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San Antonio, LBJ’s Hill Country, Austin: Pride of the Lone Star State

Program Number: 10459RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2014 - 5/4/2014; 4/10/2016 - 4/16/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/15/2016; 11/13/2016 - 11/19/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Price starting at: $1,048.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 15; 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Is everything bigger in the Lone Star State? Or is it just a big myth? Learn just how normal Texans really are on this adventure exploring Texas history, culture and politics — from richly diverse San Antonio to the LBJ Ranch in Hill Country to the state capital of Austin. The Old West’s six-guns are gone, but influences of the 26 ethnic groups that settled Texas beckon at every turn.


• In festive San Antonio, visit the newest extension of the river walk to find out how the city blends new development with historic preservation of cultural treasures. Enjoy a walking exploration of downtown to see the wide variety of architectural styles preserved in the city.
• Delve into the life of our 36th president at the LBJ Library and Museum, then experience the LBJ ranch and its Hereford cattle on the banks of the Pedernales River. Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War and explore the quaint German town of Fredericksburg.
• In Austin, get the “low-down” on politics at the state capitol, and visit the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. Find out why the city is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” with a private performance from a Grammy award winning artist.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily. Must be able to climb stairs and board motor coach with minimal assistance. Standing in museums for up to 2 hours a day.

Option to depart on your own from Austin.

Date Specific Information


This date itinerary begins in Austin and ends in San Antonio. Consider extending your stay by adding Signature City San Antonio (program #1981) following this program. Signature City San Antonio features the highlights of the city, and begins on May 4, 2014 in the same fabulous river walk hotel where this program ends. Find out why San Antonio is one of the most-visited cities in the country and enjoy two weeks of mild Texas April weather!


Extend your stay in Texas by enrolling in program #1981 Signature City San Antonio or #20562 On the Road: San Antonio to Big Bend National Park, both starting in the same great River Walk hotel.


See more of Texas by spending a week in San Antonio with program #1981, starting on October 2, or program #22272 on October 10. Both start at the same great river walk hotel in San Antonio!

Itinerary Summary

Arrival San Antonio, 2 nights; coach to Fredericksburg 1 night; coach to Austin 3 nights; return shuttle to San Antonio included.

Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.

San Antonio

Explored in 1691 and 1709 by Spanish expeditions that named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, the city of San Antonio today incorporates its colorful past into its present, offering the bustling River Walk, botanical gardens of native Texas flora, and the Missions National Historic Park, which includes the famous Alamo.

San Antonio: River Walk hotel. Fredericksburg; Quaint hotel. Austin: Modern hotel downtown.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Perryman

A fifth generation Texan and an award-winning teacher, Bill Perryman is known throughout Texas for his historical portrayals of heroic figures in Texas and American history and for his teacher trainings, seminars and educational explorations of historic San Antonio. He is the founder of History In Person Theater which is an official arts program for the Texas Commission on the Arts. Bill’s passion for history captivates audiences!
Bob Tissing

Bob Tissing has been an archivist at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library for 37 years. He has given numerous talks about the Presidential Library System, the White House telephone recordings and conversations, and in-depth talks about the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum. He has also given many behind-the-scenes explorations of the archives to various groups from around the world. He was a charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, as well as a member of the Society of American Archivists, and the Society of Southwest Archivists, where he was elected secretary, vice president, and president. Bob loves to play tennis and travels all over the world.
Chita Harris

If walking is your passion, Chita Harris is your go-to expert. From the Alamo to the River Walk, from the Hill Country to San Antonio’s fascinating array of missions, Chita has the energy and the expertise to lead you on illuminating hikes to the region’s many iconic sites. When she’s not putting one foot in front of the other, Chita can be found volunteering with a variety of local charities. Remind her to tell you about her time living on a Hereford cattle ranch.
Sue Peace

Sue Peace is a certified instructor on local San Antonio culture. She has an intimate knowledge of San Antonio and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, and she is a lifelong student of history as well as a former history teacher. She looks forward to sharing her passions for San Antonio and education with you.
Allen Hamilton

Allen Lee Hamilton is a professor of Texas and American history at St. Philip's College in San Antonio who has taught more than 400 college classes during his 35 year career. The author of four books and over 30 articles in historical and popular journals, Allen has won three NISOD Awards from the University of Texas for Teaching Excellence, was named Professor of the Year twice, and is a Minnie Stevens Piper nominee for the Outstanding College Professor in Texas. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington, and his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma. Perhaps most importantly, Allen is a fourth generation Texan whose family has been in this great state since 1866.
Jim Selcraig

