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Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide

1. 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.

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Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

2. Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

Start at the shop and get outfitted to a pedal-assist E-bike. After a quick safety meeting and pre-ride warm-up, head towards the South Congress District and check out many of Austin's most famous murals where you'll have time to stop and snap some photos before heading on to your next adventure. Head towards the new boardwalk and take in the views of the Austin skyline before heading north to check out Downtown Austin. As you enter the downtown area, see some of Austin's most popular entertainment districts including Rainey Street and 6th Street. Continue towards the Texas State Capitol and get a chance to walk inside and check out the famous rotunda. Finish your tour by heading to the University of Texas campus and learn about the school's history. On your way back to the shop, stop at Texas's oldest swimming pool and the gem of Austin, Barton Springs. This natural pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby a natural spring and sits at 65 degrees year-round.

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From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle

3. 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.

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Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. 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.

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Downtown Austin Adventure: 3-Hour Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

5. Downtown Austin Adventure: 3-Hour Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

Join this wacky interactive tour for an entirely unusual way to explore the wonderful city of Austin! Turn downtown Austin into your own personal game board and let your smart phone be your guide in a competition to see best sights of the city and learn all about its fascinating local history. This 3-hour Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt provides the perfect tour for groups – large or small – that are looking to make their Austin experience fun and memorable. Begin the adventure in the heart of the State’s Capitol and race with your team through the city's most interesting historic sites, along the exciting 6th Street, down the scenic riverfront, and to various other gems hidden nestled in the vibrant city of Austin. Points of Interest on Your Quest: Captiol Building Driskill Hotel 6th Street Frank Hot Dogs Lady Bird Lake

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Austin: Scavenger Hunt by Smartphone

6. Austin: Scavenger Hunt by Smartphone

Turn Austin into a giant game board on an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the reality series, "Amazing Race" with a 3-hour sightseeing tour. Using your smartphone, make your way among well-known and overlooked gems, solving clues and completing challenges while learning the local history. Set off near Congress Avenue Bridge – known as the Bat Bridge for the bats that come out nightly – and follow the trails that travel both sides of Lady Bird Lake to experience the wild side of the city. Encounter famous sculptures, tributes to musicians, hidden art, and grand vistas of the skyline along the way. Start when you want and determine your own pace, stop for lunch or take a stroll on one of the shaded trails. Great value for people on a budget, the scavenger hunt covers dozens of points of interest, including the urban park of Auditorium Shores, the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Shoal Beach.

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What people are saying about Austin

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Wonderful! This tour is absolutely amazing! Highly recommended Everything was great. We made 4-5 stops. Each was fantastic and the tour guide was very relaxed. She gave us enough time to explore each area. The only problem I had with this tour was communication. GetYourGuide confirmation email said that I had to call the company to confirm. That was absolutely annoying because I paid and confirmed that I would go! Why should I call the company! What was even worse the company never answered me. I called and sent emails but received no response. So, I wasn’t even sure that the driver would show up until 10 minutes before the pickup time. This was the only downside of the whole trip. I hope the company would improve the way they communicate with customers and also I hope that GetYourGuide would ensure that a trip is confirmed once payment is completed and confirmation email is sent. Other than this problem, the tour is really great!

This was so much fun, I would highly recommend it. Plenty of things to do and see. The hunt did not take us inside the capital building so while you are there you need to go inside, it's amazing. Also I would suggest getting a scooter app and taking scooters to each different location as it is probably over 3 miles of walking. We had never been to Austin and this gave us something to do on a Sunday and showed us some interesting areas downtown.

It was amazing. The driver-guide, Loretta, was so knowledgeable and friendly so we really enjoyed all her lectures and stories. My wife and I would recommend taking this tour.

We had a great tour guide Trace. He is awesome. Made the ride to and back not boring. Great food at Salt Lick and wine was great at both wineries. We meet beautiful people ❤.

Best tour I have I been on. Vehicle is very comfortable. Trace is a star. If I can give him 10 stars I would. Really highly recommend for everybody.