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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.

Austin: True Crime Walking Tour and Pub Crawl

2. Austin: True Crime Walking Tour and Pub Crawl

Take a spine-chilling true crime journey through Austin on this macabre group walking tour. Visit the upscale rooftop cocktail lounges Azul Rooftop Bar, Rules and Regs, and Edge Rooftop Bar as you make your way through the city's dark past.  Be greeted by your guide at the Westin hotel in downtown Austin and begin to journey into the city's murderous history. Listen as your guide regales you with murder stories from Austin's past without a skimping on the morbid details. See some of the city's highlights as you make your way three cocktail bars. Have the chance to order some of the city's legendary cocktails. Hear about the grisliest killings the city has ever seen while taking in the breathtaking views the rooftop bars have to offer.

Austin: Haunted History Ghost Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

Austin: Murder By Gaslight Ghost Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

7. Austin: Family-Friendly Ghosts of Austin Tour

Find out all about Austin’s history, hauntings, and ghosts on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a ghostly tour that will keep all the family entertained. Begin your spooky adventure with an introduction to Austin’s haunted past. Then, set off to visit some of the most haunted locations in the city, such as the Driskill, the Texas Governor's Mansion, and the Texas State Capitol. As you walk, hear about the intricacies of Austin’s haunted history and possible explanations for the hauntings.

Austin: Haunted City Exploration Game

8. Austin: Haunted City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Clearfield Lawn Care. It will take around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete but you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Moonshine Grill. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready to get spooked? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Austin Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

9. Austin Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Explore where you're staying and learn about the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city, at your own extent. A private car can be added to the tour. 

Austin: Lost Legends of Texas Cocktail Tour

10. Austin: Lost Legends of Texas Cocktail Tour

Join this lost legends of Texas cocktail walking tour and embark on a journey through the wildest aspects of Texas history. Enjoy bar hopping, sipping on cocktails, and learning from your guide all about Texas's local legends and darkest secrets. Meet your guide at The Roosevelt Room bar to begin your crawl. Start your tour by tasting their signature cocktail, the Cigar Box cove. Next, walk to Dumont's Down Low in Austin's Warehouse District. Explore this historical bar and feel like you have been transported back to the early-1900s. Feeling thirsty? No worries, enjoy another cocktail to sip. Continue walking to your next stop, The Driskill Hotel Bar; this is as authentic as it gets. Named the best bar in Texas, which serves local favorites like bourbon and the Batini - Austin's official cocktail. Enjoy a cocktail before heading to your next stop. Head to your last stop, the Moonshine Grill. Immerse yourself in this 19th-century mercantile; this casual bar serves some of Austin's most innovative cocktails. Experience a night in Austin that you won't forget. Full of history, fun, and top-notch cocktails. This tour is right up your street if you like strong drinks and strong history.

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What people are saying about Austin

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

Originally it was scheduled to be a walking tour but with the cold weather they changed it to a driving tour. Our tour guide Nick was helpful, funny and had a great attitude.

Great bars and presentation. Lots of discussion on the many Austin murders. The weather made it more difficult to enjoy, but that's outside the guide's control.

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.

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

First time in your city it was a great experience.