Both a student and teacher of history, Jim Selcraig is a native of Texas who has long been fascinated with the story of America. After graduating from Baylor University and acquiring both his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, he wrote his dissertation on McCarthyism in the Midwest. Jim then became an instructor at Austin Community College in 1985, and came to the University of Texas in 1992. During his time at SWT, he has taught a multitude of courses in U.S. history during the 20th century, as well as on Texas history. Jim enjoys teaching, and is proud to have been awarded a “Favorite Professor Award” by the honor society, Alpha Chi, for several years.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Hotel
  Austin, Texas 3 nights
   Drury Plaza Hotel
  San Antonio, Texas 3 nights
 Radisson Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Hotel offers Texas hospitality, in a unique lakeside setting, located on Lady Bird Lake and the Hike and Bike Trail, a 10.1-mile trail that runs along the historic Colorado River through the heart of downtown Austin. The hotel occupies a dynamic site in the city's business district, convenient to the entertainment and music districts and Historic 6th Street where you will find the popular restaurants, night clubs and Live Music! It's just a short walk or bus ride to the Capitol, LBJ Library and Museum, The University of Texas, Bullock Texas State History Museum and more. The Radisson's T.G.I. Friday's Patio Deck is the best place to view the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, which come out most nights at dusk during the spring and summer seasons.
  Contact info: 111 Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701 USA
phone: 512-478-9611
  Room amenities: High-speed Internet access for an additional charge, cable television, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and daily complimentary newspaper. Smoking and nonsmoking rooms available.
  Facility amenities: Room service, laundry and dry-cleaning service, executive business center, safety-deposit boxes, exercise facility, gift shop, on-site Starbucks Coffee store, outdoor pool, ATM in lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary by availability. Participants must contact hotel directly for additional nights reservations at (512) 478-9611.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Drury Plaza Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architecture firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White designed the twenty-four story skyscraper and incorporated the Texas Stars and southwest patterns. This architectural masterpiece has been a landmark in the San Antonio skyline since its construction. Following a $70 million project the Drury Plaza has returned to its original splendor having retained most of its original historical features including the marble walls, wainscot, baseboards, travertine floors, and bronze and glass entry doors. The lobby soars three stories to a height of 40 feet. In 1975, the mezzanine level was extended across the back three bays of the bank lobby, and a "grand" circular stair was added, cutting into the basement level leading to the River Walk. The ceiling was modified in 1975 and the chandeliers were donated to the Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, Texas. Drury has located six of the eight umbrella style chandeliers now being used in the hotel lobby. The basement still contains three of the original bank vaults. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views. Many banks of the 1920's were remodeled to eliminate all traces of luxury, but the 1929 Alamo National Bank Building was able to retain the elegance and style of its heritage and history.
  Contact info: 105 South St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 USA
phone: 210-270-7799
  Room amenities: All rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, Internet access and cable TV.
  Facility amenities: Amenities at the Drury Plaza include a full hot breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, fruit, yogurt, cereals, coffee, and tea, complimentary Happy Hour daily, free long distance – one hour every night in every room, complimentary 24-hour business center, fitness room and Guest Pantry, on-site covered parking for an additional charge, free fountain soda and fresh popcorn each afternoon in the lobby, beautiful rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with citywide views, and guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Best seasonal price available. Please telephone hotel directly (210) 270-7799 for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel conference room. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 12 PM. You will be staying at Drury Plaza Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. To participate in your Road Scholar program, you are required to complete the Participant Information Form, which includes your health and safety information, lodging and meal preferences, and more. Please either complete and submit this online form or complete and mail back to your Program Provider a hard-copy version of the form included in your Preliminary Information Packet. Participants are also required to sign a University of Texas-mandated Release and Indemnification Agreement.
  Parking availability:
Additional charge for parking at Austin and San Antonio hotels. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Austin, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  Austin, Texas
  Nearest highway: Highway IH-35
  Nearest airport:  Austin Bergstrom International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  San Antonio, Texas
  Nearest city or town:  San Antonio, Texas
  Nearest highway: I-10, I-35 and I-37.
  Nearest airport:  San Antonio International Airport
Travel Details



From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826


Per Person/One Way:


Call 800-258-3826 or for current fares.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30-40 minutes depending on traffic. 




