, Mount Bonnel, and Austin’s award-winning Central Library. Listen to GPS-powered audio narration with real-time entertaining conversations about the sights you see along the tour. You’ll be so jam-packed with Austin info and experiences that you’ll feel like a local yourself by the end of the tour.

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

8. Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

Embark on a full-day tour from select Downtown San Antonio or Downtown Austin hotels through the rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country. Visit the former home of U.S President Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as LBJ Ranch, explore Fredericksburg, stop by Luckenbach, and end your day at a Texas winery. After pickup at your hotel in San Antonio or Austin, head out of the city toward the famous Texas Hill Country. Make your first stop in Johnson City to visit the home where President Lyndon B. Johnson spent his younger years. Continue on to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and have time to explore LBJ Ranch, also known as the "Texas White House." Be sure to stop by the hangar to see LBJ's plane, and view the many exhibitions on site. From there, head down to the charming town of Fredericksburg, a historic German town. While there, have time to shop at boutique stores and enjoy lunch in the square. Be sure to make time to taste some wine at one of the many wine tasting rooms throughout the town, and check out the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of the Pacific War. This portion of the tour is flexible and you will have time to explore at your own pace. Afterward, experience the magic and music of Luckenbach, Texas, "where everybody's somebody." Step back in time in this tiny Hill Country Town that was established as a trading post in 1849, making it one of the oldest settlements in Texas. Kick back, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a town known for exuding the Texas state of mind. Enjoy some good ol' country music before heading back to the city. Finally, end your day traveling through Texas vineyards. Learn about the development of the Texas wine industry and even visit one of the area's award-winning local wineries. Tastings are optional and will be an additional fee. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in either Downtown Austin or Downtown San Antonio.

Austin: Murder By Gaslight Ghost Tour

9. Austin: Murder By Gaslight Ghost Tour

Discover the dark underbelly of Austin. Hear the chilling tales of violent deaths, suicides, serial killings, and ghosts who just plain refuse to check out of their hotels. Enjoy this adults-only tour that explores the dark, dangerous, and spooky side of 19th century Austin while exploring the city’s historic district.  Learn all about the city’s scariest spots, including Dumont’s Down Low, Guy Town, Oilcan Harry’s, Driskill Hotel, Omni Hotel, the historic Old Courthouse, and Moonlight Tower.

Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

10. Austin: Haunted Pub Crawl Walking Tour

In Austin’s Haunted Pub Crawl, take a deep dive into the city during the Old West days. Stop over in a few bars to look at some of the weird and unusual history, and death that the city has dealt with. Learn from your guide about Driskill Hotel, one of Austin’s finest and oldest hotels that probably houses more ghosts in it than guests, and about how the city’s locations all have stories of a troubled past.  Each location and each spirit has a story that they want to tell, a story that can be found on every street corner and every brick, each one uniquely different from the last. Learn the stories of Austin one drink at a time.

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Very good activity if you have never been to Austin and want a good overview of the city. Our guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable both about bikes and the city. We made lots of stops and saw pretty much all of downtown. This was my first time on an ebike. I felt very comfortable on it with just a few blocks. Highly recommend this tour.

We (teenage daughter , husband and I) had such a great time on our 2 hour bike tour of the city. Our guide Tanner was great - friendly and knowledgeable about the city. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Austin. If you are on the fence- book this tour!

Excellent tour of Austin. River trails, parks, State Capital and neighbourhoods. Parker was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, great sense of Texas history.

Christina did an excellent job with lots of different information about Austin. She was engaging and entertaining!!

Great trip with Evan. He is a great guide and all the stops were awesome. Everyone on the tour was super friendly.