Austin and Hill Country Panoramic Sightseeing Tour
There's nothing better than getting to know a city from a local, and that's exactly what you can expect on this 2.5-hour tour (with stops). Your Austinite guide will share stories about the fun-loving Texas capital aboard a 14-passenger convertible Mercedes-Benz sprinter van. This unique vehicle, which is open air, is also equipped with sanitized headsets that you can use to get to know Austin through conversations, with English and Spanish language options.
See all the local hangouts, hip and historic neighborhoods, and beautiful Central Texas Hill Country. Along the way, you'll get out to stretch for pictures and scenery on 3-4 stops that could include the the Driskill Hotel, Barton Springs, and the award-winning Austin Public Library.
Read the What to Expect section below to learn more about what you will see and where you will stop to visit on this ultimate guided tour of Austin.
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Stop At: The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701-3212
Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, the Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Stroll through the opulent lobby with its marble floors and stained-glass dome, corridors filled with museum-quality artwork, and grand mezzanine for a glimpse into the hotel’s storied past.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library, 701 W. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
The building was designed by a joint venture of San Antonio-based Lake Flato Architects, known for their energy-efficient and sustainable projects, and Boston-based Shepley Bulfinch, successor to the firm founded by 19th-century architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
The new central library offers a living rooftop garden, reading porches, an indoor reading room and a bicycle corral, large indoor and outdoor event spaces, a gift shop, an art gallery and a café run by the ELM Restaurant Group.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Mount Bonnell, 3800 Bonnell Dr, Austin, TX 78731-5846
Mount Bonnell, also known as Covert Park, is a prominent point alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s. The mount provides a vista for viewing the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: 2nd Street District, 2nd Street between Guadalupe and Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
2nd Street District centers around Austin’s best mix of local retail, restaurants, living and entertainment. It’s a vibrant area of walkable downtown shopping, dining and enjoyment.
Take a stroll and find Austin-owned restaurants and world-renowned music in this downtown gem. Includes Willie Nelson Statue, Moody Theater where Austin City Limits is recorded, City Hall and it's one block from the beautiful shores of Lady Bird Lake.
Pass By: Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, 100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-4072
The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge crosses over Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the world's largest urban bat colony, which is composed of Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Conservation International,between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer.
Pass By: Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704-1269
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts venue located along Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.
Pass By: Town Lake, Interstate 35 Mopac Bridge, Austin, TX 78704
Auditorium shores is located on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake formerly known as Town Lake, immediately west of South 1st Street. To its south are the Long Center and Palmer Events Center. The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail passes through the park from west to east near the shore; one of the trail's major trailheads adjoins Auditorium Shores.The site includes a memorial statue of late Austin resident Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played a number of concerts at Auditorium Shores. The park is known for its scenic view of the downtown Austin skyline.
Pass By: Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1078
Producing Austin's best live theatre for audiences of all ages. Musicals, plays, theatre for families, camps, classes, special events, and more
Stop At: Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd Zilker Park, Austin, TX 78746-5736
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.
Duration: 5 minutes
Pass By: Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most-loved park." This 351-acre metropolitan park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities and special events for individuals and families.
Pass By: Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin, TX 78704-1453
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is home to the largest collection of American sculptor Charles Umlauf's work.
Pass By: Barton Creek Greenbelt, 200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704-1046
The Barton Creek Greenbelt, which travels through south Austin, is the go-to destination for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes in the city. You can enjoy hiking, biking, rock-climbing, bouldering, swimming and even lazily passing a day perched in a hammock or sunbathing on a boulder along Barton Creek. Enjoy 12 miles of trails via several access points throughout Austin.
Pass By: Wild Basin Preserve, 805 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746-3301
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve consists of 227 acres of native Texas Hill Country habitat west of Austin, Texas in Westlake Hills. The preserve maintains 2.5 miles of hiking trails.
Pass By: Pennybacker Bridge, Austin, TX
The Percy V. Pennybacker Jr. Bridge in Austin, Texas, is a through-arch bridge across Lake Austin which connects the northern and southern sections of the Loop 360 highway, also known as the "Capital of Texas Highway." The road is widely considered one of the most scenic urban drives in Texas, in large part due to this arched weathering-steel bridge and the rolling hills that flank the road.
Pass By: Mayfield Park, 3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703
Mayfield Park and Preserve is an island of restful respite located in the middle of Austin, Texas. Mayfield Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This entire estate was presented to the city of Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for all Austinites to enjoy as a park.
Pass By: The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703-1001
"This Mediterranean style villa was built in 1916 for Henry H. and Clara Driscoll Sevier. Named Laguna Gloria for a nearby lagoon off the Colorado River, the stuccoed home features a decorative window at San Jose Mission in San Antonio. In 1943 the site was conveyed to the Texas Fine Arts Assoc. by Clara Driscoll, best known for her efforts to preserve the Alamo. Her homesite is now owned by Laguna Gloria Art Museum." Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1983
Pass By: 6th Street, 115 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701-3651
The nine-block area of East Sixth Street roughly between Lavaca Street to the west and Interstate 35 to the east is recognized as the Sixth Street Historic District and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 30, 1975.Developed as one of Austin's trade and commercial districts in the late 1800s, the predominant building style are two- or three-story masonry Victorian commercial architecture. Most structures in the area had already been built by the 1880s, though a few notable exceptions include the Driskill Hotel (1886), the Scarbrough Building (1910), and the Littlefield Building. East Sixth Street (known locally as Dirty Sixth) plays host to a wide variety of events each year, ranging from music and film festivals (such as South by Southwest) to biker rallies (such as The Republic of Texas Biker Rally) and the Pecan Street Festival.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including the address and parking information if applicable - will be included in your final confirmation email.
- Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Signature PinkTag Partner Souvenir luggage tag
- Tour in a luxury air conditioned vehicle
- Covers all the iconic Austin spots and stops.
- Earbuds (you may also use your own)
- Food and Beverage not included, but you can bring your own food/beverage
- State required child safety seat for infants & young children
- Parking Fees
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Please allow us 72 hours notice for ADA accessible vehicles
- Please note: Adult guests with children younger than eight years of age (unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches) will need to bring a child safety seat, this is Texas State Law
- Please contact us with any health concerns you may have. There will be stops at locations with uneven surfaces.
- As of 05/04/2020 – We are offering tours by reservation only. We are taking the following steps to protect the health of our employees and guests: 1.We are requiring that our guides provide their temperature each day, and they will not be allowed to report to work if ill in any way 2.We have increased the frequency of our cleanings. We are now fully sanitizing the vehicles after each tour 3.We are asking passengers to not join us if they currently are ill or if they have had any Covid-19 symptoms with in the last 3 weeks 4.We will be asking all passengers to make a health declaration stating they’re healthy by signing a waiver that will be sent to you by email. 5.We will be using infrared thermometers to check all passenger temperatures before they board the vehicle. We will ask anyone with a fever or high-temperature to please leave the area immediately, and we will contact them about rescheduling at another time 6.We are requiring that both our guides and and guest wear masks at all times (this includes the time outside the vehicle waiting to board) 7.Guides will be providing hand sanitizer to each guest as they board the vehicle so that nobody is grasping handles or seat belts with unclean hands as they board and get seated We reserve the right to reschedule or refuse admittance (without refund) if you can’t comply with requirements 3 through 7. These requirements must be followed to insure the safety of our passengers and guides.
- Special accommodations for wheelchair accessible needs will be addressed by management. Special arrangements may require as long as 72 hours’ notice to secure.
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- See full detail of requirements in health restrictions
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