Austin, Texas audio tour: Historical Downtown Austin: A Running or Walking Tour

Historical Downtown Austin: A Running or Walking Tour

Running Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

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.

Tour Producer


Lee Ackerley

There is no better way to explore a city than by running through its streets and exploring a city's rich history and culture. My name is Lee and I'm the founder of Swift Fit Events, an Austin-based events company that provides fitness and wellness activities and virtual alternatives for corporate events and luxury hotels. I hope you enjoy my take on the Austin downtown. Have fun and be safe!

Major Landmarks

  • Texas Capitol Building

  • The Driskill Hotel

  • Congress Avenue Bat Bridge

  • Lady Bird Lake

  • Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue

  • Austin City Hall

  • The Independent

  • Governor's Mansion

Directions to Starting Point

The Loop Running Supply is a running store that serves as a great location to begin and end runs/walks.

Show Directions
Buying for somebody else?
If you’d like to give VoiceMap tours as a gift, you have two options: choose the tours yourself, or buy a voucher redeemable against any of VoiceMap’s tours in 167 cities worldwide.
Buy a gift voucher
VoiceMap tours for large groups
If you’d like to provide groups of guests with access to a VoiceMap tour, you can buy a specific number of copies for a particular event or obtain a license for more regular use.
Find out more


Places to stop along the way

Congress Ave Bat Bridge, Texas Capitol Building, Driskill Hotel

Best time of day

Morning or Early Afternoon


Keep an eye out for construction or pandemic-related detours along the route.


Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Historical Downtown Austin: A Running or Walking Tour