10 miles


In Austin from airport to hotel, Super Shuttle service, approximate cost $15 per person, one way. Super Shuttle telephone 800-258-3826. Reservations are not required, on arrival proceed to the Super Shuttle booth, lower level, near baggage claim. Prices are subject to change.




From Airport




Public Transportation
Airport Flyer Bus
phone: 512-474-1200


Per Person/One Way:


$1.50 per person each way- exact change
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




10 miles


Catch Capital Metro's Airport Flyer bus outside airport terminal on lower level. Bus stops on Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez/First Street, next to hotel. Catch return bus to airport from southbound stop of Congress and Cesar Chavez/First Street. Buses depart every 30 minutes for express service to airport.


San Antonio International


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Shuttle
phone: 210-281-9900
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person. Cost is subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


up to 30 minutes depending on traffic 


Go Airport Shuttle from San Antonio International Airport to hotel $20.25/one way, $36.50/round trip per person - cost is subject to change. Go Airport Shuttle website:, telephone 210-281-9900, reservations are not required from the airport to hotel; reservations required from hotel to airport and can be made after your arrival in San Antonio. Reservations made online at are discounted $1 less one way and $2 less round trip.


San Antonio International Airport


To Airport




Yellow Cab
phone: 210-222-2222


Per Person/One Way:


$27-$30 one way; two or more ride for the price of one. Cost subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic 




10 miles

Driving Directions
  Austin - From the East, Using Highway 71 Take I-35 North to the 1st Street (Cesar Chavez) exit. Head west on Cesar Chavez. The entrance to the Radisson will be on the left just before you reach Congress Avenue.
  From the North - Dallas/Fort Worth Take I-35 to the 1st Street (Cesar Chavez) exit. Head west on Cesar Chavez. The entrance to the Radisson will be on the left just before Congress Avenue.
  From the South, San Antonio Take I-35 to the 1st Street (Cesar Chavez) exit. Head west on Cesar Chavez. The entrance to the Radisson will be on the left just before Congress Avenue.
  From the West - Using Loop 1 North Take the 1st Street (Cesar Chavez) exit and proceed east, once through the Congress Avenue light, take a right into the Radisson.
  From the West - Using Loop 1 South Take the 1st Street (Cesar Chavez) exit and proceed east, once through the Congress Avenue light, take a right into the Radisson.
Elevation Note: Austin's elevation is 550 feet; San Antonio's elevation is 600 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Registration/Welcome & Orientation; Stereotypical Texan Presentation
(Monday, April 28)
 Afternoon: ORIENTATION begins in the hotel conference room at 4:30pm. Your arrival packet will contain an updated schedule of program activities, a list of fellow attendees, and your name badge. Start your Austin experience with an informative overview of the week to come. The site coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders; address responsibilities, questions, and concerns; review safety guidelines and emergency procedures; orient you to the hotel location on maps; and discuss the program schedule and what will be included in the field trips. Begin getting to know the program staff and your fellow participants with a get-acquainted session to introduce each member of the group. If you arrive late, be sure to pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. Breakfast each day is in the hotel with lunch and dinner at Austin area restaurants. This Road Scholar program provides opportunities to learn how history, culture, art and music all converge at the Lone Star State's capital, Austin. Learn about the evolution of Texas politics and factors that influenced changes during the past century. Find out why natives try so hard to "Keep Austin Weird". View the Texas White House - still a working ranch and final resting place of LBJ and Lady Bird. At Austin museums review the life of our 36th President and review history of the Lone Star State. In San Antonio explore America's most complete Spanish Colonial Spanish Mission complex featuring the Alamo, unlock San Antonio's colorful history, study the River Walk and its environs with historians, enjoy a barge cruise on the San Antonio River and discover more about cattle drives that originated in the area.
 Dinner: A nearby restaurant offers multiple entrées,and continuing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow participants and Road Scholar staff.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: "This is Austin" An informative look into the city’s diverse and interesting sub-cultures. Get an overall view of the city from a long-time resident and see what is new in this fast-growing city.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Texas Politics Presentation/LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
(Tuesday, April 29)

Note: Must be able to board public bus and stand 1-2 hours in museums.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: “Texas Political Traditions”- Explore the colorful history of Texas’ political past and present from a university professor, who will explain the evolution of the state's political parties. Find out what a "yellow dog Democrat" was and why there are so few of them in the state today.
 Lunch: Lunch at campus conference center with a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. Enjoy a behind-the scenes look at the archives and presidential papers from the Johnson administration. With an archivist, learn the history of presidential museums and libraries in the United States, as well as the origins of the LBJ museum, the first to be located on a university campus. Listen to recordings made during Johnson’s years in the White House that reveal much about his personality and style and illustrate why he was able to rise to power and accomplish what he did during his career.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant features multiple entree choices.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Texas Music Performance/ Austin Music Presentation/State Capitol and Bullock Texas History Museum
(Wednesday, April 30)

