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Texas

On the Road: San Antonio, Texas Hill Country and Austin

Explore Texas with experts on a bigger-than-life adventure as you discover Tex-Mex in San Antonio, learn about music and politics in Austin and visit LBJ's Hill Country ranch.
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Program No. 10459RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,699
Texas

On the Road: San Antonio, Texas Hill Country and Austin

Explore Texas with experts on a bigger-than-life adventure as you discover Tex-Mex in San Antonio, learn about music and politics in Austin and visit LBJ's Hill Country ranch.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,699
Program No. 10459 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
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1,699
Nov 7 - Nov 13, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
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Oct 10 - Oct 16, 2021
Starting at
2,279
Nov 7 - Nov 13, 2021
Starting at
2,279

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
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 two hours a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a study cruise along the River Walk in festive San Antonio to find out how the city blends new development with historic preservation of cultural treasures.
  • 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.
  • Get the “low-down” on politics in Austin, and 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.
Featured Expert
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Carolina Castillo Crimm
A retired professor of history, Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm won many local and state-wide awards, including the prestigious Piper Award as one of the best teachers in Texas. Dedicated to Texas and Hispanic culture, her Spanish family came to Texas originally in 1792 although she was born and raised in Mexico City. The author of “De Leon: A Tejano Family History,” she has appeared on PBS and “The History Channel.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jim Selcraig View biography
Jim Selcraig was born and grew up in Texas. He went to Baylor University for his undergraduate degree, then attended the University of Illinois for his master’s and Ph.D. degrees. His dissertation was on the Red Scare (commonly called McCarthyism) in the Midwest. He has been at Texas State University in San Marcos for over 20 years, teaching both Texas history and a variety of U.S. history courses.
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Carolina Castillo Crimm View biography
A retired professor of history, Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm won many local and state-wide awards, including the prestigious Piper Award as one of the best teachers in Texas. Dedicated to Texas and Hispanic culture, her Spanish family came to Texas originally in 1792 although she was born and raised in Mexico City. The author of “De Leon: A Tejano Family History,” she has appeared on PBS and “The History Channel.”
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Floyd Domino View biography
Floyd Domino is an American musician known for his work in the genre of Western swing. Born in California, Floyd’s close association with Western swing coincided when he joined the group Asleep at the Wheel at the age of 19. After playing for seven years with the band, he is now an “AATW Alumnus” who still joins them for featured performances. While Floyd is widely recognized for the revival of Western swing, he began his career with a broad grounding in jazz, boogie-woogie, swing and blues piano. He regularly performs as the Floyd Domino Jazz Trio, showcasing a unique blend of jazz and blues. Floyd has performed with noted musicians including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings and the Crickets. He has also contributed to promoting American roots music through his appearances at schools, camps and other learning organizations.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
by Skip Hollandsworth
Before Jack the Ripper mutilated prostitutes in the dark corners of London in the late 19th-century, Austin, TX, was besieged by a vicious killer whose victims were African American servants. He cut up women with an axe to the head and left them bloody in their beds. Racism delayed justice for a year. Black men became so terrified of the police that they rubbed their feet and legs with asafoetida, a natural paste slaves had used when running away from their masters to throw off bloodhounds. This is a painstakingly researched book written by a Texas native that examines prejudices, which still keep justice at bay.
Gates of the Alamo (historically accurate novel)
by Stephen Harrigan
A huge, riveting, deeply imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836--an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history--The Gates of the Alamo follows the lives of three people whose fates become bound to the now-fabled Texas fort.
Three Roads to the Alamo, the Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
by William C. Davis
As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda
by Gail Collins
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.
Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas
by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr
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.
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America
by Nick Kotz
Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr., were thrust together in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Both men sensed a historic opportunity and began a delicate dance of accommodation that moved them, and the entire nation, toward the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources -- Johnson's taped telephone conversations, voluminous FBI wiretap logs, previously secret communications between the FBI and the president -- Nick Kotz gives us a dramatic narrative, rich in dialogue, that presents this momentous period with thrilling immediacy. Judgment Days offers needed perspective on a presidency too often linked solely to the tragedy of Vietnam.
