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Austin City Guide

By: Amy Lemen

Austin Organized Tours Overview

©2006 Houstonian You can view Austin and thesurrounding Hill Country on aHill Country Flyer train ride.

If you want to take an organized tour of Austin, there are plenty of options. See Austin from the land and from the lake in an authentic amphibious military landing vehicle with Austin Duck Adventures Tours (1605 W 5th St). You'll see the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Lyndon B Johnson Library and Museum, and Sixth Street while learning about Austin. It's wise to make reservations one to two months in advance; these tours are very popular with locals and visitors alike!

Capital Cruises Austin (208 Barton Springs Rd, 512/480-9264) offers tours of Town Lake with a sunset cruise on the Lone Star Riverboat, an authentic, double-decker paddleboat. And, from May through October, it's the best way to see the bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge -- far preferable to huddling with peering crowds on top of the bridge.

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Try an alternative form of transportation with Austin's Segway Tours (621 East 6th St). After training and orientation, you'll be zooming around the city on your own personal Segway while listening to a professional guide discuss the city's landmarks, including Town Lake, Congress Avenue, the UT Tower and more. Riders must be 12 and older; reservations are recommended.

Give your feet a rest and kick back on the Hill Country Flyer (610 Brazos) for a leisurely train ride through Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. Choose between a coach (authentic 1920s rail car) and lounge (more modern cars with complimentary snacks and soft drinks) car, and enjoy the ride.

Believe in ghosts? Austin Ghost Tours (617 Congress Ave), featured in USA Today, might make you think otherwise on its tour of Austin landmarks renowned for its ghosts, including the luxury Mobil Three-Star Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos St).

The hotel you choose is a key part of a visit to any city. Austin hotels include the hip, the cool, the contemporary, and the luxurious. Can't decide where to stay? Read our guide to Austin's hotels on the next page. If you want to take an organized tour of Austin, there are plenty of options. See Austin from the land and from the lake in an authentic amphibious military landing vehicle with Austin Duck Adventures Tours (1605 W 5th St). You'll see the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the Lyndon B Johnson Library and Museum, and Sixth Street while learning about Austin. It's wise to make reservations one to two months in advance; these tours are very popular with locals and visitors alike!

©2006 Houstonian You can view Austin and thesurrounding Hill Country on aHill Country Flyer train ride.

Capital Cruises Austin (208 Barton Springs Rd, 512/480-9264) offers tours of Town Lake with a sunset cruise on the Lone Star Riverboat, an authentic, double-decker paddleboat. And, from May through October, it's the best way to see the bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge -- far preferable to huddling with peering crowds on top of the bridge.

Try an alternative form of transportation with Austin's Segway Tours (621 East 6th St). After training and orientation, you'll be zooming around the city on your own personal Segway while listening to a professional guide discuss the city's landmarks, including Town Lake, Congress Avenue, the UT Tower and more. Riders must be 12 and older; reservations are recommended.

Give your feet a rest and kick back on the Hill Country Flyer (610 Brazos) for a leisurely train ride through Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. Choose between a coach (authentic 1920s rail car) and lounge (more modern cars with complimentary snacks and soft drinks) car, and enjoy the ride.

Believe in ghosts? Austin Ghost Tours (617 Congress Ave), featured in USA Today, might make you think otherwise on its tour of Austin landmarks renowned for its ghosts, including the luxury Mobil Three-Star Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos St).

The hotel you choose is a key part of a visit to any city. Austin hotels include the hip, the cool, the contemporary, and the luxurious. Can't decide where to stay? Read our guide to Austin's hotels on the next page.