TravelMag dubs Detours an Austin MUST!

Austin has so many unique offerings throughout the city to partake in...it can be hard to choose which is going to create the longest lasting memories! We are lucky enough to live in such a culture-rich community full of different day to day…
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Guide Spotlight: Kurt Lammers

Whether he is two-stepping at White Horse or leading a bachelorette party around town on an Ultimate Scavenger Hunt, one thing is for certain: Kurt knows how to keep folks entertained! He often uses his musical talent along our tours, and is…

Guide Spotlight: Sunny Fairly

An Austin Detours family favorite right here! Sunny has a way of brightening up even the cloudiest of days with the nonstop pep in his step! Having Sunny as your guide on any of our tours is truly a unique and inclusive experience. We took a…
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Philadelphia Street Art Tour

A street art tour in Philadelphia? Where do we even begin? The word street art in Philadelphia is pretty loaded, just because of how many different styles and pieces the city boasts. Everything from sculptures like their world famous…
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Mallorca Day Trip: 4 must visit locations around the Spanish Island

As the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is not a place you can cover in one day and with its laid-back character and calm calas, that’s not exactly something most vacationing there aspire to do. But with Mallorca’s long, fascinating…
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Taste of Bavaria: 5 Beer Stops you must visit in Munich

On the beer lovers’ bucket list tour of the world, Munich ranks high. The city is packed with beer gardens and halls that not only offer something tasty to quench your thirst, but an amazing cultural experience. There is no better way to guide…

Guide Spotlight: Elisa Regulski

If you have the pleasure of going on a tour with Elisa, you’ll quickly learn that she is the quintessential Austinite: taco-obsessed, passionate about music and in the know of all the hippest new places around town. We took a few minutes to…
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Guide Spotlight: Ike Eickstaedt

Welcome to the Austin Detours team, Ike! Ike started with us about three months ago, and we are so happy to have his positive energy on our team. Ike has an acronym for his name that is a mantra he lives by daily: Imagine Kindness Everywhere.…
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Guide Spotlight : Steven McFarlin

Veteran tour guide Steven McFarlin has been with Austin Detours since the early days. We took a moment to ask him what he loves about Austin and being a tour guide in such a weird and wonderful city. How did you wind up in Austin, TX? I…

Dominate SXSW Without a Badge - Tips, Tricks & Wisdom

Doing SXSW without a badge (free, or mostly free) is very possible and even enjoyable. No need to spend a fortune on a pass. Going badge-less means attending day parties, so set your alarm clock. You'll be burning the candle at both ends this…
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Great Houston Eats While Braving the Super Bowl Crowds This Weekend

You’re in Houston for the Super Bowl, and the crowds are starting to get to you. There are still a few days before kickoff, and you would love to grab a bite or a beer without waiting in a huge line. So here’s the secret: find the Houston…
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Austin Bucket List for 2017

It's no surprise that if 110 people move to Austin everyday, the city is ever-changing, in a constant state of transformation and growth. It seems like new businesses pop up by the dozens everyday, while others disappear suddenly, or relocate.…
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Sunday Driving in the Texas Hill Country: Where to Stop, What to See, What to Eat

Austin's Sunday brunch culture is fun and adventurous in its own right, but in most cases involves waiting among throngs of other folks with similar ideas of midmorning snacking with friends and family. Turn your Sunday Funday into a scenic…
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5 Ways To Add Holiday Cheer To Your Workplace, Austin Style

With the holidays on the horizon, glimmering like a beacon of hope, with promise of time off and minimal worries about work, it can be hard to keep morale up in the office when everyone's minds are set on family festivities. That's why incorporating…
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5 Live Music Venues in Austin That Also Have Great Food

  It's no secret that when it comes to what we're thankful for this Thanksgiving, it's definitely Austin's live music scene. What could possibly be better than seeing a show in the Live Music Capitol of the World? Well, perhaps seeing…

Darn this city is inspiring! 11 Austin Quotes

Austinites don't need a reason to realize how great a city we live in. Great Food. Amazing Craft Beer. Endless Watering Holes. A Thriving Arts Scene. Sun Almost Every Day. Good Music. Need I go on... But it sure is nice to hear what…
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5 Places to Stay Cool in Austin this Summer…other than Barton Springs

Summer is upon us Austin! If you’re anything like us - a plunge into cold water is ideal after a day of touring Austin in over 100-degree heat. We love Barton Springs, but it’s not the only cool place to hang out this summer. Check out five…

Live Music Capital of the World: 5 Austin musicians you can’t miss

In 1991 Austin was proclaimed the "live music capital of the world" after discovering the city has more music venues per capita than anywhere else in the USA. With over 250 live music venues and a mix of long-time musicians and bands playing…
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Eye Spy Street Art: 5 Austin street artists and their style

Consider Austin a blank canvas or even an ever-changing masterpiece. Though the humble street artists that paint the city would never admit to the latter, that’s how we think of their work and something we’re very proud to show off on all…
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Wining down in the Texas Hill Country

Central Texas may not have been on your radar of great American wine destinations, but the state has a long history of wine production and crafting award-winning wines across the region. Did you know that vines were actually planted in…
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Austin's Hidden Gems Part 2: Texas Military Forces Museum

If military history is your thing, the Texas Military Forces Museum, tucked away deep inside the active Camp Mabry, is a great way to pass a few hours. Located a few miles north of downtown and just off of Mopac, the museum houses a bunch…
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Lonely Planet Features Austin!

