This running tour explores the historical landmarks and lesser-known points of interest that make up the Lone Star State’s capital. Austin is a relic of the Old West, but the city has grown by leaps and bounds to become a beacon of technology and innovation in the South. On this tour, we’ll explore Austin’s colourful past and get a glimpse into the city’s future.
You’ll find out why the Driskill Hotel is famously haunted, the origins of Austin’s identity as ‘Silicon Hills’ and why going out drinking on ‘Dirty 6th’ is reserved for tourists. Other highlights on the tour include hearing about:
• Stevie Ray Vaughan, the man who invented Texas Blues
• The fiery feminine spirit of Angelina Eberly, whose statue we’ll visit
• The story of the Servant Girl Annihilator, Austin’s first serial killer
• The hauntings at the Driskill Hotel
• Austin’s frightening history of flooding
Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a local who’s curious about the alternative tales it has to share, this tour is a valuable introduction to Austin’s history.
Allow 45 minutes to an hour if you’re running the tour, and up to an hour and a half if you’re walking it.