Note: Must be able to board public transportation and stand in museum for 2-3 hours

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a live music performance from a Grammy award winning piano player. Enjoy the boogie-woogie keyboard stylings of Floyd Domino, who has recorded and performed with Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Kelly Willis. Domino shares anecdotes about life as a performer on the road, with a humorous edge. PRESENTATION: Hear from a long-time reviewer of the Austin music scene how the city became known as the "Live Music Capital of the World". Discover how the music industry impacts the city and learn about the festivals that transform the city several times each year.
 Lunch: Walk to Capitol for lunch at the Capitol Grill before your tour.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Immerse yourself in the “Story of Texas” through a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Take a guided tour of one of the city’s most popular attractions. With a docent, tour the three-story museum, moving through the themes of land, identity and opportunity, with some time on your own to explore the artifacts and multi-media exhibits that reflect the state’s history and culture FIELD TRIP: With a guide, tour the largest state capitol in the country. Admire the Renaissance Revival architecture and granite masonry as you hear more about Texas history and the politics that shaped the state’s identity. Learn how Texans used inmate labor and massive land trades to finance construction of the magnificent building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After your tour, you will have some free time to discover other sites in downtown Austin, including the historic Driskill Hotel, as you return to the hotel. You can choose to explore the 4th Street or 6th Street districts, or head to South Congress to discover what "Keeps Austin Weird."
 Dinner: Find a restaurant that interests you in the downtown area surrounding your hotel.
 Evening: Your evening is unscheduled. You can catch a live show or enjoy a new restaurant in the city's trendiest area, just blocks from your hotel.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: LBJ Ranch/San Antonio
(Thursday, May 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Austin for the Texas Hill Country, LBJ Ranch, and San Antonio. Box lunch served on bus. The LBJ Ranch rests along the banks of the Pedernales River where Hereford cattle, white-tailed deer, and turkey abound. In the spring and summer, wildflowers, so beloved by the former first lady, accent the picturesque countryside. Visit LBJ's Texas ranch and the private residence, recently restored to its 1960s appearance and opened to the public, following the death of Mrs. Johnson. Continue on to San Antonio, hotel check-in.
 Dinner: Happy hour and catered dinner at hotel.
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: San Antonio Yesterday & Today/The River Walk & Alamo
(Friday, May 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: San Antonio Overview. Discover why San Antonio is undoubtedly one of America's unique cities. Its poignant and colorful history, ethnically varied people, and blending of cultural heritages set the city apart. While the River Walk and the Alamo define San Antonio symbolically, past political and cultural wars of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries resulted in six sovereign nations flying their flags over Texas. This created a mixture of inhabitants from Mexico, the Old South, the "Wild West," and Europe. Get the facts and figures on the city's demographics, economy, weather, geography, and ecology.
 Lunch: Sumptuous luncheon buffet en route to afternoon expert-led walk.
 Afternoon: Afternoon expert-led walk of the River Walk and Alamo. The heart of downtown San Antonio is the River Walk; the most significant historical event the battle of the Alamo.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant featuring multiple entree choices.
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cattle Drives in Texas/Briscoe Museum of Western Art/Mission San Jose/Narrated River Barge Ride
(Saturday, May 3)

