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Head from downtown to Georgetown and beyond to Texas Hill Country on this expert-led experience that unites past with present and sets you up in a jazz club turned hotel.
Today, Austin may be known as the BBQ capital of the world, a melting pot of live music and for wearing its “weird” badge proudly, but did you know that the state capital of Texas was once a riverside village called Waterloo? Even long-term Austinites delight in the layers of past and present that coalesce in the city’s culture. “I have lived in Austin for over 20 years, and I am still shot with joy as I drive down Barton Springs Road,” says Amanda Eyre Ward, an Austin-based author whose novel, The Jetsetters, was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
“I love the swampy smell of the greenbelt and the butter-yellow sun on the Southern live oak trees. I love Laguna Gloria – an Italianate villa turned art gallery on the shores of Lake Austin – and seeing the Contemporary Austin neon sign glow, watching the dome of the Texas State Capitol from the Driskill Hotel’s deck, and the James Turrell Skyspace at the University of Texas.”
To help you dive deeper into the rich history of this sprawling metropolis and its surroundings, we’ve found fascinating tours and fixed you up in a retro-chic hotel, all bookable right here on Culture Trip.
All levels of fitness are welcome on this guided 5K (3mi) run that takes you past downtown Austin’s historic sights and landmarks. With approximately one guide for every six runners, you can go at your own comfortable pace (or even walk) and listen as your guide tells the story of the city’s fascinating evolution from Old West frontier town to progressive tech capital through its architecture. You’ll pass the Texas Capitol building, the Governor’s Mansion, Congress Avenue’s “bat” bridge and the Paramount Theatre, as well as more modern markers.
This tour takes you on a road trip into Texas Hill Country to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, a cultural center designed to immerse you in the life story of the 36th president, from his childhood on a rural Texas ranch to the JetStar he flew in as Vice President. Next, you’ll have time to explore the wineries, breweries and antique stores of historic German settlement, Fredericksburg, and stop in the live-music hotspot of Luckenbach before heading back to Austin.