Christa Larwood and Kris Davidson were in Austin earlier this year researching for Lonely Planet's “Great Escape – Texas” article that was published in the June 2105 Lonely Planet Traveler magazine. The team visited Austin as well…
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3 Austin Architecture Icons

Austin architecture is as diverse and eclectic as the city’s art and music, and in this blog we look at three examples that are sure to catch the eye of first-time visitors. Bring a camera with a full battery and an empty memory card,…
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3 Great Austin Neighborhoods

Austin’s neighborhoods are diverse and serve up a host of living options. Want a lakefront gated community (if you can afford it)? You got it. Looking for a cute heritage cottage surrounded by a bunch more cute heritage cottages? You got…
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Austin's Live Music Scene: A Quick History

Austin’s live music scene has been going strong since the German beer hall days of the 1870’s. In fact, the oldest continuously operated business west of the Mississippi is Sholtz Garten on San Jacinto Boulevard. General Custer used…
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Austin's Growth Part 1: Some Numbers

It isn’t new news that Austin is a fantastic city and one of the coolest, greenest, healthiest and downright best places to live in the nation. Everyone from Forbes to Kiplingers has written about our growth, and in this blog we take a…
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Austin's Hidden Gems Part 1: Mayfield Park

As far as hidden gems go, Mayfield Park is a whopping 10 carat diamond, tucked away at 3505 W 35th Street just a short drive from downtown. If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat where you can escape the city bustle and surround yourself…
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Austin's Food Trucks Part 1: Desserts

Austin’s food trucks now number over 2,000 and serve everything from octopus salad to beef tongue tacos to lavender-infused ice cream. The food is awesome and the atmosphere anything from urban chic to grunge-cool, and the most popular…
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3 Essentials for Exploring Austin

Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport provides a convenient and hassle-free gateway to our awesome city. You can be kickin’ back on 6th Street, exploring SOCO, or taking in a live music show within a half hour of arriving at the gate.…
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Real Austin Tours: Perfect for Locals & Visitors

Our Real Austin Tours continue to grow in popularity with Austin visitors and locals alike. At $35 for a 2-hour city tour, including a snack at one of the city’s iconic food trucks, we think our tour offerings are the best value anywhere…
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Austin Bachelorette Party Fun

We’ve recently run several awesome Austin bachelorette party events for groups of lovely ladies from Chicago, New York, Green Bay, Dallas, Miami, San Antonio and, of course, our beloved Austin! Austin has so many cool activities for…
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Real Austin Tours for Colleges and Schools

We've been providing lots of cool Austin experiences to colleges and schools in recent months. One of our favorite groups was those super-nice folks from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. The management students…
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Awesome Austin Team Event for Pepsi

We recently took care of 60 great folks from Gamesa, a division of Pepsi, while they were holding a team event in Austin. Gamesa is a major producer of cookies and exports its goodies to more than 16 countries worldwide. We just knew the…
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Lonely Planet and JW Marriott in Austin

This week we've had the privilege of working with two of the biggest names in the travel and tourism business: Lonely Planet and JW Marriott. LP was in Austin researching for a future edition of one of their iconic travel guides, and we helped…

Wonderful Company Holiday Party

Our friends at Capstone Works had some lovely things to say about their recent Christmas holiday party: "Just about the time I was thinking I need to plan a Christmas party for our small company team, we received a flyer in the mail for Austin…
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Beer, Wurst and Nimitz: A Day in Fredericksburg, TX

We recently took a visiting family from England on a private detour to Fredericksburg, where they enjoyed beer, wurst, and an informative and reflective day at the National Museum of the Pacific War. We also made a quick stop in Johnson City…

A Corporate Offsite for ING: Bank on Us

We recently handcrafted an awesome corporate offsite for our friends at ING, the international bank. We visited three of our favorite Austin venues - Takoba, Hops & Grain, and Gourdough's - and mixed in some unique fun activities to make…
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Sunday Funday at Threadgills

Our popular Sunday Funday detour this week took guests to Threadgill's for a great brunch and fantastic uplifting music from The Stapletones. Here's a photo from our great seats close to the action! The Stapletones are Ange Kogutz on…

Austin Live Music Crawl

We recently ran a super-fun live music crawl where we took guests on a tour of some of the best live music venues Austin has to offer. We started with outdoor eats and drinks at one the East Side's awesome food trailer parks, before heading…
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Culinary Crawl: A Recent Feast Trio

We recently ran our Culinary Crawl detour for members of the local press and hotel concierge community, and, as the photos show, a delicious time was had by all! We started at Odd Duck on South Lamar, where we were treated to tater tots with…

BBQ & Boot Stompin'

We recently tailored a unique BBQ-themed private detour for two overseas clients stopping over in Austin as part of a summer-long adventure around the US. They wanted to combine our BBQ & Brew and Boot Stompin’ detours, so we handcrafted…

Crafty Fun at Stitch Lab

Stitch Lab owner Leslie Bonnell has created a crafting paradise at her great South 1st Street location. Leslie started offering sewing classes back in 2001 and these became so popular she upsized and hired extra instructors. The range of…
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White Wine Summer Friday @ The Austin Winery

We really like what Ross and Cooper are doing at The Austin Winery. We love wine but often feel intimated at some of the fancier upscale wine bars in town. That’s not to say The Austin Winery is shabby – far from it – but the atmosphere…

Texas BBQ Doesn't Get More Iconic Than SaltLick BBQ

The Salt Lick at Driftwood is as iconic a venue as you'll find anywhere in the meaty world of Texas BBQ. A stone's throw from Austin, you can smell the awesome smokiness as soon as you drive into the (vast) parking lot. You'll still smell…