:: Austin Programs

San Antonio, LBJ’s Hill Country, Austin: Pride of the Lone Star State

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Lady Bird in Hill Country

Lady Bird in Hill Country

LBJ Ranch

LBJ Ranch

The Alamo

The Alamo

#10459: Single Course/6 Nights

Fall 2014: 10/12/2014-10/18/2014

Spring 2015: 04/26/2015-05/02/2015

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Challenge the myth of the stereotypical Texan as you explore the powerful history and politics of the Lone Star State. In Austin, get the “low-down” on politics and shenanigans at the state capitol; hear The Story of Texas at the Texas State History Museum. At the LBJ Library and Museum, survey 20th-century history and the life of our 36th president; review the Great Society and Vietnam. Skyscrapers yield to rolling hills for a day at the LBJ Ranch, still a working ranch, and Fredericksburg. In festive, multicultural San Antonio, an overview of the city precedes exploration of America’s oldest Spanish mission complex, the Alamo and River Walk. Expert historians and guided walks through the King William Historic District and La Villita bring alive San Antonio’s old legacies and multi-ethnic traditions. Through stories of Texas’ frontier settlers learn the origins of Texas music; hear Texas Tall Tales and storytelling at its best. A traditional Mexican feast tops off your adventure.


Signature City Austin: A Capital Adventure

Austin Capitol with Outdoor Rotunda

Austin Capitol with Outdoor Rotunda

Austin Mural

Austin Mural

Austin’s Sixth Street

Austin’s Sixth Street

LBJ Ranch

LBJ Ranch

#13184: Course/5 Nights

Fall 2014: 10/12/2014-10/17/2014
Spring 2015: 01/18/2015-01/23/2015

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History, culture and music all converge at the states capital, Austin. See which myths of the stereotypical Texan explode before your eyes and which don’t. Expert lectures on Texas’ history of controversial politics from shenanigans at the state capital during the administrations of Ma and Pa Ferguson and Pappy O’Daniel to editorial cartoons of LBJ during the 60s. Day trip to the Texas White House along the banks of the Pedernales, still a working ranch and final resting place of LBJ and Lady Bird. Austin’s museums: review the life of our 36th President at the LBJ Library, view the Gutenberg Bible at the HRC, survey Texas history at the Bullock. Throughout, take in Austin’s eclectic music scene here at the “Live Music Capital of the World.”