Austin: The Capital Story of Texas
Three days / two nights
A wealth of Texas history, culture and government to experience!
Your tour can include as many of these nuggets as you wish.
The State Capitol and Visitors Center – one of the most important buildings in Texas. Our private tour will explain the history of this magnificent building and the workings of state government. A separate outdoors tour will tell us about the monuments on the grounds.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum – including all three floors of historical displays, The Spirit of Texas film and the special exhibit then on display. This new museum is the talk of Texas and must be visited by student, young or old, of Texas culture.
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center – A treat for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, as the Center also includes examples of domestic construction from the various regions of the State, ideas for plantings in different climatic zones, and a visual feast of colorful Texas-only native vegetation.
State Cemetery – Our guide will show your group the resting places of numerous important Texans, with biographical descriptions of their lives and meaning to Texas. Governors, generals, cultural leaders, and Texans of all types lie in rest here.
The French Legation – This “embassy” of a foreign country, being the oldest dwelling in Austin, will allow you the opportunity to relive the Republic period.
The Republic of Texas Museum – Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will show us through their exhibits on Texas 19th century history.
The Jourdan-Bachmann Pioneer Farm – A 75-acre farm that continues the authentic way families lived and farmed in the 1880s. Demonstrators will show you how to use farm implements and work with the animals.
O. Henry Museum – Your visit to the home of the excellent short story writer William Sydney Porter will explain his writings and colorful background.
Elisabet Ney Museum – Ney’s studio is where your group will learn about the most accomplished sculptress in Texas annals and her impact on the State’s artistic community and cultural development.
LBJ Library – The official library and museum for President Lyndon Johnson.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve – On the western edge of town is this scenic, rugged Hill Country nature area. Our guides will explain to you the geology and plant and animal life of this region.
City of Austin – Its history as seen in a walking and driving tour, including the Bremond Block, the Moonlight Towers, the Governors Mansion, and other important sites.
Special added treats for originations in North Texas:
- West and the “Crash at Crush” – The rest stop on the way to Austin will be at the Czech community of West where you will hear about the amazing planned train wreck, the “Crash at Crush”.
- Salado and the Stagecoach Inn – You will have lunch at this historic 1850s inn where Texas greats have dined for 150 years.
Tour Can Include
The trip package price includes:
- Two nights accommodations
- Entrance fees and guides to all of the sites listed in the itinerary
- Motor coach transportation from a fully licensed and insured charter company
- Informational materials, suggested reading lists, and keepsake notes