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Our most recommended Austin Day Trips

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.

Texas Hill Country and LBJ Ranch Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. 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.

Downtown Austin Adventure: 3-Hour Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

4. 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

Austin: Scavenger Hunt by Smartphone

5. 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.

From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo & Boat Cruise

6. From Austin: San Antonio Day Trip with Alamo & Boat Cruise

Begin your 7-hour tour of San Antonio, Texas with a complimentary downtown Austin hotel pickup. Your local guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to a fresh & clean Mercedes Metris van, ready to start your journey to San Antonio, Texas. Enjoy a short commute between the two cities and witness iconic Texan points of interest along the way. You will drive through two notable major cities, New Braunfels and then San Marcos and pass by notable points of interest along the way such as the Texas State Capitol, Natural Bridge Caverns, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels, and Congress Avenue Bridge. Your guide will narrate and provide ongoing highlights about the surrounding area along the drive. Upon arriving in San Antonio, you will visit the local cultural icon, The Alamo, where you can stand in the footsteps of heroes from long before. Walk among legends as you enjoy a guided tour that leads you through the courtyard revealing the infamous story of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Get up close and personal with some of the Alamo’s largest weapons and fortifications including the 16 pounder cannon, palisades, and barracks. Be transported to your next location on the tour while learning about fun historic highlights and local insights. Take the opportunity to learn about the local area with a Q & A with your friendly guide. Next stop, the popular San Antonio Spanish Missions where your guide will lead you through Missions San Jose. Witness the the city's stonewalls and granary that give this place its unique character. Take a 190-meter elevator ride to the top of Tower of the Americas to witness the most magnificent panoramic view of the city at the Tower’s Observation Deck. Afterwards, your guide will lead you to the city’s most enchanting experience at the world-renowned 15-mile urban waterway on a relaxing, 35-minute River Walk Boat Cruise. Enjoy the charm of the winding urban river on a silent, electric, and colorful barge while experiencing stunning architecture, lively culture & music. The boat cruise will lead you past multiple points of interest such as the city’s very first neighborhood La Villita, the Old Mill Crossing, and Selena’s Bridge. Finally, your local guide will transport you back to your downtown Austin, Texas Hotel.

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What people are saying about Austin

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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.

Fun trip with many great stops. Who wants to leave the city should come and explore some nature and German fun.

Jose, our entertainer, guide was super, he was very informative & he knew his history.

Ethan was a great tour guide! My mom and I had so much fun.