What is a detour?

  1. A shared, interactive experience between guests and hosts, making every tour one-of-a-kind.
  2. A balance between “headline” and “offbeat” Austin so guests can check off their bucket list and also experience the unexpected wow moments.
  3. An experience led by big-personality, local-expert hosts. We don’t simply “find Tour Guides,” we seek out culture creators – actors, musicians, comedians, and other talented locals.

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A shared, interactive experience between guests and hosts, making every tour one-of-a-kind.

A balance between “headline” and “offbeat” Austin so guests can check off their bucket list and also experience the unexpected wow moments.

An experience led by big-personality, local-expert hosts. We don’t simply “find Tour Guides,” we seek out culture creators – actors, musicians, comedians, and other talented locals.

Our Team

ELIZABETH ALDERSON
| Owner & Chief Experience Officer

Creator. Dreamer. Mom of twins + 1. World Traveler. Harley-Davidson rider. Adventure-seeker. Pickle-addict.

MANDY ARNOLD
| Director Of Experiences

Plant lady. Chicken momma. National Park explorer. Cheese hater. Pinterest princess. Camping queen.

MARIELLE KNEMOELLER
| Senior Experience Manager

World traveler. Dog momma. Loves to cook. Cheese and wine lover. Happiest when at the beach.

ASHLEY PARK
| Marketing Manager

Comedic entertainer and improvisor. Expert cat pillow. Wine lover. Filmie. Prone to breaking out into random accents and songs. Podcast host.

SIERRA VERNON
| Office Manager

Enthusiasm enthusiast. Singer. One woman musical theatre. Lover of food. Rockstar.

SHEENA GENDRON
| Operations Manager

Sassy. Crazy Crafter. Whovian. Rockhound and Gem Hunter. Biliophile. List Maker and Note Taker. The Magician in the Tarot Deck.

ALISON LAMELL
| Experience Manager

Amazon woman. Dog mom. Crafter. Aspiring green thumb. Using her height to reach the top shelf since ’92.

JOEY GREEN
| Experience Manager

Australian, Vegemite lover, Drummer, Sight see'er, Creative enthusiast

JASON WEEMS
| Experience Host

Award-winning singer-songwriter. 17-year Austin music veteran. Local history expert. Podcast creator. Folk festival producer. Origami folder. Science geek.

STEVEN MCFARLIN
| Experience Host

Award winning comedian. 50+ TV appearances. Performed in every state and 32 countries. Published author. Screenwriter. Collector of “Do Not Disturb” signs.

SUNNY FAIRLY
| Experience Host

Artist. Musician. Glass Sculptor. Die hard crowd pleaser. Swimming hole scout. Singer. Patio lover. Real name Billy. Friends changed name because he really is like a ray of sunshine.

JOE VALADEZ
| Experience Host

Drummer. Jazz nut. Colorblind. Teacher. Ocean lover. Music festival junkie. Won contest for best hair.

IKE EICKSTAEDT
| Experience Host

Unicyclist. Jaw harp enthusiast. Trumpeter. Although childless....collector of Dad jokes. Metal artist. Geodesic Dome fabricator. Buckminster Fuller Super-Fan.

RICHARD KRIESE
| Experience Host

Living out most Dad jokes. Globe trotter. Loooong time Austinite. Soccer super fan. Addicted to Home Remodeling.

MATT ALSPAUGH
| Experience Host

Comedic improver. Sports fan. Book worm. Movie buff. Coffee lover. Dad-like.

BOBBY STRUZICK
| Experience Host

Curiosity seeker, travel bug, baseball fanatic, penguin aficionado, animal trivia beast, searching for the greatest running trail anywhere, big time hugger, professional nap taker, lover of writing

JAX WASHINGTON
| Experience Host

Mixtape Maven. Olympic Chocoholic. Wrong Lyrics in the Car Singer. Biography Binger. Plawright/Novelist. Green Tea Connosieur. Ghost Hunter.

MARTIN MOELLER
| Experience Host

Pianist. Wine-Enthusiast. Fantasy Nerd. River Lover.Stinky Cheese Hater. Dog Lover. Happy Dad.

MARK DOWNS
| Experience Host

Map Maker. Paragon of Crossword Puzzling. Sierra Nevada Enthusiast. Game Designer. Quietly Confident Dance Floor Smasher. Calififornia Bay Area Native. Keeper of Many Unique Nicknames.

ALLY QUEST
| Experience Host

Costume collector, Player of multiple instruments, Actress / Improver / Creater, Got married in a cave, Expert crafter

BRENT BELLINGER
| Experience Host

Aquatic scientist. Traveler. Bowler. Fantasy Football enthusiast. Reader. Seinfelt quoter.

CHRIS GONZELEZ
| Experience Host

Taco Guru. Thespian. Musician. Certified Yogi. Proud Cat Dad. Outdoor Explorer. Beach Dweller.

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