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
by S. C. Gwynne
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.
Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy
by Lonn Taylor
In a collection of essays about Texas gathered from his West Texas newspaper column, Lonn Taylor traverses the very best of Texas geography, Texas history, and Texas personalities. In a state so famous for its pride, Taylor manages to write a very honest, witty, and wise book about Texas past and Texas present.
People of the Storm
by Allen Lee Hamilton
People of the Storm is a sweeping historical novel about the epic and often brutal struggle between the United States and the Kiowa Indians over land, culture, and a way of life.
The Alamo Remembered, Tejano Accounts & Perspectives
by Timothy M. Matovina
Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream: The Most Revealing Portrait of a President and Presidential Power Ever Written
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Widely praised and enormously popular, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream is a work of biography like few others. With uncanny insight and a richly engrossing style, the author renders LBJ in all his vibrant, conflicted humanity.
Austin City Limits: 25 Years of American Music
by John T. Davis
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
by Friedrich Armand Strubberg and James C. Kearney
Meals
15 Meals
6 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Oct 10, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021 (San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas)
  • Oct 10, 2021 - Oct 16, 2021 (San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas)
  • Nov 07, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021 (San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas)
2 nights
San Antonio
Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects 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. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views. Also featured is a breath-taking view of sunset over the San Fernando Cathedral from hotel's 14th floor Cathedral Terrace. To make reservations for additional nights before or after your program, please call 800-378-7946. Tell the agent you are participating in a Road Scholar program and use rate code 301219. This will allow you to reserve a room at a discounted rate at either the Drury Plaza River Walk hotel downtown, or the Pear Tree Inn San Antonio Airport. You can also make reservations directly online, using the following link: https://wwws.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?property=0130&corpid=301219
1 night
Fredericksburg
A tranquil oasis in the heart of the Texas Hill Country located on five beautiful acres alongside Barons Creek.
3 nights
Austin
The newly renovated Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center offers full-service amenities at the Courtyard value. Adjacent to the Austin Convention Center and within walking distance of the 6th Street music scene and one-of-a-kind places to eat and shop, this is a premier choice among Austin Convention Center hotels. At the doorstep of the Courtyard Austin Downtown are the State Capitol, the University of Texas, the flagship store of Whole Foods Market, and the trendy Warehouse District. With 6,600 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, upgraded WiFi, valet and self-parking, on-site Champions Restaurant & Bar and Starbucks, we’re the best choice among Austin Convention Center hotels. Updated guest rooms offer panoramic views of the city, ergonomic workspace, and floor-to-ceiling, soundproof windows. Stay with us when in town for upcoming Austin Marathon, SXSW, Circuit of the Americas / Formula One, and Comic Con.
2 nights
San Antonio
Enjoy historical elegance and spectacular views along the famous River Walk. The Drury Plaza Hotel is the restored 1929 Alamo National Bank Building, located on the River Walk, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using Art Deco ornamentation and the principles of the Beaux-Arts, the architects 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. The outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, on the hotel's 24th floor, features city-wide views. Also featured is a breath-taking view of sunset over the San Fernando Cathedral from hotel's 14th floor Cathedral Terrace. To make reservations for additional nights before or after your program, please call 800-378-7946. Tell the agent you are participating in a Road Scholar program and use rate code 301219. This will allow you to reserve a room at a discounted rate at either the Drury Plaza River Walk hotel downtown, or the Pear Tree Inn San Antonio Airport. You can also make reservations directly online, using the following link: https://wwws.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?property=0130&corpid=301219
1 night
Fredericksburg
A tranquil oasis in the heart of the Texas Hill Country located on five beautiful acres alongside Barons Creek.
3 nights
Austin
The newly renovated Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center offers full-service amenities at the Courtyard value. Adjacent to the Austin Convention Center and within walking distance of the 6th Street music scene and one-of-a-kind places to eat and shop, this is a premier choice among Austin Convention Center hotels. At the doorstep of the Courtyard Austin Downtown are the State Capitol, the University of Texas, the flagship store of Whole Foods Market, and the trendy Warehouse District. With 6,600 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, upgraded WiFi, valet and self-parking, on-site Champions Restaurant & Bar and Starbucks, we’re the best choice among Austin Convention Center hotels. Updated guest rooms offer panoramic views of the city, ergonomic workspace, and floor-to-ceiling, soundproof windows. Stay with us when in town for upcoming Austin Marathon, SXSW, Circuit of the Americas / Formula One, and Comic Con.





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