3 - 4 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Self-Guided Driving Tour of Austin
Uncover the unique charm of Austin, Texas with this self-guided driving tour. Begin in the lively downtown district and wind your way to the laid-back South Congress Avenue, discovering modern skyscrapers, lush green spaces, and quirky local shops along the way. Dive into the city’s rich history, filled with music legends, political milestones, and a distinct Texan culture that resonates through the bustling streets. With its eclectic arts scene, delectable food trucks, and beautiful lakeside views, there’s truly no place like Austin.
About the Tour
Your tour begins in the heart of Austin, the energetic Downtown district. You’ll marvel at the iconic Frost Bank Tower and the historic Texas State Capitol, where politics and culture collide.
From there, you’ll cruise through South Congress Avenue, an eclectic neighborhood brimming with local boutiques, food trucks, and the famous ‘I love you so much’ mural. You’ll dive into the cultural essence of Austin and understand why it’s called the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’.
Next, head to the historic Rainey Street, lined with charming bungalow houses converted into trendy bars. Enjoy stories of the area’s transformation and its now vibrant nightlife scene.
Your tour then leads you to the serene shores of Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River. Learn about the history and ecological efforts surrounding this much-loved Austin gem.
Further on, you’ll drive through Zilker Metropolitan Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. You’ll learn about its history, the annual events like ACL Music Festival, and its attractions such as Barton Springs Pool.
Your journey continues towards the University of Texas, a leading institution with rich history and vibrant student culture. Get a sense of the college spirit that permeates the city.
As you progress, explore the soulful East Austin district, known for its food scene, art murals, and historic sites like the Texas State Cemetery. Understand the area’s past, present, and future.
Next, visit the Texas State Capitol, a significant symbol of Texas history and politics. Discover how its unique architecture and artifacts tell the story of the Lone Star State.
Lastly, you’ll reach Mount Bonnell, the city’s highest point. Take in the sweeping views of the Austin skyline and the Colorado River. This marks the end of your tour, leaving you with a lasting impression of Austin’s rich culture, history, and natural beauty.
Starting Address: 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731
Preview the Tour
Zilker Botanical Garden Audio Story
Texas Capitol Audio Story
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
The tour works offline, so you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we suggest you download the tour on WiFi at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc., before heading out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket to any of the attractions along the way.
Not a Car Rental
We do not provide car rental services. You must arrange for a car yourself. Our self-guided driving audio tours will work in any car via an aux cable or Bluetooth.
How many tours should I buy?
Since this is a driving tour, we suggest you buy one tour per car for the best experience.
What do we do?
Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!