This walking tour provides the visitor with many views of Texas History. Starting with the beautiful state capitol building, the capitol grounds filled with historic monuments and memorials, and museums dedicated to Texas History and famous Texans, and ending with drinks at one of Texas' most famous watering holes.
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 the museums.
If you return to the Capitol at sundown, you'll see the red granite sparkling in the waning sunlight or blazing shades of red, orange and pink.
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.
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 the Oval Office.
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 gets done at Scholz.