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Texas History Inside and Out

A walking tour of historic sites, buildings, and places around the Texas State Capitol and University of Texas at Austin
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This walking tour provides the visitor with many views of Texas History. Starting with the beautiful state capitol building, the... more »

Tips:  This tour can be very hot in summer months. Make sure to take frequent stops in the shade, and take advantage of air-conditioning at... more »

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Points of Interest

As you enter the Capital grounds, the Visitor's Center is the large castle-like building to the right. The Visitor's Center is located in the restored General Land Office Building. There are several exhibits, as well as travel counselors from the State Department of Transportation to help you plan the rest of your visit.

Stroll through the grounds from the Visitor's Center to the Capitol itself. This building was completed in 1888 and is made from sunset red granite, quarried just 50 miles from downtown Austin. Free, guided tours last about 45 minutes and are available seven days a week, excluding major holidays.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is just a few blocks north of the Capitol and is worth a visit for history buffs. There are regular showings of The Story of Texas film, as well as changing and permanent exhibits that cover all aspects of Texas history from oil to space exploration to Texas music.

The Blanton Museum of Art is a wonderful place to cool off on a hot day, of which there are many in Austin. The cafe here is also a nice place to stop for lunch or a beverage.

One of 13 presidential libraries and museums administered by the Library and Archives Administration. This particular one chronicles the tenure of the 36th President. There are a number of exhibits specific to LBJ and his time in office. Additionally, there are changing exhibits that relate to the time period in general, and even a replica of... More

Take a long stroll back through the University of Texas Campus and on to Scholz Garten for afternoon drinks or a late lunch. Scholz Garten has been in operation since 1866, and has long been a favorite hang out of Texas politicians and the journalists who cover Texas politics. Word has it that anything that gets done at the Capitol, actually... More