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Austin tours

Segway tours

What better way to experience Austin than on an electric two-wheeler Segway scooter? Gliding Revolution takes customers on environmentally-friendly tours to see some of Austin's most iconic sights in the Downtown area.

Tel: (512) 495 9250.
Website: http://www.glidingrevolution.com/

Amphibious tour

Part-van and part-boat, this hybrid sightseeing tour takes tourists on both land and sea (or lake). Austin Duck Adventures offers 75-minute tours on their "amphibious" duck boat. Stops include Sixth Street, the Texas Capitol and Lake Austin.

Tel: (512) 477 5274.
Website: http://austinducks.com/

Bus tours

See Austin and the Hill Country to get a taste of the city and its surroundings. Destinations include Downtown, the Texas Capitol, East Austin, West Austin and the Hill Country. Hop-on hop-off packages are available.

Tel: (512) 659 9478.
Website: http://www.austinovertures.com/

Ghost tours

If you're looking to experience the dramatic and often terrifying history of Austin, take advantage of a ghost tour to see the darker side of the city. These after-hours walking tours include stops at the reputedly haunted Driskill Hotel, the Texas Capitol and other downtown haunts. Advance reservations are recommended. Private trolley tours are also available.

Tel: (512) 853 9826.
Website: http://www.austinghosttours.com/

Austin excursions

Wimberley

Located 62km (38 miles) southwest,of Austin, this lovely spot is a popular destination for appreciators of small towns and swim holes. The gorgeous Blanco River runs through the area and carved out popular swimming locations such as Jacob's Well and Blue Hole. Weekenders shop at the town's tiny selection of boutique shops and art galleries.

Tel: (512) 847 2201.
Website: http://www.wimberley.org

Enchanted Rock

Considered by many to be a sacred place, this beautiful nature preserve is a popular destination for people who appreciate the beauty of the outdoors. Popular activities include camping, hiking and rock climbing.

Tel: (830) 685 3636.
Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/enchanted-rock

San Antonio

Located 127km (79 miles) southwest of Austin, this large city features both the world-famous Alamo and River Walk. Just a short day trip from Austin, it's worth taking the trek just to see a slice of Texas history.

Tel: (210) 207 6700.
Website: http://visitsanantonio.com

Fredricksburg

This German-settled village located 126km (78 miles) west of Austin features independent boutiques, German restaurants, antique stores, the legendary Oktoberfest celebrations and more.

Tel: 1 888 997 3600.
Website: http://www.fbgtx.org
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The Driskill

Built in 1886 and still standing as one of Austin's oldest buildings, this stately, and allegedly haunted, hotel sits in the epicenter of Downtown at Sixth Street near Congress Avenue. Enjoy staying in the ornate and classic rooms, grab a bite at the restaurant, 1886 Cafe and Bakery, and a drink at the Driskill Bar.

Intercontinental Hotel Stephen F. Austin

Located on Seventh Avenue at Congress Avenue, this impressive hotel is a common destination for travellers needing to be in the thick of the action. Featuring 189 large rooms with soft bedding, the hotel also offers a beautiful pool, a Jacuzzi and bar and restaurant offering hand-crafted beer, wine, cigars and fine food.

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons offers beautiful views of Lady Bird Lake with direct access to the Hike and Bike Trail. Located in Downtown Austin the Four Seasons offers a heated saltwater pool babysitting eucalyptus steam room and complimentary electric car charging station.

Hotel San Jose

Once a flophouse in the middle of what used to be a downtrodden neighbourhood, Hotel San Jose is now one of the premiere boutique hotels in all of Austin. Featuring hacienda-style rooms with access to a romantic courtyard with drink service and pool, Hotel San Jose is not only loved by guests, but by locals who enjoy sipping on cocktails in the warm atmosphere.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Owned by the same proprietors as Hotel San Jose, this quaint boutique hotel located in a gorgeous Travis Heights estate was named after the patron saint of music and poetry. Hotel Saint Cecilia offers 14 impeccable guest suites and a photo-worthy pool with a neon sign illuminating it. Favoured by celebrities.

Heywood Hotel

Arguably East Austin's first modern boutique hotel, this seven-room converted home features coffee service, Wi-Fi, bicycles, parking and an internet jukebox. For travellers who enjoy simple and sleek designs or to be in walking distance to the hot spots of East Austin and Downtown, the Heywood Hotel is a perfecting resting place.