Note: Must be able to stand in museum for 2 hours

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The life and times of frontier cowboys will emerge as you hear from an award-winning university professor about life on the trail. Find out how events of that time still impact society today and get a fascinating glimpse into the old west.
 Lunch: Lunch en route to the afternoon guided cultural field trip.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the newly-opened Briscoe Western Art museum, where exhibits show the crossing of peoples, ideas, cultures and commerce shaped the American west. Take in dramatic landscapes and enjoy depictions of the people and animals that inhabited the west years ago. FIELD TRIP: This afternoon's cultural field trip travels back in time to the Spanish colonial era of San Antonio in the 18th century. Unlike the original mission, now called the Alamo, the four other missions lie outside of downtown in more pastoral settings. All were situated near the San Antonio River to provide irrigation for crop cultivation, and some of the original "acequias" or ditches built in the 1740's are still in operation. The missions of San Antonio were some of the most successful in Texas, and the largest in the area, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, earned the name "Queen of the Missions." Visit the National Park Service Visitor's Center and experience the life of native people who were recruited to be the builders of these missions.
 Dinner: Festive farewell dinner at popular Mexican restaurant with local mariachi music.
 Evening: Narrated river barge cruise on San Antonio River.
Accommodations: Drury Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast/Departures
(Sunday, May 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  San Antonio, Texas SAS Shoe Factory and General Store
SAS Shoe Factory - 101 New Laredo Highway, telephone 877-782-7463 or 210-924-6507. Store hours: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5. For additional information, visit
  Botanical Gardens
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens house 33 acres of display gardens, fountains, and natural areas. The Halsell Conservatory, a 90,000-square-foot complex of below-ground houses that use the earth's insulation to limit plant exposure to the elements. Only the pyramidal glass roofs are visible from above ground. Sixteen feet below ground several ecosystems surround a courtyard and pond. Telephone 210-207-3255. For additional information, visit
  Casa Navarro State Historic Site
Former home of eminent statesman, rancher, Jose Antonio Navarro. Site consists of three restored structures: his home, kitchen and office. Navarro was among the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Site contains authentic period furnishings, personal memorabilia.
  El Mercado
A two-block long festival market that includes El Mercado, a typical market from the interior of Mexico selling pinatas, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, cascarones and pottery.
  Guenther House
Historic house built by Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of Pioneer Flour Mills, in 1859. Restored by the company as a museum, restaurant, and retail store. Telephone 210-227-1061. For additional information, visit
  IMAX - "Alamo...The Price of Freedom"
"Alamo...The Price of Freedom," is a 48-minute docudrama film that re-creates the 13-day seige and fall of the Alamo. Immense screen and magnetic stereo sound system places visitors in the middle of the action as the battle unfolds, as 189 defenders fought and died for the cause of Texas liberty. Telephone 210-247-4629. For additional information, visit
  San Antonio Museum of Art
Since its opening in 1981, the museum has become home to an array of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, European and American paintings, contemporary art, Oceanic art, decorative art, and near Eastern and Islamic art. Housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery that was built in 1884. Telephone 210-978-8100. For additional information, visit
  Southwest School of Art and Craft
A community-based professional-level art school, visitors can see contemporary art exhibitions and hear lectures by visiting artists. The adjacent, contemporary Navarro Campus features a large gallery for contemporary art. Great restaurant open for lunch. For additional information, visit
  Spanish Governor's Palace
In 1772, San Antonio became the seat of Spanish government in Texas, headquartered at 10-room Spanish Governor's Palace on Military Plaza. It was to this adobe-walled structure that Moses Austin came in 1820 for permission to bring a colony of U.S. citizens into Spanish Texas. Telephone 210-224-0601.
  Steves Homestead
Located on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, was built in 1876 by Edward Steves, who immigrated to Texas in 1848 and later founded the Steves Lumber Company. Victorian-era mansion also features Carriage House with antique carriages on display, the Gardener's Quarters (now a visitor center) and beautiful landscaping. Telephone 210-225-5924.
  Austin, Texas Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits continues to be the best show in town. The longest-running PBS series showcases American music and Texas music in particular. Located on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Call the ACL hotline at (512) 475-9077 for full details. For additional information, visit
  Blanton Museum of Art
Museum's permanent collection includes more than 17,000 works that span the history of Eastern civilization - from ancient art to the more recent contemporary works. Known as one of the foremost university art museum's in the nation, is recognized for its Old Masters prints, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings. For additional information, visit
  Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
This state-of-the-art museum features exhibits and interactive experiences that trace Texas history from before European exploration to the early 1970's. A 400-seat IMAX Theatre features 2-D and 3-D films. The Texas Spirit Theater's "Star of Destiny" presentation is a brief history of the Lone Star State, including three-dimensional images, special lighting and sound effects, as well as shaking seats as visitors witness a gusher from a Texas oil derrick and takeoff on a Saturn V rocket. Telephone 512-936-8746. For additional information, visit
  Congress Avenue Bridge
Boasting one of the largest urban colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats, the bridge is home to a bat population of 1.5 million from April to October that creates a spectacle at sunset with a mass exodus from underneath the bridge for nocturnal flight. For additional information, visit
  Elisabet Ney Museum
National Historic Site and studio of famed German sculptress who immigrated to Texas in the 1870's. Her works stand in European palaces, the Texas and National Capitols, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art. Largest collection at her studio here. For additional information, visit
  LBJ Library and Museum
Museum chronicles the life of our 36th President. Archives/museum relating to LBJ and office of the presidency in general; colorful highlights of political campaigns. Exhibits include gifts from foreign heads of state, a moon rock, replica of the Oval Office and changing exhibits. Open 9-5 daily except Christmas. No charge for admission. The LBJ Library is on the University of Texas at Austin campus. For additional information, visit
  Ransom Center
One of the world's finest cultural archives, center houses a rare Gutenberg Bible, printed in 1455. Other exhibits include 30 million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art. Recently renovated, the facility showcases changing exhibits from the permanent holdings. On The University of Texas campus. No admission fee. For additional information, visit
  South Congress
One of the hippest Austin hangouts, also called SoCo, colorful stretch of Congress Avenue, lined with quirky shops, trendy dining spots, unique accommodations, art galleries and music venues.
  State Capitol Complex
The Capitol, a massive statehouse constructed of Texas pink granite, dominates the 46 acre, park-like area. Capitol Visitors Center is housed in the renovated General Land Office building constructed around 1857, the oldest state office building. Exhibits include a pictorial history of the Capitol's renovations and a 23-minute informational video, plus the history of the Texas General Land Office. One gallery features rotating exhibits. Located on the State Capitol grounds, in the old General Land Office Building, is one of the 12 Texas Travel Information Centers operated by the Texas Department of Transportation for the convenience of the traveling public. For additional information, visit
  Texas Memorial Museum
Historical, archaeological and geological collections. Includes the fossil remains of the largest flying creature ever found, a Pterosaur, with a wingspan of more than 40 feet that lived in Texas 65 million years ago. Other exhibition items range from gems and minerals to fossils and meteorites. No admission fee. For additional information, visit
  Umlauf Sculpture Garden
One of the few exhibits devoted to a single sculptor, The Umlauf Sculpture Garden displays some 150 examples of works by Charles Umlauf, nationally acclaimed sculptor. Indoor exhibits in modern museum; others scattered along walks through tree-shaded garden. Admission fee. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda

