A high level view of Austin with a deep dive into South Austin and a tasting of Austin’s culinary offerings during the tour.
The route brings into our line of vision that which makes Austin special – openness and acceptance without judgment.
A brief look at downtown Austin and adjacent districts and neighborhoods in the west, north, east and south. This includes many Austin landmarks, entertainment districts, natural and man-made sites as well as The University of Texas. As you cycle, you experience the edge of the hill country and the flatness of the blackland prairie as Austin sits between these two regions of Texas. The sites are varied-historical and new, creative and unique, man-made entertainment and nature-created zen. We ride through a quiet neighborhood with opportunities to see and climb on a project dedicated to street art, to hear about and perhaps experience a dirt bike park, move past public art, ride over the Colorado River and cycle beside the river on the hike and bike trail to Zilker Park with Barton Springs pool. We may visit entertainment districts such as SoCo, Rainey Street, “Dirty 6th” and perhaps stopping for a break at Jo’s Coffee Shop, home of the well-known “I love you so much” mural.
Then we will move deeper into the South Austin area to delve further into the rich history and how it differs from North Austin. Old plantation lands have evolved into unique and unusual shops & places to eat. Peacocks roam free. There are historic/modern/eclectic homes. A view of the capitol as envisioned by an 1800’s entrepreneur. A Franciscan monastery also known as Castle Bouldin. Oh and there is the Herb Bar. Enough! So much to see.
For your culinary experience, we could stop at The Picnic – exceptional food truck park. In South Austin, we could partake of Amy’s Ice Cream or eat a piece of Home Slice pizza, try the newest Torchy’s Tacos location or…… there are many other choices such as taking time in the Rainey Street district to sample the food there north of the Colorado, aka Lady Bird Lake or known by us locals as Town Lake.
How much we see and ride is driven by the pace chosen by our guests.
My husband and I took a tour with Texas Bike Tours at the end of February 2016. Before we arrived in Austin, Deaton worked with us to carefully plan out an itinerary that would fit our interests and show us the best spots in Austin. Catherine was our pathfinder, and she did a fantastic job of showing us spots around town that we would have never seen without the tour. She gave us great background info on Austin, and she helped us get a good understanding of the layout of the city. We really enjoyed the bike tour itself, and we really appreciated the time that Deaton/Texas Bike Tours took to plan out a fantastic experience during our trip to Austin.