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Austin Tours


Reserve tickets as you register for the conference.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 10:00AM–12:00PM and Friday, Nov. 22, 2:00–4:00pm
Downtown Austin Walking Tour
Take a stroll down Congress Avenue, Austin’s main street and the main street of Texas. Hear how Austin was founded two years after Texas won independence from Mexico, it’s tenuous years as Capitol of the Texas Republic, then Capitol of Texas during the years leading up to Texas’ Secession from the U.S., Reunification with the Union in 1870, then a state referendum in 1871 that permanently established Austin as the Capitol of Texas. See a wonderful mix of distinct architectural styles from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries.

Austin’s Congress Avenue is listed in the National Register of Historic Districts, and includes several buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including the Texas State Capitol (finished 1888; remodeled after the fire of 1983; three-story Capitol Underground built 1988–1993).

Other points of interest include:

East Sixth Street, also listed in the National Register of Historic Districts and including the Driskill Hotel (1886)— “The Grande Dame of Austin”; The Second Street District: a former “red light district” and warehouse district, now a five-block promenade containing shops, restaurants, Austin City Hall, Moody Theatre—where PBS-TV’s “Austin City Limits” is taped, and the Austin Central Library—cited in articles in Time Magazine and the New York Times.
Fee:  $10.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 1:00-3:00PM and Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:00–-4:00pm
Austin and Hill Country Bus Tour
Explore Austin's history and culture and get a glimpse of the Texas Hill Country on this comprehensive bus tour.  You'll see Austin’s must-see iconic points of interest and get an insight into the city’s rich history, including the historic and trendy East Austin, the African American Cultural Historic District.  Discover local hangouts, the live music scene, unique (weird) culture, local arts, outdoor lifestyle, lively parks, and the Hill Country’s lakes and vistas.
Fee:  $45.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30AM-9:30PM
San Antonio: Missions, Alamo, Riverwalk and More
Spend the full day in lovely San Antonio exploring the history, cultures, sites, and people.  Following a 90-minute drive from Austin, the day starts at the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park and World Heritage Site.  The Park includes four separate mission sites, embodying 300 years of rich history and culture.  Next stop is the Alamo, one of the most enduring Texas symbols.  In the late afternoon, enjoy a cruise through the city along the San Antonio River.  The day finishes with dinner on own, at one of the San Antonio’s many great restaurants, before your return trip to Austin.
Fee: $125.

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