Author: Gail Collins

Description: Gail Collins, the best-selling author and columnist for the New York Times, visited Texas and discovered that in Texas, where Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political agenda that is now sweeping the country and defining our national identity. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, lax environmental standards, and draconian tax cuts, through its fierce championing of states rights, gun ownership, and, of course, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions, has become the bellwether of a far-reaching national movement that continues to have profound social and economic consequences for us all. Like it or not, as Texas goes, so goes the nation.

Imperial Texas: An Interpretive Essay in Cultural Geography

Author: D.W. Meinig

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Author: S. C. Gwynne

Description: S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas

Author: Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

Description: The founding of Austin sparked one of the Republic’s first great political battles, pitting against each other two Texas titans: Lamar, who in less than a year had risen to vice president from army private, and Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto and a man both loved and hated throughout the Republic.

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate

Author: Robert A. Caro

Lone Star Rising: Lyndon B. Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960

Author: Robert Dallek

Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town

Author: Red Wassenich

Description: Entertaining text and over 180 color photos show the colorful places, people, and doings in Austin, Texas' capital city. Tour the Cathedral of Junk built with over 700 bicycles. Meet Leslie, the cross-dressing perennial mayoral candidate. Party at the Spamarama, Austin's premier weird cook-off. Keep your eyes peeled for the cruising art cars.

Austin City Limits: 25 Years of American Music

Author: John T. Davis

Description: This book documents in words and pictures, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes images, the performances of the more than five hundred stellar recording artists who have appeared on the show. This book features a foreword by Lyle Lovett and over 200 color illustrations.

Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German Furstenverein

Author: Friedrich Armand Strubberg and James C. Kearney

Gates of the Alamo (historically accurate novel)

Author: Stephen Harrigan

Gone to Texas, a History of the Lone Star State

Author: Randolph Campbell

San Antonio, The Story of an Enchanted City

Author: Frank W. Jennings

San Antonio: Outpost of Empires

Author: Lewis F. Fisher

Texas Ranger: Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest

Author: James Greer

Description: John Coffee Hays helped to forge the legend of what a Texas Ranger was. Arriving in Texas in 1836 but just missing the famous battles of the Texas Revolution, nineteen-year-old Hays soon had Sam Houston urging him to join a new group of Rangers.

Three Roads to the Alamo, the Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, & William Barret Travis

Author: William C. Davis

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