Getting “In The Know” Austin
It’s a tricky thing getting your bearings in a new city, and if I’d had any idea a month ago, when I got here, what a handy trick it would be to map things out with a guided tour of the city, I’d have jumped in the tour van long ago.
This weekend I caught a ride around town with Austin Overtures, a service that offers a 90-minute guided tour of Austin and environs. It’s a fantastic way to get an overview of the city. 90 minutes covers an astounding amount of ground, from the hill country outside of Austin to the south part of town, downtown and the UT area. Along the way they point out a huge array of the attractions Austin offers, from restaurants to parks to museums and a great deal in between. You’d actually do well to bring a notebook along to keep track of destinations you want to check out later. If there’s any downside it’s that photo-ops are a bit tricky because the van is always on the move, but they offer a CD with professional photos of the route for $7.95.
Contact them at 512-659-9478 or at www.austinovertures.com.
Adam Breckenridge is a graduate of the MFA in creative writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles and currently lives in Oklahoma City where he works on classified military documents. He has traveled much of the United States and Europe and plans on taking on the rest of the world. He also writes a film column for http://www.examiner.com/x-3282-Oklahoma-City-Film-Examiner.